Monarch Dunes Golf Club is a public golf facility. The facility offers 30-holes of golf. They have the championship 18-hole Old Course and the 12-hole Challenge Course.
The Challenge Course at Monarch Dunes Golf Club first opened for play in 2008. The 12 hole, par-3 (total par of 36) was designed by Damian Pascuzzo and Steve Pate.
There are three different sets of tees. The course will appeal to the novice golfer, as well as the more skilled golfer looking to sharpen their short game skills. And you can play it in under two hours."
The Challenge course has the quality greens seen on Monarch Dunes'Old Course, the fairways are fescue and the greens velvet bent grass. The Challenge course greens, average 8,000 square feet.
Banks of poppies and yellow lupin, plus more than 20 other flower varieties, line the fairways and flank the greens. Lakes come into play on five holes, requiring forced carries from the back tees. Tee shots range from 85 to 200 yards. The course stretches about 1,750 over the 56 acre site.
It's a blend of common sense and the classic risk-and-reward theme. PGA player Steve Pate consulted in building the Dunes course and the two got along so famously they decided to make it a permanent partnership. The design firm is now called Pascuzzo and Pate and operates out of an office in El Dorado Hills east of Sacramento. They will be mapping out courses in countries around the world.
Check out the closing hole, No. 12. From the rear tees it can play as a 200 yarder uphill against a stiff breeze. Some players will be hauling out their drivers in hopes of reaching that three-tiered green that measures 11,000 square feet.
Black tees: 1,858 yards
Orange tees: 1,640 yards
Yellow tees: 1,377 yards
$46 (cart included), played on Thursday, October 2010 at noon
Links style course - very well maintained. Tee boxes for all levels. It can get very windy in the afternoon, so it is best to play in the morning.
$61 (cart included), played on Saturday, October 2010 at noon
3 hours to play front 9 - quit before playing back nine
$16 (cart included), played on Friday, May 2010 at 2pm
The challenge course is a tough little par 3 that will really challenge your short game. Getting on the green is the easy part. The greens are very well maintained and have all of the ingredients of a championship course, undulation, grain, slope, etc. There are no straight puts on the course. The facilities are incredible, a first class operation.
$61 (cart included), played on Friday, June 2010 at 10am
It was all good.
(cart included), played on Wednesday, August 2009 at noon
Exceptional par three layout. Greens are large, firm, fast, with many undulations. Rough areas are thick clumpy grass in the Scottish style. Very challenging par three venue.
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