Monarch Bay Golf Club - Tony Lema Course

3.6453294118 3.6 stars from 5 (216)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 7015 yards
  • Slope: 126
  • Rating: 73.9
  • Layout

  • 13800 Neptune Dr, San Leandro, California 94577, Alameda County
  • 1 (888) 968-7229
  • (510) 895-0221
  • monarchbay.americangolf.com

Year built: 2001
Architect(s): William F. Bell, John Harbottle III (2001)
Type: Public
Style: Links
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Paspalum
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Professional 71 7015 yards 73.9 126
Tournament 71 6937 yards 73.5 125
Championship 71 6567 yards 71.8 122
Member 71 6061 yards 69.1 118
Member (W) 72 6061 yards 75.0 127
Resort 57 5502 yards 66.6 112
Resort (W) 71 5502 yards 71.8 121
Forward (W) 70 5143 yards 69.8 117

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.2 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 216 Reviews
5 stars:
42
4 stars:
104
3 stars:
46
2 stars:
10
1 stars:
14

recommend this course

175 out of 215 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near the airport worth the drive   Great for locals wildlife/ scenic views walkers   Challenges include bunkers thick rough plays long   Great for drinks brunch  

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MorenoSimonova's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/15/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The weather was beautiful, the course was in good shape and the greens were fast unfortunately the three foursomes in front of us were not as fast we waited for them on every hole.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course



chrisvlach's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



kucc2292's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course



jsanchez7's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u000002457256's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Good course in heat"


hiddenpond1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/31/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played in record heat and enjoyed the Bay breeze. It is a fun course with many scenic SF Bay views. Good value


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"The course has great views"


golfjones1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2017
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Reviewed on

The course has great views of San Francisco Bay as well as Oakland hills and beyond. Bring extra balls if you tend to miss the Fairway, the rough is truly rough, tall grass! Beware of the red foxes, they are known to steal your food and other items you leave in your cart. The day I played was pretty slow, this is a popular golf course.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Pack a lunch"


Bryant7667914's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2017
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Reviewed on

My friends and I love the course and mild weather however we've all agreed that next time we play we'll just pack our own lunch. More than once the kitchen was slow, food over priced and quite unappealing. Attitude from the kitchen staff wasn't appreciated as well. I don't write reviews but felt I to say something as that was the only disappointing part of our day.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


"Annoying foxes"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was ok, and play pace was a bit slow, but understandable for an average course.

But one hole was really annoying with aggressive foxes, which were seemingly after food we might have, but we didn't.

Obviously, we couldn't communicate with them that we didn't have any, and they kept approaching us.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Worst Pace of Play Ever"


jbmurphy0468's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/12/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

I've played here a few times in the past 18 months, each time on a weekend and each time the pace of play averages about 5.5 hours! The course itself is nice, good layout, challenging with the wind, but the pace is ridiculous. They send groups out 6 minutes apart!!! We were a 1.54 tee time following a 1.48!! 10 groups an hour is stupid, they must need the money.

I've played at 8am on the weekends before also, same deal, over 5 hour rounds.

Needless to say I don't think I'll ever come back , at least on the weekends.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



chinsaeng's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"They always overbook the course"


u000004394450's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was a beautiful weekday,course is in good condition(although of course sandtraps should have some sand)fairways were nice,greens ok,rough reasonable and a fun track to play.But someone has to do something about the pace of play or overbooking here......No cart available when it was time to tee off,so ended up going out 20 minutes after our tee time,then had to wait at every hole 5-10 minutes which to me is ridiculous for a tuesday tee time(maybe on the weekend)So the round was almost 6 hours.Fun time but hard to play a great round when you wait after every shot.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Monarch Bay Golf Course"


arevir71's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is challenging more because of the windy conditions... Fairways were in good shape and the greens in excellent condition


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Monarch course review"


rboydtheblackragu's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was a rather long day, because of the mix of golfers that would rather walk than use carts on the course. More than likely it was due to the price of the carts, along with their tee time, it's a little pricey for this coarse. Although we had a good time, the slow play along with the abundance of crabgrass just off the fairway, made for a very challenging day.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Good first experience..."


betsportsfan's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2017
First time playing Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in good shape. We started late in the day and by sunset , the temperatures dropped dramatically. Views and wildlife were terrific, and the greens rolled very true. Some blind tee shots made for a difficult first time. Will play it again...


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



sirpard's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"too slow"


Zekola's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We teed off at 710 and it was a 5 hour round...ridiculous...


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Challenging course especially when its windy"


tehfengfang's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is the first time I have been playing there, fairway is pretty nicely maintained, rough is tough, green is very fast, a few holes against wind was extremely tough. I will most definitely come back and play some more


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great day"


Paulgolfsnow's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Apparently everybody's out of town for Easter break. We had the golf course to ourselves at 11:30 AM. It was dry as a bone in great shape beautifully green and fairways and rough manicured nicely. It's one of the better layouts of public golf courses that I've played in Northern California. Very much a links style layout and vistas. Hopefully management continues to invest money in this gem.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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