Bayonet GC: View from #18
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4.3
911 Reviews (911)
5 Stars
561
4 Stars
270
3 Stars
55
2 Stars
13
1 Stars
12
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.2
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.0
90.6%
Recommend this course
865 out of 911 reviews
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4.3
101 Reviews (101)
5 Stars
53
4 Stars
30
3 Stars
13
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.6
88.1%
Recommend this course
89 out of 101 reviews
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4.3
149 Reviews (149)
5 Stars
83
4 Stars
40
3 Stars
17
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.6
87.9%
Recommend this course
131 out of 149 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

4.3
911 Reviews (911)

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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Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not up to snuff

Staff is awesome.
Course design is excellent.
pace of play is Fair -Good
Practice area is very good
Greens are rock hood and poor condition.
Fairways are fair.

The last year the quality of the turf management is slipping.

Love playing it.

Hope they turn it up a notch.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Cold weather
Used cart
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Expected Better

Bayonet has a reputation of being a championship caliber golf course, but the condition of the course was was sorely disappointing.
- Greens were bumpy and inconsistent. Soft on few holes, firm on others.
- The rough was ridiculous. 4 to 6 inches sections, followed by tightly trimmed areas... on the same holes. Again soft and wet on certain holes and dry and bare on others.
- the fairways were blotchy and “diseased”.
The best way to describe the situation is that someone messed up severely and now they are in a panic to correct the conditions (a little too late), but they don’t have the man power to do it correctly. Felt like I was playing a muni course with a rookie superintendent.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Slow greens on Bayonet, Black Horse was much better

Was looking forward to playing Bayonet. I find it much more challenging. Everything’s about the facilities and the course was great except for the slow greens. The pace was quick so we ended up playing Black Horse afterwards. Much better greens. Beautiful weather.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
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 2
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
Verified Purchaser
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 7
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 17
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 4
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 32
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 20
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
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