BlackHorse at Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course

4.5642470588 4.6 stars from 5 (458)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7024 yards
  • Slope: 141
  • Rating: 73.7
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Bayonet BlackHorse Golf Academy & Performance Center"

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7024 yards 73.7 141
Blue 72 6533 yards 71.4 136
White (W) 72 5910 yards 74.0 128
White 72 5910 yards 69.2 126
Red (W) 72 5084 yards 69.4 118

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 458 Reviews
5 stars:
302
4 stars:
126
3 stars:
18
2 stars:
8
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

441 out of 457 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city near local attractions   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views a weekend splurge   Challenges include undulating greens bunkers elevation changes   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views patio dining  

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"Great Course"


Wooltron's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/15/2018
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Reviewed on

I love both of these courses. Very challenging greens. When you can find a good deal a round at either course is not to be missed.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Wonderful Course"


gjerstad's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Blackhorse is a wonderful course. Even though the greens we aerated a few weeks ago, the course was in good shape. It has some wonderful views of the ocean. While there are a few homes around the course, you really don't notice them. One of the best courses in the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great golf experience"


u000003699516's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played with a buddy our first time at the course range balls cart and golt 65$ plus a free replay because the had punched the greens we expected a tough time on the greens but they were in good shape


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Not pleased"


pierre8816882's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2018
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Reviewed on

Unfortunately I wasn’t aware of the fact that greens and fairways had been recently punched and sanded before I played there otherwise I wouldn’t have booked it. It was like hitting from hard pan. The pro shop was giving refunds to players except for the ones who had booked a Hot Deal on golf now.

Very disappointing.

But under normal conditions this is a great course that’s why I recommend it


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great conditions with fast greens"


richard9814648's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2018
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Reviewed on

I had a nice day playing with 2 others on Bayonet. The coarse is hard with fast greens even after recent rains. Do not fly it to the hole. Pace was good but got very slow for last 4 holes. They will aerate April 5 th to prep fir PGA club championship.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Amazing course"


u8028116's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I've played Bayonet once before and really loved it, and just played Black Horse for the first time and found it equally amazing. The course is in great shape...fairways, greens, rough. Sand traps were a bit hard...just like the cart path. And greens were extremely tough and tricky. All in all an extremely enjoyable layout.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



fohughes's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

we played after several days of strong rains and the course was in great shape. Drains exceptionally well


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A Local Favorite"


Alex326's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2018
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Reviewed on

It's hard to believe I haven't played here for 3 months. Blackhorse is one of my peninsula favorite courses. Conditions are usually above average (but not quite superior like Quail or Spyglass). Blackhorse is a challenging course. Every green has multiple tiers and breaks making the preferred landing area very small. In addition to that the greens are firm so holding approach shots can be difficult at times.

The layout is fun with several elevation changes throughout the course. Numerous views of the Monterey Bay help ease the pain of the difficult greens.

Greens are in decent shape but are in need of the upcoming maintainance next week. They are rolling a little slow (medium speed) right now. More than likely they haven't been mowed in a couple days due to the rain we've had this week.

Fairways weren't bad. A few thin areas but very playable throughout. Fairways were super soft due to the recent rain so roll out on drives was non-existent.

First cut of rough was lush throughout.

This course sits in a cooler foggy area of the peninsula. It's not uncommon for temps to be 10 degrees cooler at Blackhorse than at surrounding neighborhoods just a few miles down the road. It may be sunny and warm at your hotel but it can be cool and damp at Bayonet/Blackhorse. Come prepared with extra layers.

Also, unlike Bayonet, you will not go back by the clubhouse at the turn (or at anytime during the round). The beverage cart is regularly out during prime time and there is a cooler with bottled waters on the 10th tee box. Other than that make sure you are stocked up with food and drinks.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Best Overall Golf Experience in Monterey"


Taranbh's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played Bayonet and Blackhorse regularly since the courses were re-designed in 2008. I've also played every other public and resort course in the area and most of the private clubs as well (still waiting for the Cypress invite...) Factoring in design, championship-quality golf, course conditions, location, views and PRICE, Bayonet and Blackhorse are the best overall options anywhere near the Monterey Pensinsula. Seriously. Both courses are incredible. And always in impeccable condition. Both are extremely challenging, but in different ways. Greens can be very, very fast but roll pure. False fronts, multi-tiered greens, steep-faced bunkers and elevation changes on your approach shots make scoring tough. And there are no easy two-putts to be had. Anywhere. Bayonet plays tight off the tee. Blackhorse is a little more open off the tee, but wind becomes more of a factor. Routing ensures that you will have to contend with the wind from all angles during the round.

Both courses play around 6,600 yards from the blue tees. And can feel longer (especially on windy days.) Tips are 7,000+ but really should be left for competitive players and scratch/plus handicaps.

Great range and practice facility.

Restaurant/bar is decent (great view) but there''s not much to it. No white tablecloth dining. No spa. No country club amenities. This place is about world-class quality golf and nothing else. And that's awesome.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"True green"


tehfengfang's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

For the first time, I am playing so called poor man's Pebble Beach. Well, the truth is far from it. The course is in such minty condition. Its neither poor nor easy.

Green breaks true just as it supposed to be, fairway is in great shape if you hit it, the ball runs a mile and half, need to avoid landing on the wrong side of the green and false front, I have learned my lessons the hard way. Shot 43 in the front and 50 on the back. Can't really complain.

After all, its a great course to play. BTW, if you volunteer for the PGA championship which is in June this year, you will get a free round.

And the staff is very courteous and professional. I will give it two thumbs up and will play this course any given time in the future even though its a 146 miles round trip.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



CodyCriswell's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Pebble Beach rival"


bunzzee's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2018
Previously played Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is always in pristine condition..not a blade of grass out of place..both of these courses are as good as Pebble..at 1/10th the cost...the staff understands customer service..and they are good at it..the crew on the course keeps the bunkers in great shape...fairways are very tight..rough is minimal..the greens will be what gets you...hard and fast...I always enjoy myself at this course..thanks


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Del2109422's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great experience"


u000001099888's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What a beautiful course. Sweeping views of Monterey Bay plus a great layout and conditions. The greens will challenge the best of golfers. Fast and undulating. Forgiving fairways, and tough approach shots that require course knowledge. I was fortunate to play with some locals who provided much needed advise. Love this track.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Tough but fair"


John9862163's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2018
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Reviewed on

Bayonet is lined with tall cypress trees on many fairways so accuracy is a premium, play the proper tees for your game. Greens were firm and fast with subtle breaks, and nowhere near as severely sloping as the greens on Black House, the easier course off the tee. One warning: the practice bunker has very little sand in it and was nothing like the bunkers on the course which were fluffy. Two very enjoyable tracks in a beautiful setting with no houses to deal with.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Slow play"


Hosterman's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2018
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Pace of play was atrocious. Took over 5 hours. No marshalls on the course to monitor the course of play. I still have a headache.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Great Saturday Round"


akjell's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/10/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played here for the first time after playing Bayonet the week before. Liked it a lot better than Black Horse. Got out at 7:20am and the course couldn’t be better. Greens and bunkers were perfect and the course played tough. Had a wonderful time.

As some advice, get there early as the pro shop back up looks like Highway 101 on a Monday morning. And beware of the starter with white hair and aviator glasses. If your not at his hut 5-10 minutes before your tee time, he will let you know it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"???!"


Rodney2605483's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/27/2018
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Reviewed on

Sat was busy could use a few more Marshall’s and a driving range with more than 8 stations


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fantastic"


sblaziek's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/26/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fantastic is a perfect one-word description for this place. Love it. Never played here before, but had heard good things about it. It lived up to my expectations. Beautiful course with beautiful views. Don’t miss!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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