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4.4
759 Reviews (759)
5 Stars
477
4 Stars
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3 Stars
38
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
8
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.1
93.8%
Recommend this course
731 out of 759 reviews
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4.3
46 Reviews (46)
5 Stars
23
4 Stars
16
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.2
93.5%
Recommend this course
43 out of 46 reviews
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4.3
76 Reviews (76)
5 Stars
36
4 Stars
31
3 Stars
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2 Stars
4
1 Stars
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Conditions
3.9
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.3
93.4%
Recommend this course
71 out of 76 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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4.4
759 Reviews (759)

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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4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
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Amenities Excellent
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5.0
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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
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Course But Needs Work

I have been a frequent player at Bayonet for the last five years. I love the course layout and the opportunity to play one of two excellent championship courses at the same location. The staff is great, always friendly and helpful.

I lowered my overall rating because of a couple of items. One, the sand traps are very substandard for a course that aspires to be one of the best in the Monterey Bay. For the prices charged they should be in much better condition. They are very inconsistent, many hard and some with a reasonable amount of sand. Second, the tee side amenities are old and worn. Some holes have ball washers, some don’t. Spike cleaners are worn and useless. A small investment can make this small irritant go away. Finally, the length of the rough is very inconsistent. Short in some areas and US Open like in others.

These are two great courses that can be even greater with a focused investment.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

PGA Course for a great value

We grabbed a hot deal on a weekend for a great price & enjoyed the course. Fairways & greens well kept. Awesome views of the sunset if you have a later round.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

East Coast Players

We don’t get too many views like this on the East Coast. We’ve played a few in this area now, but this was the best so far. Great views, challenging but achievable holes, and a fantastic rate on golf now!

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

High quality course

It’s no surprise that that the PGA use this course. Undulating course with lots of bunkers and slick greens with borrow. Hard but fair.

Just a shame they turned the sprinklers on at 8pm while we still had 2 holes to play..

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

SHOULD be better

Having played the course previously, I was a bit disappointed. The green fee was over the top, but I get it is US Open week, and tee tines are at a premium everywhere in Monterey. When you charge a premium fee to play the course, please have sand in the bunkers, etc, etc. . Green were fast as expected, but inconsistent from green to green. Still like the layout, but conditions could be better... much better

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Yes

Course was in great condition. Greens were rolling great. Cart girl was on time. Price was a little high but US Open was in town so course in area gouged everyone...

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

tough but fair

Tough course but fair, fairways were in pretty good shape considering the amount of play it gets. Greens were good and gave you a true role. Look forward to going back

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

Tough but fair

Kinda tight and kinda long (from the blue tees). But fair, interesting and fun. Highly recommend. Conditions pretty good, greens were excellent, a real challenge

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Tough course

Very tough course. Yardages are s little long from blues and s little short from whites. Greens are in good condition and fairly fast. Rough is high.

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

Great courses for $50

Played both these courses for $50 each (Golfnow Hot Deal) and I was very happy I did. Both tracks are very challenging but fair, great layouts and both, greens & courses in very good condition. I would recommend these both courses as they are great value for the area.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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