One Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point, California 92629, US
(949) 240-2000
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About Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel overlooks the Pacific Ocean in the trendy SoCal beach town of Dana Point. It is stylish and luxurious, yet welcoming and casual for kids and pets. The hotel, decorated by a revolving collection of works from local artists, is home to a spa, two restaurants, two tennis courts and two pools. The Eco-Adventure Center brings the ocean to you through surfing lessons, whale-watching and other activities. The adjacent Monarch Beach Golf Links was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Facts

Price Range$$$$
Property Class★★★★★
Acres18
Year Opened1984
Number of Units300-500

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Casual
Room TypesRoom, Suite
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Beach AccessYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?Yes
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

Reviews

4.6
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2.0
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Roll and cut your greens (See example at Madares Golf Club-Troon)

Monarch is a very nice resort layout with wide fairways. However, the turf is very firm and is not a great choice if you like to take divots. It is way over priced for the layout, condition and speed of play. You are paying for the "Happy Hour" and not the golf course. The greens are terrible for the cost and level of experience the resort should be offering. The greens are designed well and have interesting contours, however they are poorly maintained too soft. The grass surface is to long and the greens need to be rolled as they are extremely tracked up with footprints and bumps. The greens are almost unplayable by the end of the day with all of the footprints. They should model Mederas Golf Club in San Diego which is a Troon Property and offers a similar layout, but much better conditioning.
Soften the fairways a little and firm up and smooth out the green surface and you will improve the overall experience 100%.
I hope they fix the course as I live in the area and would like to see all of the top tier golf courses maintain their excellence in customer experience.
Regardless of level of player, a good putting surface yields a great experience.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course, Highly Recommended.....

Usually when I write out golf course reviews I'll list the positive and the negative aspects/features of a course. Honestly though I don't have any negative remarks about Monarch Beach. After asking the other three golfers in my group what they thought about the course, I found they were of the same opinion.

Everyone from the valets, bag drop guys, to the pro shop, starter and beverage cart lady and the grounds crew, everyone was very friendly, courteous and as helpful as I've run across at high end courses. The course itself was in wonderful shape from the tees through the greens, and I thought it was a fun, somewhat difficult, but not unfair, golf course(like other Robert Trent Jones & RTJ Jr courses I've played in the past). I'm an OC native and have been golfing for 20+ years, and this is one of the two public courses in OC I hadn't played before. I wasn't disappointed with any part of the round and I'd definitely recommend Monarch to anyone looking for a local, high end resort course.

One of the complaints I noticed in other previously posted reviews was the cost. While it's certainly not "cheap", I thought it was a pretty good value for the price. Also, if you live and/or golf in OC you're likely familiar with the minimum $60-$80 it'll cost you to play most other public courses on a weekend. As well as the usually average(and occasionally below average) service and course conditions you can expect and the 5-5.5 hours(or more) it'll take to play 18. All things considered I didn't find the pricing to be too high, especially considering the area or for the resort quality service provided and the great course conditions. One thing I'll suggest is to sign up for the emails the course sends out, its free and they send out one a week, that's how I managed to get a pretty good discount on my foursomes green fees.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Fun Course to play

The course is fun and not very hard to play. The course has a Great layout and nice looking approach shot looks to the greens. Hole 3 has a great view of the ocean and a fun hole to play. Hole 7 is an odd par 5 with the split fairway choice for an approach. I love that idea. I would play this course again for sure.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Was Fun; But Never Again

Had a good time overall, but this course takes serious course knowledge to have any chance at a decent round. Extremely challenging holes with very unique OB zones. Not a very intuitive course and only 2 holes are near the ocean. I would pay around $75-100 tops to play this course. Definitely not worth the $250. I don’t regret it, had a good time, but will never be playing here again.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 09/04/2020

Greetings,
Thank you for taking the time to rate us 4-stars and to come and play. As I am sure you experienced, we have been busier than normal given this unusual state of the world we are in with limited social distancing activities. Because of that and our dynamic pricing structure, you did pay a higher than usual rate so we hope that when things level out you do have a chance to visit us again and have an overall 5-star experience. We do thank you for visiting us and hope we provided a memorable day.
Regards,
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 07/27/2020

Greetings!
Thank you for taking the time to review your visit with us and for the 5-star rating. Hope yo can golf with us again soon.
Regards,
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Interesting Holes

Fortunately we played with a member who was very helpful Beautiful views of the Pacific. Greens in super shape Fairways ok.
Staff was very accommodating in all aspects.

675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 07/27/2020

Greetings!
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and the 5-start rating. Hope you can visit us again soon all the way from Kentucky!
Regards,
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 01/13/2020

Greetings!
We appreciate you taking the time to rate your experience at Monarch Beach Golf Links. Glad to hear you were able to play with a Member to help with some course tips!
Hope we can host you again soon -
Have a great 2020.
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 07/27/2020

Thank you for rating us 5-stars!
Regards,
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 07/27/2020

Thank you, bjcologgi for rating us 5-stars!
Regards,
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Really love this course. Layout is great, dog left, dog right ,over the water. A great place to work on all your golf games from driver, woods ,irons ,wedges and putter. I'll come back and play here for sure. Staff are helpful and great customer serves . Free waters and food with green fees ain't beat that....

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 07/27/2020

Greetings!
We love your review and appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. Hope you can visit us again soon.
Regards,
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Beautiful oceanside course

I am a regular to this beautiful oceanside course, and have been enjoying the layout, condition of the course, pace of play and friendly staffs.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 12/06/2019

Greetings 23992caravel!
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are glad to hear you're a regular and hope you're enjoying the changes we are making to the property. Looking forward to seeing you around!
Regards,
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Dana Point must play

Great course with some wonderful views. Good for all levels of play. Great staff

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 12/06/2019

Thank you for sharing your review and photo!
You're welcome any time!
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Previously Played

Monarch Experience

This course is challenging and scenic. The staff is genial and helpful. More important antsy the course is always in great shape. Especially the greens which are challenging to all levels of golfers

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 12/06/2019

Thank you for the stellar review! Visit us again soon!
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 12/06/2019

Thank you for rating us 4-stars!
Regards,
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

nice Views but...

The views are great and the staff were friendly but the layout is a bit funky and the conditions were a bit messy (divots on greens left unattended)
No driving range

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 12/06/2019

Greetings!
As a resort course, you can expect we get golfers who don't care for our course as much as we wish they would. We do ask our marshals to fill and fix divots as well as our regulars. We do wish to host you again and hope that you experience our better usual conditions.
Happy golfing -
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Beautiful and challenging!

Great experience! Played fast and was beautiful. Was paired with 3 great golfers from Texas and had a great time. Frank and Kevin in the pro shop were super friendly and helpful. Frank even lent me a pair of sunglasses for the round when I couldn’t find mine! Hope to play again this weekend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Commented on 12/06/2019

Sincerely appreciate you taking the time to share your stellar and memorable experience with us. We will be sure to let Frank and Kevin know that you gave them a shout out!
Regards,
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Never Again

Amazingly gorgeous course. Has a few holes ON the Pacific Ocean which are amazing.

Unfortunately it was backed up more than any course I’ve ever seen. We’d run into 2-4 other golf carts at every tee box.

After it taking 3.5 hours for only 9 holes, we left. Never again.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 12/06/2019

Greetings DerekFSU -
We are so very sorry to read that you experience a less than exceptional day here at Monarch Beach. We really do strive for fast pace of play and it seems you joined us on an off day. We certainly don't believe your experience was okay and hope we can try and host you again. We certainly understand your frustration. Wishing you all the best -
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 12/06/2019

Thank you very much for rating us 5-stars!
Regards,
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
675883f1-81ad-5c0f-be3a-45663fa9fa02
Commented on 12/06/2019

Greetings!
We are, of course, sad to read your review. We hope you can come back and experience a more memorable and fun round with us, and if not we are sure our friends up the road will be happy to host.
Happy golfing -
Eric Lohman, PGA GM

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