Monarch Beach Golf Links Hole by Hole - 12th Hole

Monarch Beach Golf Links, California

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Hole 12 at Monarch Beach Golf Links is a challenging par 5 with a slight dogleg left and 11 bunkers strategically placed throughout. With varying distances for each teebox, the key to success on this hole is strategic shot placement and careful consideration of wind conditions, which can vary significantly across the four seasons in Dana Point, California.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 5

Distance: 542 yards

Handicap: 4

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Slight dogleg

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Some fairway bunkers, with the majority (51%) strategically placed around the area.

Club Recommendations

For the low handicapper, this hole offers a great opportunity to make an eagle with its relatively short distance and wide fairway. However, the key to success on this hole is strategic shot placement and careful consideration of wind conditions. With 11 bunkers strategically placed throughout, it's important for the low handicapper to avoid these hazards and aim for the center of the fairway off the tee.

As for club selection, a driver or even a three wood may be sufficient depending on wind conditions and personal preference. For their second shot, a long iron or hybrid may be necessary to reach the green in two. Keep in mind that there is only 3% bunker coverage on this green, so aiming for accuracy rather than power will greatly increase your chances of scoring well.

The medium handicapper should also focus on accurate shots off the tee in order to avoid any trouble with bunkers. A slightly shorter drive may still leave them within striking distance for their second shot towards the green. However, they should take into account their personal strengths and weaknesses when choosing clubs as some players may prefer hitting longer irons while others might opt for hybrids or woods.

The high handicapper should approach this hole with caution as it can easily become troublesome if not played carefully. It's recommended that they lay up before reaching any potential hazards such as water or bunkers instead of trying to hit long shots over them. Depending on individual club distances, they may need multiple shots just to reach near enough to attempt an approach towards the green.

Overall, regardless of handicap level, paying close attention to wind conditions and using strategic shot placement will greatly benefit all players on Hole 12 at Monarch Beach Golf Links.

"The most important shot in golf is the next one."
- Ben Hogan

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