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Dana Point, California, USA
Design Style: Parkland Course Type: Resort
Setting: Coastal


Guests of the AAA Five-Diamond-rated Monarch Beach Resort, located between LA and San Diego, will enjoy an equally highly-rated Robert Trent Jones II golf course that boasts ocean views from all eighteen holes. Routed among dramatic bluffs beside the Pacific, the 6,601-yard par-70 layout is seamlessly integrated with an upscale housing community. The course provides a fine example of how a golf course architecture firm can help a client achieve complex goals through skillful coordination with consultants, governmental agencies, and other experts. Monarch Beach also proves that golf and high-density housing can work well together.

One of our greatest challenges in designing Monarch Beach was to locate at least part of the golf course directly along the Pacific Ocean. Through innovative design and diligent coordination with the California Coastal Commission, the Department of Transportation, and other agencies, we were able to reroute the Pacific Coast Highway temporarily to create and permanently access two oceanside holes.  Other challenges were presented by steep, rolling, coastal terrain cut by ravines. We designed the golf course to play through low-lying areas to meet our client’s goal of locating housing on higher points. RTJ II also oversaw a complicated balancing of earthworks in which we incorporated a large amount of dirt moved during housing construction into the golf course. We used water as both a hazard for golfers and as a real estate amenity.

In meeting our charge to create a fun, challenging golf course that would serve both resort and residential communities, we incorporated existing creek lines and other aspects of the natural terrain. The result is an award-winning, environmentally responsible layout that has garnered fine reviews from PGA Tour players, resort guests, and local residents alike.

Monarch Beach Golf Links Awards
    • Golf For Women— Top 50 Women Friendly Course
    • Celebrated Living—Platinum List Top 20 Course
    • Condé Nast Traveler—Top 100 Golf Resort in the World
Tournaments
    • Site of PGA Tour’s Hyundai Team Matches