Challenge Course rates: any day, any time
$15 to walk, $29 to ride
Royal Rewards Members: $13 to walk, $26 to ride
Collared shirts are enforced on the Old Course, Challenge Course and driving range.
A New Challenge at the Dunes
Monarch Dunes’ former superintendent, Tom Elliott, has modified Damian Pascuzzo’s award winning Challenge Course to cater towards a player development series. The 12-hole revision appeals to avid golfers as an improvement motivator to test their skills. Along with the course, comes a program tailored to help new golfers learn the game and, ultimately, learn to love the game.
Forward tees, 2 cups per green (1 regulation & 1 larger cup), provided equipment, custom scorecards, free seminars, walk paths and much more have been added to enhance beginning golfer's experience on the Challenge Course.
Click here for more on the LEARN GOLF! program.
Challenge Course Rates & Scorecard
Background of The Challenge Course
By Damian Pascuzzo, ASGCA
Pascuzzo & Pate Golf Course Design
The second of the two golf courses at Monarch Dunes is unique to the Central Coast. Named “The Challenge Course” it is a collection of 12 par-three holes that will appeal to both the veteran player and the golfing newcomer. Our goal as designers was to create a golf experience that would compliment The Old Course. A great place to get in a little more golf after you have played The Old Course, or when you are short on time and just want a taste of golf. We think it will also have great appeal to novices who want to get comfortable with their game before taking on a regulation length course.
The 12 holes on The Challenge Course range in length from 20 yards to 205 yards. Players will get to hit a wide variety of clubs when they tee it up in The Challenge. We like the fact that 12 holes can be divided into so many subsets (i.e. 2-6 hole groups, 4-3 hole groups, etc.) because it makes for lots of interesting matches and games between players.
Each hole has the tees arranged to vary the angle of attack. Players teeing off from the back tees will face the most difficult shot, while those playing from the front tees will have a far easier line to the green. Each hole has at least 5000 square feet of tee space and we will have set out three sets of tee markers giving players plenty of choice.
The golf course has a natural, rugged appearance, which is enhanced by the dunes that were shaped throughout the fairways and around the greens. The Challenge Course was completely constructed by shaping the native sand into the desired features. There were no outside materials imported to build the greens or bunkers as is done on most golf courses.