Monarch Beach Golf Links

33033 Niguel Road, Dana Pointt  949-240-8247

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Open to the Public   18 hole, 6,254 yards - par 70 
Lighted Driving Range
Few golf experiences can match the blend of stunning natural beauty and variety of challenges presented at Monarch Beach Golf Links. Master architect Robert Trent Jones II fashioned an intriguing layout in the Scottish links tradition on an breath-taking ocean course. Sweeping views to the sea, this par-70 championship course offers an undending variety of play with undulating greens and gathering bunkers enhancing the natural landscape and proving an enjoyable test for golfers of all skill levels.
HOLE: NO. 3, PAR 4

Yardage/handicap: Championship tees 315/17, regular tees 293/17, forward tees 258/15 Description: This par 4 is the course's signature hole and is much more difficult than the yardage suggests. It is a dogleg left with eight bunkers. There are two on the right side of the fairway, one about 143 yards from the regular tees and another one 70 yards beyond it. There is a cluster of three bunkers on the left side, 185 yards from the tee box. A single bunker is about 30 yards before the green on the left, and the final bunker is on the right side of the green. The green has three tiers and severe undulations, sloping from back to front. 

How to play it: Greg Winter, director of golf at Monarch Beach Golf Links, said the hole is deceiving. "People look at this hole and see it as a birdie hole," Winter said. "If you try and get too cute you can easily bogey or double bogey. I've seen guys try and reach the green from the tee. It can be done, but it is not the smart play. Instead you should hit a 3-wood or 3-iron to the right side of the fairway. That leaves you with less than 100 yards to the green. The green is elevated, and there are some tough pin placements, especially in the back left and right."


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