Monarch Beach Golf Links

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

out

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

in

Yards

437

446

315

185

217

400

612

436

512

3560

373

405

542

155

385

185

424

172

400

3041

6601

Hndcp

11

3

17

15

7

13

1

5

9

10

2

4

16

12

14

8

18

6

Par

4

4

4

3

3

4

5

4

5

36

4

4

5

3

4

3

4

3

4

34

70

Monarch BeachThis California resort course may seem new, but has actually been in existence since 1983 when it opened as the nine-hole Salt Creek Golf Course.  Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the course is now a featured part of the St. Regis Hotel and Resort at Dana Point and is managed by Troon Golf.  The hotel was built recently in 2001 and the area exhibits the rapid growth of Orange County, California.  Early photos of the area show hillsides of native vegetation and views of the Pacific Ocean that no longer exist.  Houses surround the the perimeter of the course and the hotel was built in the area to the right of the first hole.  Still, this is a brilliantly routed course and a pleasure to play.  After the hotel was built the "nines" were reversed so that the Front nine now plays down to the beach.  The player begins with a downhill straight away drive to the first, followed by a sharp dogleg left par 4.  After crossing under the tunnel of the Pacific Coast Highway, the Third is a short par 4 that aims toward the Ocean, but challenges the player to cut the dogleg left and go for the elevated green. Otherwise it's a long iron and a wedge.  Like many holes on this course distance is not a factor, but there are so many ways to get into trouble.  The short par 3, 13th is a good example.  There is water in the front and surrounding the green from the right.  The Pacific breeze swirling around makes the hole really tough!  It plays downhill, shorter than the yardage, but if the tee shot is off in the slightest water awaits.  I recently played here and am still savoring the experience of luxury, challenge and beauty.


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