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4.5
586 Reviews (586)
5 Stars
375
4 Stars
166
3 Stars
27
2 Stars
11
1 Stars
7
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
90.2%
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555 out of 586 reviews
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4.5
33 Reviews (33)
5 Stars
19
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
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2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.7
90.9%
Recommend this course
30 out of 33 reviews
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4.4
62 Reviews (62)
5 Stars
35
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.5
87.1%
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7024 yards
Slope 136
Rating 73.7

Following a $13 million renovation at this 36-hole former military facility, Black Horse Golf Course was not only dramatically improved, but now comparable to its more revered sister course, Bayonet. Black Horse has long been considered the easier of the two, but that's not exactly a given now with the improvements and lengthening by golf course architect Gene Bates. Its serrated bunkers may be a little easier to get out of than the cavernous craters on Bayonet, and the fairways are little more generous, but Black Horse makes up for it with more undulating and difficult greens. The renovation also opened up the views to Monterey Bay for both courses. Trees were trimmed, and both courses now have an overall cleaner look, especially with the latest bentgrass turf from tee to green.

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Course Details

Year Built 1964
Greens Jacklin T1 Bentgrass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Gene Bates (2008) Chris Gray (1998)

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

Accolades

Reviews

4.5
586 Reviews (586)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 67
19th Hole Scenic Views 42
Patio Dining 37
Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 103
Bunkers 97
Elevation Changes 75
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 95
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 68
A Weekend Splurge 58
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 82
Convenient to the City 56
Near Local Attractions 54

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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great courses

Beautiful view from both courses no water hazards.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Love this Course

I absolutely love this course. It is beautiful, but challenging; I get humbled every time I play here. Lots of elevation change, FAST greens. It was a little wet but I think that is due to the weather during this time of year.

I highly recommend this course for anyone looking to challenge them selves, or of the have friends in town and they want to impress them without spending a fortune playing in Pebble Beach!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
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
Previously Played

Early New Years gift

Today we were treated to a spectacular blue sky winter day with sunshine. The course was in surprisingly good shape considering recent rain. The pace of play was under 4 hours which is a treat on such a tough course. Omg the greens can be tough but fair as long as you are under the hole. Staff was super friendly and given we received a local rate the deal was out of this world. Best day ever. 5 stars to the staff in the shop and out on the greens. Recommend in highly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Stay below the hole!

Great layout and beautiful scenery. Wet from the recent rains but still very playable! Greens can be cruel to less than great shots and putts but birdies can be had too.
Come try it if you haven’t already and you’ll want to come back.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Winter golf

Went out solo on a cold crisp cloudy day. The driving range was pretty empty. A nice couple let me play through on the first hole which was a great start. No one in front so it made for a nice relaxing round of golf. I did see a lot of grounds keepers which added to the challenge on some of the holes. The greens are super fast and challenging as always. Had a great time and will be back!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
4.0
First Time Playing

Great track and a good value.

Really pleasant experience. Course was a little soggy after a week of rain but overall in surprisingly good conditions. Challenging but fun. Personnel was pleasant & attentive. Only critique was the lightning fast tournament greens, but that speaks more to my putting than anything. Definite recommend.

Conditions Good
Value Good
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

Beautiful course, tough greens, good times!

Blackhorse is one of my favorite places to play, and I love the that you can see the ocean! The course layout is challenging, and the greens are sometimes unforgiving, but that’s what makes it fun!
WARNING: Often you will land on the green and you’ll start talking trash to your competition, only to turn back around and see your ball rolling off the green into a drainage hole!
Just go out and enjoy the scenery, good friendships, and memories made....
Fore!!!!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good course good value

Always a treat, fair but tough, especially the greens.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Great course and great deal. Would definitely recommend. Play here whenever I’m in area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Great place to play in Monterey Bay area- highly recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Paul Goff

Excellent golf courses, The greens are the biggest test.
They are firm and fast with plenty of undulation. Staff & facilities are great. Great views & location.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
Incentivized Review
3.0
First Time Playing

Sand?

I liked this course but at the cost I would have expected sand in the sand traps. This course has more sand traps than any course I have ever played. But only 2 traps had actual sand. This make it nearly impossible to successfully play this course.
The rest of the course was in very good condition with very fast and tough greens.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent value

Blackhorse is a great golf experience. Challenging but not punitive. Course was in good condition when we played it and we finished our round in a little over 5 hours. Watch out for the crows.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Pace Good
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
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice course, wickedly penal greens

Neat layout ruined by ridiculously fast and sloped greens. Now I know what the greens must be like at some US Open venues. My friend and I often pitched or chipped onto the green only to have the ball not just roll onto the fringe, but gather enough momentum to roll 30 yards down the fringe to a drainage. Also, often we'd putt just past or just short of the hole with but to see the ball leak past 20+ feet. Of course, this affects the pace of play as folks spend much more than the usual amount of time on the green.

Another annoying aspect is that the course doesn't go back near the clubhouse after nine holes, but only after 18.

Positives? Cool and challenging layout with plenty of bunkers. The views of the bay during the round. Friendly and helpful staff.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked

One of my favorite CA courses for the money

When I travel to the Valley for work I sometimes get extra time to play. One my favorite destinations is here. Both courses give the perfect amount of challenge with great views of the Pacific. I have heard many people over the years comment that these two courses are somewhat of a hidden gym. Would always recommend.

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