Monarch Dunes is the newest course on California’s Central Coast
Our involvement began in about 1992 when we were asked to work alongside the RRM Design Group in laying out the golf course along with their planning work for the rest of the land uses. This early involvement allowed us to create a high quality golf course that is fun to play and is very well integrated into the overall development. Unlike many golf course real estate developments, Monarch Dunes is not lined with houses down each side of every fairway. In fact, the golf course clubhouse, practice range, and several holes are intentionally located adjacent to the village center creating a dynamic area of activity for the community.
Our intent was to provide Central Coast golfers with a different kind of golf experience and I believe we achieved that. We drew our inspiration from the seaside courses of Scotland and Ireland and from the natural dunes that are formed along the ocean just west of the project. The entire golf course was built from the sand that is native to the site. This allowed us to shape very natural looking features into the golf course as well as create fun and exciting green and bunker complexes. We planted the golf course with a blend of fescue grasses that are particularly adapted to the region. In the fairway, these grasses will provide firm and fast playing conditions. Out in the roughs, where the fescue grass is allowed to grow longer, golfers will see different colors and textures that will contrast with the fairways.
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