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 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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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 2
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 2
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 3
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 6
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
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bayonet

What a beautiful morning in the Monterey Peninsula. 73 degrees at 9am. Played the round in 2hrs and 15 minutes as a single riding a cart. Conditions were pristine. Very challenging course with fast greens, difficult to hold greens on approach shots. Shot 82 which is respectable as a 7.1 handicap.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 44
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent layout, bad fairway and greens condition.

Had heard a lot of great things about Bayonet. When I played it, the tee boxes, fairways and greens were inundated with fungus. Several fairways were under repair and the grass was in horrible condition. The layout and views were fantastic though! Just for the views and history, I would recommend this course. Although the price of $70 was not legitimate considering the course condition!

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Course is in Gross Negligence

I understand COVID-19 has impacted many courses in the Bay Area. Having recognized that, there is zero excuses for a Monterey County course that has previously been a delight to play (over 30 rounds), to fall into such a sad neglected state. It is suffering from lack of water on fairway and greens, the range is crammed with people waiting to get on, the greens hard as concrete. Honestly, I played San Jose Municipal during this same period and its conditions are far superior at 16% the green fee ($195 vs $33). Sure, the Monterey weather is stunning... but for $195 you expect a premium course and that is not what Black Horse / Bayonet has become.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 20
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Slightly disappointed

Given the fact that some courses aren’t open yet I shouldn’t complain, however I didn’t find Bayonet in very good shape. There were a lot of brown spots on the fairways :( for $100 green fee I expected a better course

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bayonet is always a test

The course is running fast and firm. You have to hit a well struck iron to hold the green. Be below the hole if you can. Don’t short side yourself.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course for the price.

This is second time I played bayonet. First time was a little tough and shot 101 kinda frustrating day. Played today and shot 84! Great course, beautiful scenery, nice trees. Fast greens. Players course for $60 is not bad at all.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 28
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Fun

The staff and course was great. It’s a fun and easy play with beautiful views! Will definitely be back!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great to be back out golfing.

Bayonet is always in great shape. I was concerned the COVID19 restrictions may degrade the experience, but I was wrong. Checkin was easy since we had prepaid, the range was open and pre-stocked with balls at each socially-distanced station, and the on-course experience was wonderful. Some will not be fans of the elevated cup being used, but it works out just fine.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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