Monarch Beach Resort
About Monarch Beach ResortThe Monarch Beach Resort is a grand Mediterranean retreat that has earned AAA Five Diamond Awards since 2003 and Mobil/Forbes Five Star Awards since 2007. The first Miraval Life in Balance Spa in California debuted in 2016 as part of a $40 million refresh. The Monarch Bay Club is a private beach club across the street. Every day ends with champagne sabering at the Lobby Lounge to celebrate another spectacular SoCal day.
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Great time Friday. Greens were perfect. The smoked tri-tip tacos at the Monarch Café were super yummy. I can’t say enough about the stuff they are great from beginning to end.
Monarch has a great course in superb condition with a cool breeze and ocean views it is a great setting!! Renee in the pro shop was very helpful to select some souvenirs for the family. Check in is easy and valet guys are quick and friendly. Treat yourself to a round here!!
Gotta Love Monarch Beach Golf Links
Great greens that roll true.
The course starts you out with a very short par 4 that puts in a birdie frame of mind.
Fabulous views of the Pacific ocean from many holes.
Hole # 3 is very short par 4 and right next to the surf at Salt Creek beach.
Renee in the pro shop knows the latest golf fashions! I just bought very cool reversible belt that she picked out.
Fantastic course, fantastic layout! The course was in great condition and the staff was awesome! I would recommend to anyone!
Top Notch All Around
I have been blessed enough to play here a handful of times. Each time has been nothing short of exceptional. From the friendly staff to the course conditions, all aspects have been tremendous. Our bags were loaded and ready for us by the time we walked out from the golf shop, the starter greeted us as soon as we walked downstairs, and they had hand towels and lemonade waiting for us when we returned. Don't forget to stop by the golf shop on your way out for a fresh baked cookie!!!! You read that right, they have complementary cookies at the counter. No other course in the area offers nice touches like that.
The course itself was very well maintained and challenging, yet fair, as any RTJ designed courses tend to be. In a day and age where a 5-hour round is almost expected, we played a mid Saturday morning round in just over 4:30!!!! If you get an opportunity, I would highly recommend trying out the Golf Boards that they offer. It's a fun experience that only made the day that much better.
If you have an opportunity to play here, do not pass it up. You will not be disappointed!!!
Course was in great shape after some recent improvements and greens aerification. They no longer overseed which is way better. The staff is the best I have ever seen. Everyone from valet, to the Pro, marshal, etc. is very friendly. Worth the trip.
Nice Location but poor course condition.
Everything about Monarch Beach is excellent except for the course. Poor course condition with fairways with dead and patches of grass all over. Greens where so so and in poor condition. Muni atmosphere. too bad this place and location are nice but just not up to par it seems run down. Hope Management would take care of this course. I've played with some members and were very critical. And after playing this course twice, I wouldn't recommend it.
Not the best 1st time out
Course is pretty nice, conditions were good. Greens and bunkers were as good as it gets, but fairways and rough were dormant and pretty bare in quite a few spots.
As for the ocean views, its more of a view. 1 hole you’re really out there and it is pretty amazing.
Now for the real issue. Pace of play. My son and I teed off on a Saturday at 11:40 and we finished up at a little after 5. That is completely inexcusable and should not be allowed or tolerated. That alone will probably make it so we choose another course when splurging on a nice round. It was miserably slow.
Learn the course
This is a great track. Plays longer than indicated distances. Many blind shots. Get a course map before you play. Much more difficult and challenging than most "resort courses."
Three holes are actually down on the beach with waves rolling in.
Very beautiful golf course but I can't stress enough that without course knowledge or a hole map, you will lose several strokes you could avoid
Great course and great people
I have been fortunate to play Monarch Beach golf Links a few times and I never leave unsatisfied. They always take great care of you and I always have a great time while I'm there. Eric, the PGA GM, always makes sure you are in great hands. This place has great views and is well kept. Definitely a fun and challenging course to play. I always love playing here and always look forward to playing here when I get a chance
Best Public Course In Orange County - BY FAR
I can't say enough great things about Monarch Beach Golf Links. The second you arrive, you are greeted by the friendly staff who treat you like royalty. The "vibe" is fun, energetic and beachy. It's the polar opposite of a "stuffy" country club vibe. The greens and fairways are immaculate. Did I mention that the views are spectacular??!! Even the food is delicious! If I could leave 10 stars, I WOULD!!
Great times at an improved facility
I hadn't played Monarch for a few years and heard they had been making some changes. I was very impressed with what I found. Brand new golf shop is one of the best with killer views. Staff was awesome. I had clients with me and they too were impressed. Most of all the course is better. Conditions have definately improved since my last round there. Greens were smooth and fast, fairways improved, etc. I didn't remember the course being this fun either. The staff was definitely having fun that day.
Fun course, but overpriced
I've played here a number of times. There are few holes which are memorable. Only 1 is on the water. The rest don't do much for me.
It's way overpriced in my view, but that's because it caters to the folks who stay at the Ritz and what was formerly known as the St. Regis.
The staff is great, and the facilities and the food are superb. It's just not my cup of tea for a round of golf in Orange County.
Not worth the money
For a $200 resort course, this was a major disappointment. No driving range, just hitting bays into a net off worn down mats. Course is in terrible shape - ground under repair everywhere. Pace of play is abysmal - and we played on a Thursday. Holes are not particularly memorable and only 1 is on the ocean.
Clubhouse is nice, the snack bar has good food, and the golf boards are fun. But for the price we paid, there are far far better tracks out there.
Monarch under construction!
This was a VERY disappointing round of golf! We booked through Golf Now and when we arrived, were told that there were a couple of "modifications" not shown on the GPS. The fairways had a number of bare spots and in places the rough was 6-8 inches thick. As we got away from the club house we found that 5 or 6 of the par 4s and 5s were under construction for either drainage or irrigation and were all set up as par 3s. After the round when we went into the pro shop and told them how disappointed we were in the course conditions, the response was "we're sorry you didn't enjoy it, but it will be much better the next time you play it." I heard several conversations on the phone with people calling in for tee time as well as people in the pro shop, and they never said anything about the terrible conditions, nor would they offer any discounts or refunds. Caveat emptor!
Way overpriced for a course in such awful condition
Played a tournament there yesterday and was totally disappointed. It was a shotgun tournament that started at 11:30, so there was a slight chance we would finish before dark (on most courses, but not this one). I'm not sure who made decision to start at 11:30am, but that was the first major mistake. I can't really tell you anything about the last 4 holes I played because I played them in the dark. What a waste of money!
About half the fairways said carts on path only because all the fairways were in awful condition with huge sections of roped off ground under repair. I did have a few good lies in the fairway, but most were in holes or burnt out dirt. If you are a golfer, I don't have to tell you how annoying it is to have a cart and have to leave it a mile away to walk to your ball... not to mention what this does to pace of play. Probably should have considered this before scheduling tournament at 11:30.
To add to the frustration, they had tour busses driving on the cart paths giving tours (I assume to guests of the resort). They probably should teach these bus drivers golf course etiquette, because they have none. They just drove right in front of the tee boxes as we were teeing off. 3 or 4 times I tried to motion to these drivers to stop when one of my playing partners was putting, but the drivers just waved at me and kept driving. A couple times I saw passengers in bus laughing at the rudeness of the drivers. They must have been golfers.
I was looking forward to the nice ocean view holes I saw pictures of on website. Correction, the ocean view hole. There's only one and you can see the ocean from your approach shot and from the green. Enjoy it while it lasts for the few minutes you are there, because that's it. That is if you can find it after driving thru the unmarked tunnel after finishing previous hole. A sign pointing in the direction of next tee would have been helpful... that 5 minute detour by every group in tournament probably didn't help pace of play... nor did the lack of signage throughout the course.
The greens were in much worse shape than most of the $40 public courses I play. I assume they recently punched them because the holes and bumps were everywhere. Most courses reduce their prices when their greens are that awful. Not here. I wasted $110 on a round that maybe was worth about $40 if it was early enough to finish in daylight.
I won't comment much on the awful layout, because there are some other courses with goofy layouts like this... extreme doglegs, etc. I assume this is a result of building a course on a property that is too small.
My advice... save your money! I'm not sure what they normally charge here, but if it's more than $40- $60... then you will feel like you got ripped off... just like I feel.
If you do decide to play it, make sure you warm up someplace else. They don't have a driving range or practice area. It's a resort course, so you expect to overpay a little, but you also expect better than average conditions. It feels like a resort when you pull up and can't park (you have to valet) and when you get into the nice golf cart with a couple waters in the cooler... but once you get on the golf course, the resort feel completely disappears... you feel like you are on a goofy local municipal course that isn't maintained.
Thank you very much for the feedback. All feedback is good and as you stated we have a lot to improve and earn back your trust. We would like to speak to you about experience and offer for you to return at our expense to properly play the full 18. Since you played we have also addressed the "tram issue" with more training, just installed $7K worth of new course signage and are making daily improvements to our turf, opening up fairways, re-turfing areas from a rough summer, etc. I can be reached at 949-248-3021 or email@example.com . Thank you again for the feedback. Eric Lohman, PGA General Manager.
Nice resort course
I like playing Monarch Beach. It is a nice resort course - not too demanding, nice wide fairways, usually in pretty good shape, although the rough was in bad shape today with a lot of recently placed sod. Bunkers, greens, tee boxes and fairways were all in great shape.
Beautiful course, slow pace
Hole #3 & 4 are beautiful but also very confusing and tight - can't tee off on 3 until the group ahead has teed off and gone on 4. Cool sea vistas and overall challenging holes. Pace of play was slow, typical resort course with players that have no consideration for others and no marshals to keep it moving. Some of the holes are ver similar. Wouldn't play again.
Played the Golds (6052/70.0/129) in 4H, 25M using Forelinx. Played as a 2some with Doug, very fun guy to play with from Chicago. The POP was slowed by CPO a day after the rains. We were 1st off, the weather was chilly for the 1st 5 holes but had warmed up in the 70's by the time we were finishing.
I am not a fan of par 70 layouts, but this one is better than most par 70's. All 5 par 3's are good to excellent IMO. Some tight holes, especially on the front, with plenty of OB & water to keep you in line. No driving range, they have 4 stalls for you to hit balls into a net to warm up. Subpar practice putting green, small and sloped made it challenging to practice normal putts with even a few people on there at the same time.
The tees were decent, only a few par 3's needed divot repair.
The fairways were tough to rate. 95% of the fairway area is immaculate, lush with great lies. However, there is another 5% that was hardpan and marked as GUR, with no middle ground. In a foot you could range from great or poor on numerous fairways.
The rough was lush, thick and VERY penal when wet. You rarely see rough like this in So Cal the past few years, even finding your ball was a challenge. Tough to advance more than short irons out of this thick stuff.
The sand quality was excellent. Very well maintained.
The greens were just punched yesterday with small holes, so my numerical rating will be lower than the course would have likely gotten a few days ago. Firm, medium speed but bumpy as you would expect. No top dressing, just medium sized cores. They look nice from afar, but it was disappointing to putt on greens that had been aerated the day before.
The customer service was excellent from the Pro Shop to the Starter to the Attendant who cleaned your clubs after the round. After seeing this layout a 2nd time, I like the course. Sneaky tough but not nearly as much ocean scenery as you might expect considering the courses proximity to the ocean. However, on the few holes you do have an ocean view, it is stunning. Recommended = Yes, if you can get a deal but not worth their rack rate.
Worth the play.........for the right price.
First off, the track is way over priced at their regular rates. It's a very nice course, just not THAT nice. We got a $80 deal, which when compared to other OC courses, made it a good deal and well worth the play. The course plays short. Good course management is a must on many holes, and requires some creative short making at times. The greens tend to be undulating and require some reading and thought. The course has many bunkers (with real nice soft sand in them, imagine that!) water, and other forced carries. Some of the shorter par 3's give you a chance to recover before you move on to the more challenging par 4's and short par 5's. All in all, definitely worth a play for what we paid.