BlackHorse at Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course

4.5707971713 4.6 stars from 5 (445)
  • 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: 4.6 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: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 445 Reviews
5 stars:
291
4 stars:
125
3 stars:
18
2 stars:
7
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

428 out of 444 reviews


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

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

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

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
Previously played

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
Previously played

Reviewed on

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

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


"Bayonet"


CroninKe's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/12/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Best combination of quality and value in Northern California. Would play this before any other public course on Monterey penninsula.

Great challenge of golf. Wonderful layout. No two holes alike. Narrow but not too tight. Can play tougher and longer with afternoon winds.

Make sure to stop and take in the views. The military knew how to build golf courses.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


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

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


"???!"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/27/2018
Previously played

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



338EAZ's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/26/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"But for..."


holmes2212's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

Blackhorse was a pleasure to play and the staff was super friendly.

The only complaint (and this goes back over 50 yrs. when run by the Army) is not allowing fivesomes.

Noone has ever made a coherent argument for not allowing 5-somes. Blaming them for slow play is vacuous. If the slow player in a foursome plays slowly, do others blame foursomes? No, they blame the slow player. Owners, please wake up and realize a 25% increase in revenue with the same amount of tee times.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Best value in the Bay Area"


Rodger12's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/22/2018
Previously played Used cart

Reviewed on

these course Baynonet/Blackhorse are a must play if you are visiting the Monterey Bay Area.

The courses are a PGA qualifier making it a challenge. The fairways and greens are excellent considering that it is the winter season. Be sure to practice the downhill putts, the practice range needs to do away with the mats


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful and Challenging Afternoon"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/11/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Most fantastic Golf Course with such beautiful setting. Course will give you all the trouble you can stand and then some. What a course for such a fantastic price per round. Waiting for my next outing.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Plan ahead!!"


Jefferson7284535's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/02/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

This course is amazing but you need to plan ahead if it will be your first time on black horse. My suggestion is to come to the course a day in advance and bring the greens keepers gifts!! Beg them to put the pins away from the ridges. This time at black horse all the pins were put on crests and unplayable. The other 3 people in my group and myself, had blowup holes on approach’s that landed on the green within 10’ of the flag and rolled off into collection areas that were so abused they made chipping back up impossible. Horribly placed flags but the rest of the course is amazing.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Awesome"


u000008121528's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/30/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

This was my first time playing at black horse. Let me tell you this was an awesome golf coarse in general but for 55 dollars it’s amazing coarse. Everything was in excellent condition. The greens I found to be the most difficult I have ever played. Most have 3 putted five time but still enjoyed the challenge. This is a must play if your in the area. Not to mention the views are extraordinary.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Difficult greens"


u252619565's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/26/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Played Blackhorse for the first time. It is a great course with nice layout. Greens were extremely fast and very challenging. A downhill putt with a little too much speed can end up 30 feet off the green.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Pick your poison"


Jefferson7284535's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/21/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

These 2 courses give you the opportunity to pick your poison. Black horse is wide open off the tee and has impossible greens or bayonet has tighter tee shots required but you’ll make the strokes up on the greens.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Awesome for he money!"


Nathan2340436's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/15/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great course for the money! Pack food with you if you want a meal at the turn as the course doesn’t go back to the clubhouse and the cart girl just has bars and maybe a sandwich. When we went the greens were probably a little faster than normal which definitely added a few strokes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



JoStaff's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/26/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Poorly run"


ricklitle's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Showed up only to find out they had tournaments on both courses, took 2:45 to play front 9, waited up to 15 minutes between shots. Got to the 10th, group on on the green, one in the fairway, one on the tee and one group waiting. Asst. Mngr., Mike, offered to credit us 9 holes and come back... really... I live an hour plus from this place. Disappointed every time I play here so I'm done with B&B. too many nice course to play other than this


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Greens in Remarkable Condition"


u000006399628's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/01/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I've played this course a few times, but never seen it this good. It was a beautiful clear day, which made it possible to see all the way to Cannery Row and beyond. The greens were absolutely immaculate, hard and fast! Lots of undulation in the greens as well with tough pin locations. Better leave the ball in the right spot or very easy to three putt. The fairways were also in excellent condition, but some of the tee boxes were a little beat up... not complaining! The grounds crew was hard at work cleaning up a extraneous brush and it showed. The course was wide open, never waited. $59 is a great value If you can get out there during the week.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



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