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Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.1
94.3%
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4.3
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Layout
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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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4.4
748 Reviews (748)

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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5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great course, fast greens, but woman friendly

We had a great time with beautiful weather. Loved the course

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0

Staff disrespectful

Staff were completely disrespectful to non-pga players not in the big, make that HUGE, pga tournament qualifier on this day. Shoving them out of the way, making them feel unwelcome from the pro shop to, and especially, the starter. The starter, Dennis, basically saying I don’t have time for you. Come back five minutes from your tee time and I will deal with you. Not exactly a welcome to our golf courses today. And did I detect a snout down to GolfNow players in the pro shop? Yes I am certain of it. Only if we could return the Bayonet welcoming from the former Fort Ord courses personnel at OUR home course. Really make them feel welcome. A day to remember.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Big Time Golf Course

Bayonet is a big time golf course with some great holes from start to finish. You will get everything you want out of a round here at a great price.

There is a wide variety of holes and several elevation changes throughout the track. Hole 9 is the most difficult par 4 I have ever played, long dogleg right to an elevated green surrounded by bunkers. Good luck getting there in 2!

Bayonet lists their price at $145 per round, but we played twice by booking through GN. We got a prime morning time for $69 and an afternoon time for $45. Each included cart. Make sure you look for deals online before booking through the pro shop.

The golf course was in pretty good shape and had quick greens. Also there are no water hazards on the entire course. (It's tough enough without them) You will have plenty of ocean views throughout your round. We finished our final round right at sunset and the setting was spectacular.

You will not be disappointed with a challenging round at Bayonet. This is a wonderful golf facility!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Enjoyable round!

Course is beautiful with many ocean views in the background. On the 4th hole as a bonus, a deer decided to meander about 40 yards in front of us as we were about to tee off. Several elevated tees, and greens, with some interesting dog legs. Greens were quick but fair. My only complaint is that the course could use more obvious yard markers, as distances were often “guesstimates”, since I forgot my gps watch at home. Very enjoyable round! I would definitely play it again on my next visit here.

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

Great ocean views

Lots of bunkers. Not much sand in them. Some deer

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Brilliant value for money

I played spyglass three days before and the challenge and condition of Bayonet was better by a considerable length. The value for the green fees was excellent , we had a great day and felt we would return.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Bayonet - Great Price and Pace of Play

As usually Bayonet is a great value. Better still, playing in the morning during the week allows for a quick pace of play. The wife and I payed a twosome with cart in 3:15. Really took our time overall. No one in front or behind. We have had same experience many times at Bayonet and Blackhorse.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Weekday in Monterey

It had been about 3 years since I last played at Bayonet. I called for a tee time and the Pro shop wanted to charge $30.00 more to make a tee time with Pro Shop. I did with with Golf Now and Saved a lot of $$$$.

The pro shop said that the green were in great conditions and that the Green did not have any sand or top dressing on them. I hit the first green in regulation. I noticed that my ball did not bite or spin back. When I reached the green and marked my ball. There was a mix of Sand and top dressing. I was not pleased, finished the round and should have spoken with the golf director but did not. Being honest about course conditions is so important to low handicappers like myself.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course condition

The traps are in bad need of sand. Grass growing in some, club counted instead of passing under the ball. Greens a loudly use improvement, some bare spots. But still a great golf course.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful Bayonet

I love this course, the setting is spectacular with views of the Monterey Bay. The course is very challenging with many bunkers and elevated greens. The greens were fast but fair. Once you figure out that everything breaks towards the ocean. I linked up with some great guys and has a wonderful day. I visit the area every year and try to get a round in every time at Bayonet. I’ve played many courses in the area and it is my favorite, along with its twin course Black Horse.
I think those courses are the best value in the area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Great course, but aeriation was a problem

I have not played Bayonet since it was taken over from the Army, this is my first time. The course was in great shape, except the greens had been aerated within the last two weeks and nobody warned us. i probably would have played anyway.. The new rebuild makes the course a little easier since some tree removal and trimming took place.

Good course, Good day!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens punched and fairways blotchy

I play this course about once per month. It’s normally in reasonable shape but not so this week. The greens were recently punched and sanded. The fairways are blotchy. Many of the tee boxes are sandy as well. There is also a fair bit of irrigation maintenance underway, resulting in open trenches and bare dirt along a few fairways. I would wait at least a few weeks before playing Bayonet. Black Horse appears to be in better shape at the moment. Course management understands the state of Bayonet and, at least today, provided vouchers for a future round for those who paid full price today.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

James Newhouse

The course had been punched one day before we played. The greenskeepers were sweeping sand as we approached each green. The rough looked like Scotland on a bad day. To top it off, "paying players" we're given a free round due to the awful conditions. However since we had booked 8 players, 4 of whom had "hot deals" the head of the pro shop gave free times to the other foresome, not us, despite the fact that all of us played the same lousy course. I can't,give a positive review to such a chickenshit operation.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

great staff

loads of fun almost forgot to look at beautiful views

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course. Hard greens

Played this course last year when it was cart path only. Did not enjoy the frequent hikes across the fairways and some very tough lies.

This time it was 90 degree rule and much more enjoyable. The greens have been recently scarified and are very hard, fast and true.

Rough is short but tough to hit out of. Take your lumps and use a 5 iron.

Overall a very good day.

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