Monarch Bay Golf Club - Marina Course

3.7155941176 3.7 stars from 5 (229)
  • 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: 3.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 229 Reviews
5 stars:
44
4 stars:
113
3 stars:
48
2 stars:
10
1 stars:
14

recommend this course

186 out of 228 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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"Great Staff, Decent Food, Very Poor Pace of Play"


u258164886's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/10/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Had a 11:18 tee time on Saturday the 10th of February.

Tee'd about 5 minutes late.

Was very crowded but the starting marshal was great, friendly, and organized.

However, once you pass the first hole things change for the worse.

The pace of play was not poor is was extremely poor.

We started our round at 11:22 and did not finish until about 4:45 pm

There are no marshals out on the course to ensure people are moving along which makes a round of golf rather painful and hard to get in any sort of rhythm when waiting 5 minutes in between each shot. (course is not that long/challenging for a 5.5 hour round)

With that said the course its self is great.

The tee boxes, fairways, and greens were is great shape.

Expect to lose a few balls if you do not stay on the fairway as the native grass is extremely long and thick.

The views of San Francisco and the Bay are amazing and if the pace of play was not so terrible I would highly recommend this course to others.

However with the pace of play being so slow and no marshals keeping watch would advise avoiding the course, unless you are going to play early morning on a week day.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course




3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/04/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



JEverett6860's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played Tony Lema's Monarch Bay on Friday

morning as a foursome about 10:00 am and we

finished in about 4.5 hours. The pace was steady.

Greens were in good condition, mowed and rolled,

and fast.

Fairways were good by comparison but had some

bare spots.

Great views of SF bay, lots of birds, limited number of trees but lots of sandtraps.

Overall a great course, and very walkable.

Highly recommend.


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


"Beautiful Course with challenging rough"


MSaadS's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/27/2018
First time playing Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent course with beautiful views. Was not windy when we played.

Course is well maintained.

Pace of play was extremely slow - 5+ hours. I am told that is atypical.

I will play here again. Overall, it was fun.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"JEWEL OF EAST BAY-PUBLIC"


hastings80's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

surprised by the condition of the course. nice bunkers, with plenty of sand and well raked!

starter was very, very friendly, polite!!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"East Bay Public Jewel"


hastings80's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens are A+. Even the bunkers most of them were well raked and had plenty of sand. Real bargain!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"under the radar"


miketschida's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/19/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

this course is pretty good, for a muni. the greens are fast, and have subtle breaks. there is just enough fescue, to keep you honest & requires a bit of shot placement. also the bunkers dissuade from going for it in 2, on the par 5's. The one drawback: most of the bunkers have no sand.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"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



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