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Monarch Beach Golf Links turns 40

Oceanfront Robert Trent Jones Jr. design has hosted many of golf’s best

Dana Point, Calif. (November 1, 2023) – Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point, Calif. continues its yearlong 40th anniversary celebration in 2023 by looking back at the people, events and programs that have helped shape the beautiful Southern California golf property. 

The oceanfront Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design opened for play in 1983 and has since hosted many of golf’s best, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and Arnold Palmer. Fred Couples, Mark Calcavecchia and several other PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour and Champions Tour players also played the iconic course when Monarch Beach Golf Links hosted Hyundai Team Matches in 2001 and 2002. Celebrities and dignitaries who have frequented Monarch Beach Golf Links include Bruce Willis, the late Jimmy Buffett, Jessica Alba, Tom Holland, and Shaquille O’Neal.

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While much of Jones Jr.’s original design remains unchanged, a 2015 course renovation added new tees and refreshed bunkers. The 6,645-yard, par 70 course still has the sweeping Pacific Ocean views and dramatic sand bluffs that first attracted the master architect to the property in the early 80s. The picturesque course has been the backdrop for the television show Real Housewives of Orange County and commercials featuring golfers Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson. 

Since opening in 1983, Monarch Beach Golf Links has hosted thousands of charity golf events, in turn raising more than $30 million for local and regional charities. The American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and the Boys & Girls Club of Capistrano Valley are just a few of the organizations who have benefitted from hosting charity golf tournaments at Monarch Beach. 

In being good stewards of the land, Monarch Beach continues to complete sustainability initiatives including implementing water conservation measures to reduce water usage and removing five-plus acres of grass land and replacing it with native California flora and plants creating habitats for the Monarch Butterfly. In addition, the club adheres to Troon agronomy best cultural practices including mowing heights, rolling, aerification and verticutting, reducing the need for chemical inputs.

Monarch Beach Golf Links is also home to one the world’s most unique and exemplary caddie programs. “Waterman Caddies” are part personal golf concierge and part surf buddy as guests enjoy the golf expertise and assistance of a professional caddie or forecaddie, while gaining insider surf knowledge of Salt Creek Beach and Monarch Bay. Whether assisting with club selection, reading greens, food and beverage orders, ocean temperatures or swell directions, the Waterman Caddies have tons of local knowledge. 

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Monarch Beach Golf Links is located adjacent to Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club. Perched on 175 acres atop a 150-foot seaside bluff and featuring a private beach club, this elegant AAA Five-Diamond retreat is newly renovated and offers both indulgence and inspiration—from oceanfront culinary experiences to unique coastal activities and adventures. 

Troon Golf, the resort and daily fee division of Troon, manages Monarch Beach Golf Links. For more information on Monarch Beach Golf Links, visit or call 949-248-3002. 

About Troon

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf and golf-related hospitality management company providing services at 825-plus locations, including 825-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses around the globe. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages 600-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Indigo Sports, CADDIEMASTER, ClubUp, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Peter Burwash International, True Club Solutions, RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design, Casa Verde Golf and ICON Management. For additional news and information, visit

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