Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point, CA was the site for a bit of an unusual tournament. The Barstool Classic was in town for fun, shenanigans, friendship, and rest assured, golf. This stop was one of the qualifying 16 events leading to the finale this November at the famed Pinehurst #2 in North Carolina.
We live in strange times. Things are either canceled, postponed, put away, or forgotten. Amidst COVID-19 worries, the sports world took a back seat to public safety, and one by one, all major sports halted their seasons; basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, tennis, and yes, one of our favorites, golf. It was quite disheartening to see all tournaments cease, and it extended to all public and private tracks. One of our local gems, the Monarch Beach Golf Links, was not immune to the quarantine, and for two long months, in a glorious spring, the club ceased its operations. For us at GSocial, all avid golfers, it was an excruciating time, which was echoed by people all around Orange County. For those of you who have not experienced some of the best golf in this county, or any other for that matter, Monarch Beach Golf Links is a fantastic track right by the beach (hole #3 is something to behold) at times challenging and scenic, it is paradise.
I’ve always heard great things about Urban Golf Performance, and from the moment I set foot inside the door, I knew I was in for a special treat. I was quickly greeted by Leo Rooney, the Director of Performance, who welcomed me and gave me a guided tour of the entire facility.