Bayonet GC: View from #18
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4.4
838 Reviews (838)
5 Stars
522
4 Stars
251
3 Stars
44
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
11
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.1
92.5%
Recommend this course
803 out of 838 reviews
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4.3
65 Reviews (65)
5 Stars
36
4 Stars
18
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.6
89.2%
Recommend this course
58 out of 65 reviews
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4.3
111 Reviews (111)
5 Stars
61
4 Stars
34
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.2
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.5
91.0%
Recommend this course
101 out of 111 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

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

Reviews

4.4
838 Reviews (838)

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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Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Bone Dry on the Coast?

This is a supreme course that will test any golfer: length, accuracy, and concrete greens that require premier golf balls.

You would think that this coupled with a coastal track providing the ideal Social Media pictures would give you an A+ experience? No...

I apologize for the vulgarity here, do you dehydrate a course that is less than a mile from the coastline in a temperate zone that rarely reaches temperatures above 70 degrees?!?!

I understand creating a challenging setup, but it cannot come at the cost of the conditions of the course which continues to lose trees due to extreme and grass due to lack of course hydration!

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful large trees

Cold and foggy. Never saw the ocean. Greens were rough, but lots of work in progress. Beautiful trees and a challenging course. Enjoyed our game.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
First Time Playing

Do not play - horrible conditions

Was looking forward to this course given its reviews! Ummmm, all these reviews must be from workers.

First of all, they wanted to charge us 189 a person and on golf now it was 69. We called and instead of honoring the price, they told us to just book it online if you wanted that price. Ok, have it your way we did.
Thank goodness, this course has a good layout, but in horrendous conditions. Greens are rock hard, fairway is inconsistent, tee boxes are horrible.

The bunkers had no sand in them....was a blast when in combo with a the non-receptive greens.

Asked for a bag tag before my round started, thinking that I was going to have a great day only to tell me that they didn’t have any left. None left?? Ummmmm, wow.

They have let this course go. Pathetic ownership and leadership. Skip this on your trip to the central coast!!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Tiakhamsone

The course was in ok conditions, would actually be considered nice for most courses, but I am tough on them, only bc I have played here before when it was in great shape. I’ll be back when the course gets back to those conditions. I love this track, very challenging and the weather and views were amazing..

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Beautiful and Challenging

Definitely a must play course. Played both Black Horse and Bayonet courses. Worth the money and the drive.
Well maintained all around. Greens are faster and fun. Take your time and take a couple of practice swings, Well worth it. Good shots are rewarded but can easily get lost in wind and trees if not judged properly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Day on the Green

Beautiful day at Bayonet. Greens were slower than my previous experience but course was in great shape and weather was better than expected, except for the wind. I highly recommend this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 30
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Lots of sand

This course is in amazing shape, most challenging course I’ve played. Most of the greens are protected by sand traps! And the greens are fast. But a beautiful course and very well maintained

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Pre wedding golf

Great course,taken care of as always greens were as hard as the cart path nothing holding and greens very fast

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Lots of work being done!

There is a lot of tree trimming, irrigation, reseeding and cleanup being done. Not as quiet or pristine as usual but still a great place to play. Played BlackHorse and the tee boxes are being redone so not very pretty right now but course is in pretty good shape otherwise. 3 1/2 hr round for us (2) which is great.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Must Play

Management has their act together and it was a breeze to check in and play while adhering to Covid rules. Course in great shape and pace of play perfect. Both courses are a great layout and challenge.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Bayonet

First time playing at Bayonet. Overall great experience. Course is challenging. One thing that might have helped was to have had a larger picture of overall course. It wasn’t always clear where we were headed and the map on he back of the scorecard was really too small to assist.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

What a Gem!

Had no idea what to expect when booking this course, but couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised! Got out early on a Wednesday, so we took our time and soaked it all in.
We had prepared for a chilly morning, but literally took our layers off after the second hole. The course is well kept, plays fair, and the views are incredible!
The best review I can give is that I played poorly, but still had one of the more enjoyable rounds I have played. Will definitely look to play again next time I am in the area!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

great course to beat the heat

a bit hard to stop your ball on the greens but this is a nice course with a good pace of play and great views of Monterey Bay and excellent weather. Reasonable rates include range balls and carts and you can get a good sandwich at the grill.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Gorgeous and challenging course in very good shape!

Fairways are longer and narrower than most courses. Lots of elevation changes. Greens in great condition, but with extensive use of levels and ridges to make them very challenging. I love this course!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Disappointing First Visit Here

I was really looking forward to my first visit here. The weather was perfect, but the course conditions were surprisingly weak. Some fairways looked recently "scraped" and fertilized, often with the fertilizer powder and pellets still visible. The layout of this course is masterful, and I am sure when fairways and greens are healthy it must be quite an adventure. But that was not the course I played on my visit. The fairways were worse than "tight" -- some of my lies weren't sitting on grass at all (see photos) And the greens were not smooth or green, nor appeared to have been watered any time recently. I was unable to find my ball mark on most greens, since they were so dry and hard. I asked several regular players after my round if this was common to Bayonet, and they said the course was a "little dry and ragged right now". I think that was a very diplomatic answer.

I hope to return some day, but certainly won't pay anything close to full price unless assured the course is a different one than the one I just played.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

65th Birthday round

Played here for the first time on my 65th birthday. Beautiful course layout. Wonderful views of Monterey bay. Can’t wait to play here again

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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