Bayonet GC: View from #18
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4.4
786 Reviews (786)
5 Stars
494
4 Stars
235
3 Stars
41
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
8
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.1
92.7%
Recommend this course
756 out of 786 reviews
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4.4
50 Reviews (50)
5 Stars
29
4 Stars
15
3 Stars
5
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1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.4
92.0%
Recommend this course
46 out of 50 reviews
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4.3
88 Reviews (88)
5 Stars
46
4 Stars
30
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
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Conditions
3.9
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
92.0%
Recommend this course
81 out of 88 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7104 yards
Slope 139
Rating 74.8

It was upon this land that General Bob McClure constructed the Bayonet Golf Course in 1954 and, due to Bayonet's initial acclaim, Fort Ord decided to expand the course. In 1964 a second 18-hole championship course named Black Horse was officially opened.

The Bayonet and Black Horse courses are steeped in rich tradition and have played host to PGA Tour greats such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, as well as several U.S. Presidents and foreign dignitaries. After a practice round in 1997, PGA Tour Professional Billy Andrade said, "If they play the U.S. Open here, the scores would be over par. It's tough, but it's fun!" One thing is for certain, the Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses offer golf enthusiasts and history buffs alike, an experience that they are unlikely to forget.

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Course Details

Year Built 1954
Greens Jacklin T1 Bentgrass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Gene Bates (2008)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $20 - $25
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Bayonet Black Horse Golf Academy & Performance Center"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

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Reviews

4.4
786 Reviews (786)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 64
Patio Dining 52
19th Hole Scenic Views 47
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 124
Undulating Greens 108
Elevation Changes 92
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 105
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 85
Playing Multiple Courses 69
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 103
Convenient to the City 64
Near Local Attractions 53

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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
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3.0
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Previously Played

Course is in very rough shape

I’ve played Bayonet many times over the last 3 years. Unfortunately the course is in very poor shape right now. There is so little grass on the fairways and greens that you can see dirt through the razor thin grass. The fairways are also loaded with old divots and the greens have lots of old ball marks. I hope they find a way to rejuvenate the course - it’s not fun to play right now.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Incredible day

Bayonet was outstanding! Incredibly friendly staff and a great test of golf. A must play when in the Monterey area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Staff was professional and timely

Love this course. Probably too difficult for me but manageable from the white tees.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Greens are too severe for speed

Bayonet is a "championship" layout that always features pathchy, tightly mown, wet thin turf, uneven rough(gophers), and very firm, slick, but rather bald, severely contoured and sloping greens. Bring your A+ game and only hit high, soft irons, as most holes don't allow for run-ups to many pin positions.
Views of Monterey Bay are spectacular, the practice area is the best in the area, food's good, and their weekly demo -day allows you hit nearly all brands of clubs with good quality practice balls.
Excellent overall operation, but it's "work" playing both courses in the always chilly Monterey weather, with thin, tight lies, and the greens are often ridiculous considering the speed/contouring/firmness.
For the 40 years that I've played these courses, it's always been a challenge to grow good turf in this location.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A little disappointed.

Having played these courses quite a few years ago, I guess I was expecting a great improvement after its renovation. The fairways were in rough shape and the traps were quite varied from dirt traps to some sand bunkers. All the trees were much better trimmed but the fairways look as if they have too much play. The course is still challenging due to the layout but compared to other Monterey area courses this was a little below par.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Perfect Day

Sunshine in the mid-sixties. Wide fairways with bunkers placed to force the golfer to carefully place their shots. Putting difficult on fast greens with many bare spots. Nice restaurant, entire staff from pro shop to cart handlers very friendly.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Super good as usual!

Best course to play in the winter!! Hardly any drainage issues. I heard the course is built on sand so it drains really well! Fun place for everyone.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Anonymous
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fair Challenge

Staff was very friendly and course was in great shape even during this wet season. Tons of character on the tough greens. Great experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Anonymous
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Walked
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great course and value

Course is a great tough layout. I hadn’t played the course since the redesign about 10 years ago, but it is a lot more forgiving than before due to clearing of many trees and making landing areas larger. With the golf now “hot deal” rates it has to be one of the best values in the country. Highly recommend this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Challenging greens

Get ready for some 4 putts. Greens are super fast in many places and hard to read. Awesome course though and you’ll want to come back

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Come to Bayonet if you want to be tested. Course is in awesome shape. Greens are firm and fast. Course knowledge is required to be successful.

Come play Bayonet if you want yo be tested. Course is in awesome shape. Fairways and greens are firm. Beautiful views everywhere. Course knowledge needed to be successful. I highly recommend playing here.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Absolutely Beautiful Course

This course is absolutely beautiful; It's like the course has ocean views almost every other hole. The greens were CRAZY FAST and the course was still a little wet from all the rain the previous week but overall it was a great day. Highly recommend this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bring your A,B or C game

Do not kid yourself.Is what I’ll usually tell myself when playing these courses.The tracks are championship grade so, play well and if you aren’t that day-don’t take it too seriously.Prepare to air it out and work on your short game at the same.The greens are tricky sweet and can play incredibly high on the stimp...mostly.This is enjoyable golf at Bayonet & Blackhorse and these courses do there job spectacularly well..The staff are and have always been professional and courteous.The pro shop is stocked well for its size.The clubhouse restaurant will take care of you.Drinks are plenty and the views are legit throughout.Enjoy!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
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