One of the “Top 75 Best Resort Courses In North America.” — Golf Digest, 2012
So, it is still summer and the blistering Arizona heat is finally getting to you. You need to get away to refresh and recharge. Well, one destination which allows you to do that and much more, in luxurious fashion, is Monarch Beach Golf Links in stunning (and cool) Dana Point, California. Located in South Orange County, literally on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, Monarch Beach offers a brand of luxury golf that will impress even the most discriminating golf travelers. You will not only be treated to cool Pacific Ocean breezes and perfect SoCal weather, but you’ll be tested on the links-inspired golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Highlights of this Orange County favorite certainly are its two dramatic oceanfront holes, ocean views from almost every other, brilliant “Augusta-white” bunker sand (there are 92 bunkers in all) and shimmering water features that will cause you to take notice. Originally opened in 1983, Monarch Beach has a decorated history having been a past host venue of the Hyundai Team Matches. PGA Tour legends such as Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Peter Jacobsen and Mark Calcavecchia along with LPGA Tour players such as Lorie Kane, Dottie Pepper and Grace Park have strolled the fairways at Monarch Beach and now it’s your turn.
From the first tee, Monarch Beach will capture your imagination. The front nine at Monarch starts with a couple of stern par fours that are framed by the bright white sand bunkers and the afore mentioned water features, but your round really gets going when you roll up to the par four, third hole. This 315-yard gem has you hitting a tee shot literally right towards the Pacific Ocean. Both your tee shot and second shot must avoid the “worlds largest water hazard” and you, yourself must avoid getting too distracted from your game with these awesome ocean vistas. If you are lucky, you will see dolphins playing in the surf or even a migrating Gray Whale. The best club in the bag at this point may be your smartphone so you can snap a picture and tweet your friends your ‘status’ so you can make those fellow ‘Zonies’ even more jealous of your cool locale. The uphill par three fourth hole also sits along the ocean and requires precision off the tee, while your journey continues with the remaining front nine meandering along Salt Creek. Sitting higher on the property, the back nine winds it’s way higher on the bluffs offering some of the most stunning long ocean views, more awesome white sand bunkers and palm trees waving in the wind to frame some of the course’s most intriguing golf tests.
Monarch Beach Golf Links is a key amenity to The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, California’s only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort. Opened in 2001, the oceanfront hotel features 400 guestrooms and suites, 65,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, award-winning restaurants and the 30,000 square foot Spa Gaucin. Monarch Beach Golf Links and The St. Regis Monarch Beach, recently unveiled new Unlimited Golf Packages that offer perfect combinations of award-winning golf with luxurious accommodations in a stunning oceanfront setting. Now, golf travelers can experience unrivaled natural beauty and panoramic Pacific Ocean views at Monarch Beach Golf Links with this unlimited golf getaway that includes, unlimited golf from arrival to departure for two, complimentary premium club rentals, 15% concession on merchandise at the golf shop and more! One of the most unique elements of this package includes an option to appeal to even the non-golfers in your group. Non-golfers that opt for this package can select an option to receive $185 daily credit in The St. Regis Monarch Beach’s award winning Spa Gaucin. The Unlimited Golf Packages start at $785, are subject to availability and are offered now through December 31, 2012.
St. Regis Monarch Beach Unlimited Golf Package
The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort Unlimited Golf Package opportunity includes: Unlimited golf from arrival to departure for two at Monarch Beach Golf Links • Complimentary premium club rentals and sleeve of golf balls • 15% concession on merchandise in the golf shop and 15% concession at the Monarch Beach Golf Links snack shop and beverage cart • Non-golfer “Spa” option: non-golfers can select to receive $185 daily credit in The St. Regis Monarch Beach’s award winning Spa Gaucin.
St. Regis Monarch Beach Unlimited Golf Package Starts at $785 – Call 800.722.1543 (and mention the ‘Unlimited Golf Package’), contact your travel professional or visit www.monarchbeachgolf.com.
“We wanted to provide a package offering that gives the most discriminating golf traveler what they wanted most…great golf and lots of it,” stated Eric Lohman, General Manager at the Monarch Beach Golf Links. “That combined with the ultimate in luxury resort services and amenities at Five-Star, Five Diamond, St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, makes for one truly memorable oceanfront golf getaway,” added Lohman.
Currently ranked by Golf Digest, “Best Places To Play” with 4.5 Stars (out of 5) and recognized as one of Golf Magazine’s Premier Golf Resorts for 2012, Monarch Beach also features a “Top 100” Golf Retail Shop, Men’ s and Ladies Locker Rooms, and the Club 19 restaurant and grill. All of which boast majestic panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.
Monarch Beach Golf Links is now managed by Scottsdale-based OB Sports Golf Management (the same boutique operators of Arizona favorites such as We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, Eagle Mountain Golf Club, Raven Golf Club – Phoenix, Sedona Golf Resort, and more). In quick order OB Sports and the ownership of Monarch Beach infused new enhancements and special touches that has this truly stunning resort experience shining bright.
So, what are you waiting for? Head to cooler climates and discover the oceanfront Monarch Beach Golf Links for yourself.
For more information, visit monarchbeachgolf.com or call 949.240.8247. For more information on the St. Regis Monarch Beach, visit www.stregismb.com or call 949.234.3200.
MONARCH BEACH GOLF LINKS AT A GLANCE
Monarch Beach Golf Links
50 Monarch Beach Resort Drive North, Dana Point, CA 92629
Par 70, 6,601 yards - Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Rating: 72.8 Slope: 138
Golf Digest, “Best Places To Play” with 4.5 Stars (out of 5)
Golf Magazine’s Premier Golf Resorts for 2012
Professionally Managed by OB Sports
St. Regis Monarch Beach
50 Monarch Beach Resort Drive North, Dana Point, CA 92629
Forbes Five- Star and AAA Five-Diamond awarded resort