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Looking for a luxurious escape? A $40 million transformation has taken place at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point!

Money well spent!

Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point

Now, more than before, the Monarch Beach Resort has solidified its position as one of the top luxury golf resorts in Southern California along the Pacific Coast, and is a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond awarded resort.

This spectacular destination features 400 exquisitely appointed guest rooms and suites, and the 6,600-yard Par 72 Monarch Beach Golf Links that sits on the bluffs overlooking the ocean next to the hotel. Designed by legendary architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the Monarch Beach Golf Links was designed much like a Scottish links course with tight fairways and rolling greens that meander along the California Coast in one of the most picturesque settings in this part of the world.

Monarch Beach Resort RoomsIn June of this year, Denver-based KSL Resorts, the company synonymous for luxury properties, such as Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage, the La Quinta Resort in La Quinta and the La Costa Resort and Hotel del Coronado in the San Diego area acquired the development formerly known as the St. Regis Hotel. The revamped property now includes a fabulously redesigned lobby, with five new dinning concepts, a more expansive pool area and bar, renovated public spaces and also has an exclusive spa partnership with Miraval, a global leader in spa and wellness.

Each recently restyled guest room is awash with natural light through expansive glass doors that lead out to a private open-air balcony. Inviting and hard to leave plush bedding, lounge seating and a quiet and well laid out work table, completes a setting to make you truly at ease in the suite. The master bathroom is elegantly designed to provide spa-like comforts: deep soaking bathtub, which enjoys daylight through plantation shutters; rainfall shower and a spacious amenity-rich vanity. Each of the resort’s premium suites also features their signature Monarch Beach Resort Host Services, for intuitive or on-demand services, any time of day or night. Guest accommodations range from 535 square feet in a guestroom to over 991 square feet in the Pacific Suite.

Monarch Beach Resort’s beach location in Dana Point affords its guest access to many entertaining activities.

  • Surf lessons
  • Whale watching
  • Marine adventures through the Ocean Institute
  • History and architecture tours of the surrounding area (Historic Mission San Juan, etc.)
  • Art tours of the top galleries in Laguna and neighboring towns
  • Exotic car rental with coastal driving tour (self-guided)
  • Complimentary PCH Summer Trolley service between Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point Harbor, and Laguna Beach

Monarch Beach Resort The resort has a variety of special offers and packages which can be found on their web site at http://www.monarchbeachresort.com. Monarch Beach Resort is a pet-friendly hotel.

Privacy is a huge drawing point. Their private beach is a great place to get the morning started with the Rise and Shine Yoga classes that are taught on the sand with the soothing sound of the waves as a background. More privacy is offered at the “guests-only” Monarch Bay Club on the sand where breakfast overlooking the ocean is a great way to end a yoga session.

For health conscious and fitness devotees, the resort’s association with Miraval, The Miraval Life in Balance Spa at Monarch Beach Resort, offers in excess of 70 of the signature treatments developed at the company’s flagship Miraval Resort & Spa near Tucson, Arizona. Each designed to “awaken the senses, create balance and promote a sense of well-being.”

The new facility encompasses 24 treatment rooms, spa suites, boutique, Drybar, Deborah Lippmann Nail Salon and relaxation and tranquility zones. The Miraval expansion program includes development of full-service Miraval resorts that offer immersive wellness experiences in key destination markets like Monarch Beach and Miraval Life in Balance Spas that offer many of the brand’s signature wellness programs, such as Miraval Tucson’s NÂGA and Shamana-Karma treatments; Ayurvedic, energy and body renewal rituals; and new treatments that incorporate coastal-inspired ingredients, including sea salt, crystal salt stones, algae and marine muds.

Other Miraval Tucson signature wellness programs are offered, including Mindful Stress Mastery, Mindful Eating and Mindfulness at Miraval. Custom yoga and body movement studios in the spa’s new Body Mindfulness Center feature the brand’s Cardio Drumming, Mindful Spinning, Aerial Yoga and Floating Mediation programs.

Miraval Spa Café Miraval-inspired healthy menu items are also available at Monarch Beach Resort’s restaurants, including the new Miraval Spa Café that is among the restaurant offerings—six of them with ocean views, including Chef Michael Mina’s lauded Stonehill Tavern, Club 19 and the Aveo Terrace.

The Monarch Pool, facing directly towards the Pacific, has been expanded to include 150 additional lounge chairs and new, private cabanas. Two new infinity edge whirlpool spas seemingly spill into the stunning seascape. The kid-friendly Family Pool has also been enhanced with a graduated entry and new cabanas around the perimeter.

Access to the 8 lighted hard tennis courts is complimentary for resort guests. A ball machine can be rented for $25 per hour. Loaner racquets are available upon request and guests can purchase tennis balls for a nominal fee. Private and group lessons are available. Tennis lessons are $160 per hour and $70 per half hour. Clinics for groups of 3 or more are also available.

The golf experience at Monarch Beach equals the luxury experience of the hotel. Also, the course is a Gold Medal Resort by GOLF Magazine.

Under the expert direction of GM, Eric Lohman, PGA, a pro’s pro, the Links at Monarch Beach is an excellent test of golf that requires players to use all of the clubs in the bag. The views and layout make a round simply exhilarating and more importantly, memorable.

Shifting winds constantly making club selection critical, the undulating greens really separate the good from great putters.

The golf experience at Monarch Beach The Par 4 third is the signature hole and measures only 315 yards from the back tees, but this dog-leg that runs along the beach necessitates exact shot-making to make a good score.

The Par-5 seventh is the most unique hole on the course with accuracy required more than length—even for a hole that can stretch to 612 yards. Two shots are required over hazards on this hole that dog legs left—and the ways to play it are endless. Par is a good score here— your playing partners will definitely attest to that after finishing the hole.

The club’s forecaddie program is outstanding and the service all around is exceptional. This is taken to another level with the “Fit Fore a King” experience that the resort is offering through the remainder of 2016, as a golf package for those interested in the experience of a lifetime. “The “Fit Fore a King” golf package is an ultimate guys’ golf getaway, as well as an ideal vacation for avid golfing couples, either for a weekend trip or an extended stay.

Available throughout 2016, the awesome package includes:

  • Private limousine service (to and from airport)
  • A luxurious suite for two nights at the Monarch Beach Resort (double occupancy)
  • Personal Butler Service throughout the stay
  • Club-fitting at world headquarters of Callaway (cost of new equipment is additional)
  • Unlimited golf daily on the Monarch Beach Golf Links
  • “FlexSet” golf club rental (while the new set is being built)
  • Golf cart and Monarch Beach “Waterman” personal forecaddie service for each round
  • Access to the resort’s private beach and “guests-only” Monarch Bay Club
  • Breakfast daily

Lohman notes that guests will be guided throughout the experience by a PGA golf professional from the Monarch Beach Golf Links staff.

“About the only thing missing is an actual castle – but our renovated resort is even better,” said Lohman, who is personally coordinating each “Fit Fore VIPs” golf experience. Guests will be chauffeured to and from Callaway Golf’s elite full-service facility – exactly where the tour pros go for their club testing. After a personalized club-fitting using the latest technology, the golfer can order custom-made clubs that will be shipped to their home.

The Monarch Beach Resort—a great destination has just become the standard for luxury golf resorts.

Average daily rates are $400.00

www.monarchbeachresort.com


Barry Lotz, J.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America, the California Golf Writers Association, and serves both as a Consultant and Mediator to the golf industry. He is also the author of numerous books, including “333 Best Web Sites for Golfers”, “How to Build Business Relationships through Golf” which is in the Top Ten Golf Business Book’s bestseller list. His latest book,” The Right Mind for Golf”, released last year, is now in its 8th printing.
He can be reached at www.pgtaa.com or drlotz@cbsgolf.net.

 

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Golf Equipment Reviews Sheets & Eats

PING

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Last year PING had the best-selling driver in the G30 model. This year, their new PING G has attracted a new set of devotees to the PING clan.
What the G driver offers is what every golfer desires – faster club head and ball speed. Using proprietary Turbulator Technology, VorTec and face/crown transition to combine for more efficient air flow, there is definitely a noticeable difference over the G30 version – all good.
The T9S Titanium face is thinner and hotter for maximum distance and deflection. The club’s adjustability with its 5-lobe hosel sleeve, allows ±1 degree of loft adjustment.
Another improvement is the DragonFly Technology –

$429.99 www.pinggolf.com

 

Make Winter time Productive For Your Golf Game

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If you live in an area where winter means cold temperatures, rain, sleet, snow and wind, your golf game may be tucked safely in the back of your mind.

While that’s understandable it is still a time to prepare for when the weather takes a turn for the better.

Here are some suggestions on how to make your winter productive for your game...

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This Month’s Featured Web Site Featured Golf School

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If you thought the Orient Express was high class, then you will love Rovos Rail. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era as you step aboard our reconditioned wood-paneled coaches and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury. Golf safaris are also available

www.rovos.com

Professional Golf Teachers Association

PGTAA graduates have access to positions as golf teaching professionals including head professionals at

both private and public country clubs, golf schools, driving ranges, golf learning centers, indoor facilities, high schools and college coaches. Custom club makers have added golf teaching as a new dimension to their businesses. Graduates can also expect to hold positions as managers of both public and private golf facilities within the US and internationally.

A magazine’s review of the PGTAA

 

Instruction Area Gof Tips and Tricks

Having problems with your swing? – Fix your slice! by Johnny Miller

I recently was examining swing sequences of some of the greatest players in history. Knowing that some of these players favored a draw as their standard shot while others preferred a fade, I sought to identify swing features within each group that would explain their respective ball-flight tendencies. Something profound emerged that I think will benefit all golfers, especially those cursed with a wicked slice.

What I found was this: Virtually every accomplished fader of the ball–from Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods–displayed a straight left arm at the top of the backswing. Conversely, those who preferred a draw–players like Arnold Palmer and Bobby Jones–maintained a slight bend at the elbow.

This discovery is great news for most slicers, as they tend to do by accident what intentional faders do on purpose. In this article I’ll explain why the dynamic works, and how a simple swing change will make a powerful draw your standard shot.

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This area of golfindustryonline.com is designed to help everyone improve their golf game, pros and novices alike. Here our two Pro’s, Geoff Greig and Mark Immelman, explore different aspects of the golf swing and game improvement techniques.

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