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Black Horse at Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course

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4.5
529
5 Stars
342
4 Stars
149
3 Stars
21
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
7
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.1
93.9%
Recommend this course
506 out of 529 reviews
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4.5
29
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.3
96.6%
Recommend this course
28 out of 29 reviews
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4.4
77
5 Stars
45
4 Stars
23
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.2
92.2%
Recommend this course
71 out of 77 reviews
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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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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7024 yards 73.7 136
Blue 72 6533 yards 71.5 131
White 72 5910 yards 68.8 125
Red (W) 72 5084 yards 65.1 116
Scorecard for Black Horse
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 73.7/136 535 247 391 445 198 265 395 550 421 3447 415 449 508 460 398 224 326 192 605 3577 7024
Blue M: 71.5/131 508 214 355 401 179 265 375 520 399 3216 391 418 482 422 365 179 308 166 586 3317 6533
White M: 68.8/125 452 183 330 352 152 228 326 482 362 2867 369 388 446 372 345 138 292 156 537 3043 5910
Red W: 65.1/116 410 128 270 314 109 193 295 385 299 2403 343 308 401 330 322 96 263 125 493 2681 5084
Handicap 3 15 11 7 17 13 9 1 5 12 8 4 6 10 16 14 18 2
Par 5 3 4 4 3 4 4 5 4 36 4 4 5 4 4 3 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 5 15 13 11 17 7 9 1 3 4 14 6 8 10 18 12 16 2

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

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Reviews

4.5
529

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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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Beautiful

Great scenery in a beautiful part of the world... maintained like a municipal GC but an interesting and challenging layout. I will return.

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

Very good and challenging golf for amateur

Enjoy playing both Black Horse & Bayonet. Courses are always in good condition. About the best maintained public courses.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

You got A game?

Play here many times. Always well kept. Fun to play. Challenging. This course will test your short game. Greens are harder than pebble. I would compare to spyglass hill. Highly recommended.

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

Best winter courses.

After 11 inches of rain in the last two weeks, We always know that we can count on Bayonet/Blackhorse for great golf. The entire facililty drains so well and the greens hold there firmness throughout winter.. Treat yourself to a great test of golf..

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

Marshal

Everything was great except the Marshall he was a complete dick

Conditions Excellent
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging and Awesome Track!

Blackhorse is a challenging yet awesome track that is a definite must play if you are in the area! It is a great layout at a reasonable length (played blue tees 6500+) with some of the most undulated and fast and true greens I have ever played on. The course features picturesque views of the ocean, penninsula, and I also saw numerous wildlife during the round (deers, coyotes, rabbits, squirrels, hawks, etc.). Additionally, the conditions of the entire course were excellent and the pace of play on this particular day was ideal; I teed off at 11:40 and with hardly any waiting all round I was able to finish in well under 3.5 hrs. with a cart. Furthermore, for the conditions and layout of the course the rates are more than reasonable, and since I was able to book this round as a hotdeal for $60+ it was a no brainer. If you are in the area don’t pass on Blackhorse!

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
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great layout

Wow greens extremely fast, good condition. 4:40 to play 18.

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

beautiful, well maintained course

Bay on challenging, wll maintained golf course. Pace of play excellent.

Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Some days you ride the horse, other days the horse rides you. Today was the later.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very good course

Well kept course with good condition. Very nice view! Not easy to play.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Day in Monterey

Blackhorse is every bit as enjoyable and a great setting as the more notable course in the area. It is a beautiful setting and a fun course to play. The wide variety of holes and challenges come from the bunker placement and undulations on the greens. Given the price compared to the other courses, it should be at the top of your list.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Hurt So Good

The morning rain didnt seem to slow the greens very much, but did make them softer. Drainage was great so there were no issues with standing water, even considering heavy rains recently. This is a well designed course that forces you to play specific shots or face a stiff penalty. The beautiful backdrop of the Monterey bay helps ease the pain. Minus one star for the “friendliness” of the pro shop and lack of beverage cart.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Played this course a few times before. Today the course looked in rough shape, from tee boxes to fairways. Maybe due to dry CA conditions? The greens were rolling at a speed of 12, along with many undulations and cruel pin placements, making them incredibly challenging. Wish they would slow them down a bit. But still a fun course to play with some nice views of the bay. Unfortunately finished off the day with a terrible , dry steak sandwich (maybe due to dry CA conditions) at their restaurant.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Mid November great golf in California

Around 70 degrees, virtually no wind, under 4 hour round. Pin positions tough. Blackhorse is a quality course in many respects!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great for the price.

Course was in great shape. A few too many sand traps. Greens a bit fast for the slope of the greens.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

High slope rating is for a reason

Black Horse is for the lower handicap player.

Tough greens and approach shots are difficult. If you are out of position it will be a very long day.

Bring your A game otherwise you will struggle.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Outstanding good time.

We hit the perfect day. 75. no wind, lightly played with no pressure. The view was as good as it gets. The greens were as usuals very hard to read. It s a great value for the price as we booked it on Golf Now.

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