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4.4
629 Reviews (629)
5 Stars
392
4 Stars
188
3 Stars
30
2 Stars
12
1 Stars
7
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.1
91.0%
Recommend this course
595 out of 629 reviews
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4.3
44 Reviews (44)
5 Stars
18
4 Stars
22
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.3
93.2%
Recommend this course
41 out of 44 reviews
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4.4
81 Reviews (81)
5 Stars
39
4 Stars
35
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.5
91.4%
Recommend this course
74 out of 81 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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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

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

Reviews

4.4
629 Reviews (629)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 68
19th Hole Scenic Views 43
Patio Dining 38
Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 103
Bunkers 98
Elevation Changes 75
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 95
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 69
A Weekend Splurge 58
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 83
Convenient to the City 56
Near Local Attractions 54

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Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Nice course, fast greens

This is the first time I played Black Horse, have played Bayonet once before. We found the course to be in good shape. It was an afternoon tee time so it was a bit windy and overcast at first but by the time we got to the last 3-4 holes the sun was out and it was nice. As for the course, it was COVID-19 timing but everything was in great shape. We found the greens to be a bit fast which was challenging since many of the greens are undulating but a good challenge. I'd highly recommend the course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
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
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Challenging!

Excellent! Need to improve signage
Between holes!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Windy weather
Used cart

Great challenging course

My wife and i had a great time. We played with a kid who was a scratch golfer and plays for Fresno State U. The course is in good shape and challenging for us. Jack, our playing partner, had a 1 over par and said he really loved both courses. The only thing that could be improved on is directions around the course. If you had never played there before, it got confusing on several holes where to go for the next tee.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Blackhorse

Perfect day. Course in a lovely condition.
Had a great time

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

I love the courses, but........

The courses at Black Horse/Bayonet are excellent. I've played here many times. However, the conditions were the worst I've every seen it here. Tee boxes pretty beat up. Fairways are very thin with bare spots. Greens are a little bumpy and much slower than usual. I was very disappointed paying the full NGCA rack rate of $110. Maybe at half price the below average conditions (for this course) wouldn't bother me. Unless you are paying less than $65, I wouldn't recommend playing here now.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Black Horse

Be ready for fast and undulating greens. The only down side is with no one fixing divots there are a lot in fairways

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

A real test of golf

Its been a while since I last played Blackhorse and its as tough as I remembered. Conditions were very good by it required you to hit fairways and the right part of the greens. Few flat lies even on the fairways. This is a thinking course, to play well you have to puick the places to miss. Add in some breeze from the ocean and you'll be usung all you mental faculties as well. There is much to contend with here including elevation changes, sloping fast greens with several false fronts and mature Monterey Cypress. All in all a true test of your game. A most enjoyable course for those that want to test their game. If you just want to wack the ball, head down the hill to Monterey Pines.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Windy, Tough and one hole so under repair it should have been closed.

We played Blackhorse. Course is in good condition. But is under repair in some spots.
Was a bit frustrated when I lost a ball in a pile of cut tree limbs. Happened once to me and once to my playing partner. The was a entire crew in a ditch in front of one green who didn’t move or turn off their radios when we approached. They should have closed the hole.
No Marshalls to move slow play. And no sandwiches in the service cart, which is rough because the course doesn’t return to the clubhouse on the turn. All the pins were tucked in corners in positions sometimes so difficult it was laughable especially on a windy day.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Closed a par 3 but was not advised

Except for not telling me the hole was close and playing 96 years, all was fine.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 55
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Poor conditions, disappointing compared to previous experience.

The Blackhorse Golf course is a very difficult layout. It was rebuilt about 5 years ago and the designer made many of the greens impossible. Way to many greens are designed so that only a third of the green should ever have a pin placement. In addition the greens were so dry that there was hardly any grass on them, that means when you hit a ball to the middle of a green it can roll backwards off the green and 30 yards down the hill, especially since the fairways are so incredibly dry its difficult to keep the ball on the fairway, and more difficult to hit a perfect shot off the equivalent of hard-pan in the middle of the fairway. This course is in dire need of water. How do you enjoy a course that is so difficult in the first place and conditions make it impossible to score when you hit great shots.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 0-4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Great Challenge, Great Value, but no Marshalls

Loved the course, the layout, playing conditions and had a ton of fun on the multi-tiered, undulating greens; however, despite telling us on the phone otherwise, had no on-course marshall assisting with pace of play. One slow foursome ignorant to pace of play held up the entire course behind them.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

3.5 hr round. good time, one temp tee box and several under repair

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
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

First Round Back to Blackhorse!

First round back during Covid---paid online, walked into proshop with Mask and checked in---single cart riders and carts separated---whole experience felt very SAFE and enjoyable! Course is in amazing shape/near perfect after no play----greens are fast, but held up to 6 irons on approaches for me---highly recommend course---may be the most challenging on the peninsula albeit Spyglass-get out there, no crowds!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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