Monarch Bay Golf Club - Tony Lema Course

3.7000000000 3.7 stars from 5 (200)
  • 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
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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

Average Rating 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.6 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 200 Reviews
5 stars:
41
4 stars:
94
3 stars:
42
2 stars:
10
1 stars:
13

recommend this course

162 out of 199 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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"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
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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



Daniel1438374's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2017
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Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Crazy rough, can be busy"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Get ready to lose some balls! I've never had a course swallow 'em up like this one, the deep grass here is no freakin joke and even the rough made it hard to find a few yellow balls in broad daylight.

When we played, the course was definitely over-booked. The whole front nine we were waiting on a foursome to tee off, that was waiting on a foursome to tee off, the first 9 holes were almost 3.5 hours. This was on a Monday afternoon. Opened up after that though, and everyone was in pretty good spirits.

Can't beat the views across SF Bay, and overall this course makes for quite challenging links-style play and is a very good deal in the $30-40 range with a cart. We also played two days after an inch of rainfall, and the course was impressively dry, so this is a good early spring option for sure.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great shape after the rain"


AnE4life's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I always enjoy playing Monarch GC, and the course is in pretty good shape after the rain in the east bay.

This is one of my favorites in the east bay.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course



u899600140's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Won''t be back"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2017
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Reviewed on

9 holes closed, and the other 9 holes a complete mess. No information on that when tee time made. No sympathy from pro shop employees ('You should have called'). Usually play a few times a year, but will never go back.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Good course horrible management"


Ronaldadunn's avatar
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2017
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It is actually a nice course. However management is not up to speed with GolfNow. The address is not correct so I got lost and was late. They did not advise that they had aerated their greens and I had to play the same nine twice. Half of the boxes were not even set up. There were no Restrooms or water on the course for drinking. Management must be checked out


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2017
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Reviewed on


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


"Decent course; badly managed."


evb7876's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It's such a huge letdown to arrive on a course to see group after group stacked up on the first tee. It's also a sight to see the starter yelling at a pro shop staff member not to overbook tee times. They didn't even have enough carts for golfers (good thing I planned to walk).

My twosome teed off over 40 minutes past my tee time. We didn't see any marshals on the course moving groups along.

I won't be back at Monarch Bay for a while. Too bad since it's actually a fun layout.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Doggon' Rain"


u000002342486's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/10/2016
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Reviewed on

Course was in good shape. I played as a single, but come the 10th hole the rain was to great. Clips were slipping out of my hands and I had to call it quits. Greens were in great shape and rolling nice. Keep

up the good work greens keepers!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"A Fun Course"


Milton1836292's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/03/2016
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

Been here twice and have always walked away with a great experience. It helps that we've been paired up with some really cool people as well. The course has a great layout with excellent views of the Bay. The course difficult is moderate, but there are 2 really difficult and long par 4s that usually play into the wind. The fairways are generous and the greens roll well.

Tip: Don't leave food in your cart because the local fox will get it. I had my sandwich in my golf bag, so luckily he/she couldn't get to it, but that didn't stop him from going through the cart. Even knocked my iPhone over. It was pretty cool. These fox are smart too. If they don't find anything, they'll go off to the side, wait for the next group of carts to come up, wait for them to walk to the green then go through their carts. Its was fun to watch.


Pace of Play: Average

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


"Never disappointed"


Carl1551314's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/27/2016
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Reviewed on

Good course, always enjoy it. They could use a little less water on the fairways if I have to nitpick.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Pace of play"


Redsoxfan09's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2016
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Reviewed on

The pace of play was ridiculous. It took us over 5 hours to play 18.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair


I recommend this course


"5:20 round"


Smashfact0r's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2016
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Reviewed on

It was hit and wait all day. Maybe a Marshall out there could help... Views are great. Definitely no calm days out there but 15mph wind is calm for MB. Greens would be perfect if people just took care of their own. Perhaps a Marshall could help.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Long round"


Matt1242787's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

They had a tournament so our round took 6 hours.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Conflicted"


1karline's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff was excellent except for the course monitor. He needed some lessons on customer service. Everything else was very nice. We'll surely go back.


Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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