Monarch Bay Golf Club - Marina Course

3.7333235294 3.7 stars from 5 (222)
  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 29
  • Length: 1734 yards
  • Slope: 88
  • Rating: 29.0
  • Layout

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

Year built: 1982
Architect(s): William F. Bell, John Harbottle III (2001)
Type: Public
Style: Executive
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
White 29 1734 yards 29.0 88

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.2 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.2 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 222 Reviews
5 stars:
44
4 stars:
108
3 stars:
46
2 stars:
10
1 stars:
14

recommend this course

181 out of 221 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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"Challenging but achievable"


u000005789626's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The taller grasses bordering the fairways is no joke. Hit in there and don't bother looking. It's a fun course that's in range for most golfers to post a good score, with discipline and a steady approach. We got lucky and found a perfect sunny day with no wind in December. Being this close to the Bay, I could imagine some pretty stiff breezes. Very impressed with conditions of the course considering the time of year.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Really nice course condition"


u000006296335's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/22/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a very nice course. Next to the bay. Layout is good and the greens are in very good condition. The foxes around make it different. Friendly staff and most people just ready to have a good time. I visited the day before thanksgiving, the god news is tgiat I was able to get a tee time at a reasonable rate. Bad news is that there is basically no course management at all. It was painfully slow and the ranger never came around. My tee time was at 1:04 PM. And I was only able to get 13 holes. That is as bad as I have ever experienced. I will try again on Monday as I found that this is a very nice course and I should be able to get a good score as this is more of a forgiven course.


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


"Spectacular views, great bayside links layout"


raykong's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/19/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Views of the San Francisco bay and skyline make this an affordable hidden gem. Great layout, but conditioning needs improvement.

Weather was cool, not cold or perfect, but it can get very windy on the exposed holes near the bay.

Pace of play on the first 7 holes was painfully slow.

Overall, a unique links golf experience, highly recommended.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The Right Stuff"


u000002926954's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/17/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Everything about the course was close to perfect condition as it could be.My thanks to the superintendent and grounds crew for their care of the course. The condition of the greens was amazing.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"great muni"


lnonnenberg's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/01/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I've never played Monarch Bay before but decided to take a chance after reading a few reviews of the course. After having played a very tight course under trying conditions, I wanted something a bit more open. Monarch Bay was fantastic. Conditions were perfect (70 degrees, no wind). We played fast (4 hours). Course was in good shape. Greens were very puttable, fairways well maintained. Tee boxes are a bit rough. Course layout is fantastic with a good mix of short and long holes. I'd definitely play it again!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice layout, great views, pack your own food."


u000005653136's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The course was in fairly good shape although the bunkers were very inconsistent - some with a good amount of sand, others not so much. The greens were well maintained and rolled nicely. The proshop staff and starter were very friendly and helpful. The staff in the grill were not at all, terrible customer service. They were not doing anything other than sitting at a table watching tv and seemed bothered when I walked in. When asked if they might be able to make a breakfast sandwich without meat the answer was "no" as they are all "premade". It would also be great to see the rating/slope for women actually printed on the scorecard for the red, green and white tees.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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



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