Monarch Bay Golf Club
Links style course on the bay
Had fun playing this course in some nice weather. We lucked out - the course was quite empty (shocking for a Saturday mid day) - and had a good pace of play, but I would say this was an exception. Course conditions were not great. Fairways had a lot of burned out areas (due to drought), the greens were quite bumpy on a few holes, and there was a lot of inconsistency in the bunkers (some so fluffy with sand you couldn't get the ball out, and others nothing more than a mud bog). Still, the views of the bay were beautiful, and the wind didn't pick up too bad. When the wind picks up this course can play very long from the tips (with a steady incoming breeze, I had to hit driver - 3 wood - 5 iron into one 600 yd par 5). The layout is links style with few trees. You can get away with some wild drives on many of the holes but the greens are tightly surrounded by bunkers so hit your irons well. Finally, if you see some foxes on the course - they are practically domesticated and will come right up and eat from your hand! Pretty wild. Overall, the course conditions aren't phenomenal, but the layout, views, and price point make this course worth playing.
February 25, 2014
I have played this course for years and I have never seen it in such bad conditions. The fairways are in terrible condition. The greens are ok. The course needs to be closed until they bring it back to normal playing standards.
February 22, 2014
This used to be a great course with good condition but the upkeep of the facility is not what it was.
February 18, 2014
Monarch is always a little slow, only because it's so popular, but 4:45 on a Sunday is not bad at all in my opinion, so don't let the two start pace of play throw you off. I expect 5 hours minimum on a Sunday, so this was great.
Wind is always a factor on the back, but that's what makes it so challenging.
Great Sunday conditions and pace.
February 17, 2014
Course in terrible condition
I think they have a cheek to charge those rates to play the course when it is in such poor condition. I understand that their is a drought but their is no excuse for the tee boxes to be messed up, uneven and limited space - about 5 yards wide. The greens were in good condition, that's all that was good. I am not surprised that we got around as quickly as we did.
February 16, 2014
Usually great course
This is usually a great course and I've played there a number of times. I went yesterday and unfortunately the lack of rain recently followed by the recent rain made a mess of the course. Since the rates were still the same as usual I was not expecting to play in such poor conditions. I will go again, but not in the near future.
February 16, 2014
I did not expect the course to be in such great condition after the rain. It played better than the Hayward course I played the week before. I love it when the rough is cut close in the winter to save money on balls that don't get lost off the fairway.
The greens played fast which is rare after a heavy rain. Over all I'd like to play this course on a regular basis due to the way it is maintained. I just moved back to the bay area from stockton and I think I found a home course.
February 14, 2014
This course had challenging greens that tested your ability to read them.
Fun course. Challenging but fun. I'll be back. Great views of the Bay and wildlife.
February 4, 2014