One Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point, California 92629, US
(949) 240-2000
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About Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel overlooks the Pacific Ocean in the trendy SoCal beach town of Dana Point. It is stylish and luxurious, yet welcoming and casual for kids and pets. The hotel, decorated by a revolving collection of works from local artists, is home to a spa, two restaurants, two tennis courts and two pools. The Eco-Adventure Center brings the ocean to you through surfing lessons, whale-watching and other activities. The adjacent Monarch Beach Golf Links was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Facts

Price Range$$$$
Property Class★★★★★
Acres18
Year Opened1984
Number of Units300-500

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Casual
Room TypesRoom, Suite
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Beach AccessYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?Yes
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

Reviews

4.2
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Quintessential Coastal Orange County

Monarch Beach Golf Links is a perfect combination of upscale, beautiful, and relaxed. Just a good vibe all around. So much so that I signed up for their Links card membership today. Super stoked to call this course home!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 06/11/2021

Greetings! Thank you for taking the time to rate us 5-stars. We sincerely appreciate it. Visit again soon!
Regards,
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Jvcal

Grass was tough and hard to take divot and very little roll. Greens mostly elevated and well bunkered. Low handicap golfer type course. Greens are firm and undrulated.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 06/04/2021

Greetings,
Thank you for taking the time to review your round with us. We, of course, are disappointed to see that you feel your experience was 3-stars. If you'd like, we love if you could share more and how we can elevate your experience. Please email me at elohman@monarchbeachgolf.com.
Thank you,
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 05/28/2021

Thank you for taking the time to review your round with us. Visit again soon.
Regards,
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 05/28/2021

Thank you for taking the time to rate us 5-stars.
Regards,
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 05/14/2021

Thank you for rating us 4-stars! Visit again soon.
Regards,
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Friendly staff all around .

a golf staffer needs to get in a cart and patrol course for golfers playing 50 yards behind you and rushing your shots.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 05/14/2021

Greetings!
Thanks for taking the time to review your visit with us. We will certainly bring your concern regarding players behind you pressuring you to our Player Assistants attention.
Regards,
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Fun atmosphere friendly staff exclusive experience

I have played here a handful of times but this last time was such a good experience I felt I needed to write a review. Everyone from the valets, pro shop, starters, beverage cart were attentive, friendly, and accommodating. Their course is maintained like a private club and the greens were so fast, it took me a hole or two just to get used to the speed. My favorite holes were the ocean holes which are so close to the beach you can watch the waves crash. Overall a very upscale experience and we finished in 4 hours which was nice.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 04/09/2021

Greetings!
Thank you for taking the time to review your visits. We will certainly share your glowing review with our valued team members and sincerely hope to host you again soon. Happy Golfing!
Regards, Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good golf, good drinks, good vibes, what else can you ask for?

I have played Monarch a handful of times and always enjoy my round. I really enjoy the music played around the clubhouse and the cafe and the option to rent a golfboard or phat scooter. Hole 3 and 4 always take my breath away, but I think the views on the back 9 have some of the best. If you're looking for a deal, their Links Card includes a round of golf and more. Worth it if you plan to play there a few times. Definitely recommend!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Awesome place

It lived up to the hype for me an amazing golf course

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 03/16/2021

Greetings!
We appreciate you taking the time to review your visit and even more grateful that you were able to golf with us! Visit us again soon!
Regards,
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Eh

Don’t fall for it!! Only one ocean front hole!

If you are looking for ocean views and a well maintained course spend your money! Many better options along the coast at this price point!

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 02/26/2021

Greetings Manhattan,
Though we wish you had a more memorable experience, we appreciate you joining us for the day.
Happy Golfing,
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 02/12/2021

Greetings Mr. Wright,
We appreciate you taking the time rate us 4-stars. Glad you love our course and we hope to see you around Monarch Beach this year!
Regards,
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Eh

Don’t fall for it!! One ocean front hole!
If you are looking for ocean views and a well maintained golf course spend your money elsewhere! There are many better options along the coast at this price point.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Good day at the beach!

As usual, the course is in good conditions. Friendly staff as always!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 01/08/2021

Greetings Lagunapc,
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. I will be sure to share your comments with our team members. Hope you can golf with us again soon!
Regards,
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

grandmaster

I lived in the neighborhood above this place before it was built in the late 70s early 80s. my childhood years were spent exploring from my house to the coast. there were many different natural aspects i remember, including creeks and vernal ponds. i used to swim in them. then i remember being chased off the land, as just a small child hiding behind a ten foot tall ant hill! no lie, that was me. maybe it was only four feet tall since i was only seven years old but still, that was my childhood before the curtain fell and everything went to... golf is so rad

Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Roll and cut your greens (See example at Madares Golf Club-Troon)

Monarch is a very nice resort layout with wide fairways. However, the turf is very firm and is not a great choice if you like to take divots. It is way over priced for the layout, condition and speed of play. You are paying for the "Happy Hour" and not the golf course. The greens are terrible for the cost and level of experience the resort should be offering. The greens are designed well and have interesting contours, however they are poorly maintained too soft. The grass surface is to long and the greens need to be rolled as they are extremely tracked up with footprints and bumps. The greens are almost unplayable by the end of the day with all of the footprints. They should model Mederas Golf Club in San Diego which is a Troon Property and offers a similar layout, but much better conditioning.
Soften the fairways a little and firm up and smooth out the green surface and you will improve the overall experience 100%.
I hope they fix the course as I live in the area and would like to see all of the top tier golf courses maintain their excellence in customer experience.
Regardless of level of player, a good putting surface yields a great experience.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 12/04/2020

Greetings,
We appreciate your feedback and review. As you can expect, courses such as ours have been busier than usual which results in a challenge to keep the conditions to our high standards. Additionally, being close to the coast provides its own unique challenges in regards to salt & soil conditions. Lastly, poa annua greens tend to get bumpier as the day progresses as you noted - we do cut and roll our greens, unfortunately you may have visited us when our superintendent was working hard on not stressing out our turf due to high traffic. With all that being said, we hope you do have a chance to visit us again in our warmer spring months and enjoy peak conditions. Wishing you a happy holiday season!
Regards,
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 12/04/2020

Thank you for rating us 5-stars!
Regards,
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course, Highly Recommended.....

Usually when I write out golf course reviews I'll list the positive and the negative aspects/features of a course. Honestly though I don't have any negative remarks about Monarch Beach. After asking the other three golfers in my group what they thought about the course, I found they were of the same opinion.

Everyone from the valets, bag drop guys, to the pro shop, starter and beverage cart lady and the grounds crew, everyone was very friendly, courteous and as helpful as I've run across at high end courses. The course itself was in wonderful shape from the tees through the greens, and I thought it was a fun, somewhat difficult, but not unfair, golf course(like other Robert Trent Jones & RTJ Jr courses I've played in the past). I'm an OC native and have been golfing for 20+ years, and this is one of the two public courses in OC I hadn't played before. I wasn't disappointed with any part of the round and I'd definitely recommend Monarch to anyone looking for a local, high end resort course.

One of the complaints I noticed in other previously posted reviews was the cost. While it's certainly not "cheap", I thought it was a pretty good value for the price. Also, if you live and/or golf in OC you're likely familiar with the minimum $60-$80 it'll cost you to play most other public courses on a weekend. As well as the usually average(and occasionally below average) service and course conditions you can expect and the 5-5.5 hours(or more) it'll take to play 18. All things considered I didn't find the pricing to be too high, especially considering the area or for the resort quality service provided and the great course conditions. One thing I'll suggest is to sign up for the emails the course sends out, its free and they send out one a week, that's how I managed to get a pretty good discount on my foursomes green fees.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 12/04/2020

Greetings!
Thank you for taking the time for you to write such a thorough review. We are so glad your experience matched your expectations. We are also glad that our emails provided value to your visit and sincerely hope we can host you again soon.
Happy holidays!
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

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