The Bayonet at Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course

4.6548647059 4.7 stars from 5 (592)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7104 yards
  • Slope: 141
  • Rating: 74.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Bayonet BlackHorse Golf Academy & Performance Center"

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7104 yards 74.8 141
Blue 72 6641 yards 72.7 137
White 72 5945 yards 69.4 132
White (W) 72 5945 yards 74.2 132
Red (W) 72 5229 yards 70.2 123

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 592 Reviews
5 stars:
387
4 stars:
172
3 stars:
25
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
6

recommend this course

578 out of 591 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city near local attractions   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views playing multiple courses   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens elevation changes   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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u774141109's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



irenemgood's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/11/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Bring your A game"


u8559564's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2018
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Bayonet tests all parts of your game. On the tee you need to decide which club to pull to avoid the fairway bunkers. It’s not just bombs away with the driver. On your approach, often you’ll have either a downhill or uphill lie. Again, club selection is key. If you can execute and get on the green, you’ll be faced with beautifully manicured greens with ridges and slope. If you’re on the wrong side of the ridge, you can look forward to your ball rolling to the fringe. I hit 10/14 fairway and still shot +10 of my average. I’m a 10 handicap straight up no mulligans, do overs or any of that elementary nonsense. It was my first time playing the course so now I figured out some things. Looking forward to getting my revenge the next time I play. This course is amazing! The staff made me feel like I was a guest on Fantasy Island.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Outstanding day of golf"


u000005065588's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/31/2018
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The course was in perfect condition tee to green, including the bunkers (and I was in a lot of them). This is a challenging layout with tree-lined fairways and large, fast, undulating greens. Bring your A-game. The views of Monterey Bay are breath-taking and the staff was very friendly. This experience rivaled Spyglass and Pasatiempo at a fraction of the cost.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fantastic, difficult course"


u6161866's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/29/2018
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Reviewed on

Great course at a great rate. Fairways were less punishing than expected (only lost one ball) but greens were extremely difficult and fast. Lots of dog legs on the back nine. Course was in fantastic condition and I got paired up with a really nice guy who made the round a lot of fun.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Awesome Golf Course"


sblaziek's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/26/2018
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First time playing here, had the best day of golf on Bayonet Course, beautiful clubhouse and we will be back in March for more awesome golf!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Rodney2605483's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/23/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Robster313's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/20/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Awesome experience"


u000005845493's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/19/2018
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Break in rain and sunny all day. Course in pristine condition, pace of play was extraordinary that day. The back 9 was more challenging with making putts. Wish this course was closer to sacramento as we’d definitely play it more often.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"As usual"


Hhippster's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/17/2018
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Reviewed on

This course is almost always in great shape AS USUAL. Be careful on the greens. Fast and difficult. Playing them will help your game.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



jazzfile's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/29/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great value, hard golf course"


noladevil's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/29/2017
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Reviewed on

I played the pre-renovation Bayonet frequently in my high school and college years in the 70's -80's and it was the toughest course on the peninsula. The renovations (about 10 years ago) were great - cut back the trees a bit and improved the conditions, but still the same footprint. Still really hard, but a bit fairer off the fairway and balls rarely stay up in the trees now. Great layout, great views. The greens were so firm and fast it was a bit unfair. Had a great round through 15, then knocked 40 footer on 16 off the false front and 30 yards down a hill. In spite of that frustration, a wonderful day of golf for a reasonable price.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course, great value"


AARON1396771's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/28/2017
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Great golf course and an excellent value. Very good food in the clubhouse. Picturesque and very well maintained course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Just wish there was a Marshall"


olivercaird's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/23/2017
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Great course, great deal just wish there was a Marshall on the course. Had a couple of ppl on the course that were jumping from hole to hole. If there was a Marshall that would not have happened. Overall great place to Play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Amazing course & location"


u000004243276's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/22/2017
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A must - the next best course after the 17 mile drive choices.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Golf"


u000002724139's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/08/2017
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Reviewed on

Bayonet is always way challenging. Nothing easy. Getting to the greens is only 1/2 the battle. So tough. So much fun.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/08/2017
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The pin on #16 at Bayonet was not accessible. Since I was playing alone, I took the time to relax and dropped a ball in the middle of the green and it rolled 30 yards off the green.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"First time at Bayonet"


lbshim's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/03/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Went to Bayonet with a couple of friends.. I think I had a good time even though the putting was little too difficult, but it's not the course. Haha.. I would love to go there again to play another round.. Hope it happens soon. Look at the picture with the ocean view!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bayonet-what a gem"


Kehl2012's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/29/2017
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Reviewed on

Great course. Greens are tough, need a high approach shot to stick. Would have broken 90 had it not been for a US Open like greens.....ha

Fairways have some strange grass growing but still in great shape considering the recent rain.

Definitely will go back for more punishment.

Staff very friendly. Great calamari app; goes great with a beer.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Greens firm and fast but will hold a good shot"


daleball7589's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/25/2017
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I really enjoy the Bayonet course. You can play the white tees at just under 6000 yards or the blues at 6600 and have as competitive a round as you like. Greens are in excellent shape , firm and fast. Only problem for me is they are hard to read. Don’t feel too bad about three putts, at some point you will have have at least one


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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