BlackHorse at Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course

4.5443705882 4.5 stars from 5 (483)
  • 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 4.5 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: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 483 Reviews
5 stars:
318
4 stars:
132
3 stars:
18
2 stars:
9
1 stars:
6

recommend this course

463 out of 482 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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"Cart Path Only"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

No one informed us that it was cart path only in May and June. A tournament was coming soon and they were preserving the course. Would have been nice to have known before driving 1.5 hours to get there. The course was empty. Everyone else must have known.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Great course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played this course a few days prior to a big tournament. Staying in the fairways was a must if you planned to score well. The course over all was well groomed. The greens were very good. I’d definitely recommend this course be put on your list of courses to play when visiting the peninsula


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"I sucked.."


uROXW6736RO's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2018
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Reviewed on

I stunk up the place so bad my Foursome was ready to send me packing. Kidding aside, I love the course. Better have your A-game. I just haven't played that bad in months.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great course"


Janetyarrington's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had a lovely day out on this course. It is in excellent condition as there is a PGA completion coming up. However this made for a slower than usual game as carts were only allowed on the cart track. I think it would almost have been easier to walk the course. The greens are very challenging.


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


"Prior to PGA TourPro event"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is not an easy course, it has sand traps I end up in often (good practice) Some with good sand others not. The course is being prepared for an up coming PGA TourPro Championship so it was cart path only. We did not expect that and the greens had quite a bit of extra sand in preparation for the event. Kinda wish that was disclosed in the app. We have played this course probably 6 other times so we know how challaging it is. Bay winds are usually present we tee'd off a twilight tee time so be sure to bring a jacket for the last few holes.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Astacey's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Must Be This Tall to Ride this Ride"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2018
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Reviewed on

Played Black Horse as it was prepared for the upcoming PGA tournament. Excellent shape but playing very tough. Greens are hard and fast. The false fronts are no joke. Lots of fun if you can laugh and not get frustrated.


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


"Outstanding course and terrific day."


Matthew2496327's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
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As always, fantastic day on Black Horse. Course is in fantastic shape - getting ready for the PGA Professional Championship.

Greens firm and fast, rough ‘healthy’, lies pristine.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Never sorry I cane"


Mark4857557's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2018
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Reviewed on

Live around hour away and wish others in my group lived as close to frequent this gem. Lovexthe cool breeze from the inland heat. Always liked the greens with the subtle break and for $60 tops!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Course in bad shape"


u000002486784's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Sand in bunkers was minimal. Fairways chewed up. Cart path only rule was a joke for this course.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Bill Kane . Ireland"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was fantastic and staff we're brilliant would recommend this course and value for money .


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


"Perfect"


jwbrink's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The golf course was in perfect shape. As good as it gets for the value!


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


"Not the usual Blackhorse"


u000004394450's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is one of my 10 favorite courses in California,but this last visit wasn't the regular Blackhorse.Not sure why but a lot of dead areas on the grass,you couldn't drive on the course as they have a tournament coming up in a month.Lots of dead tree branches laying around everywhere,still had a fun round just not the top notch round I grown used to when I golf here.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u000007561467's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2018
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Reviewed on


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




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Always a great day of golf"


Kdettner107's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2018
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Reviewed on

Black Horse is always a great place to play.

Tough greens and great views and challenging holes. Today some of the fairways were a little beat up and many had some kind of repair going on.

Still one of my favorites and I will be back


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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



Alejandro3651497's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2018
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Reviewed on


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


"A must play in Monterey!"


u000006794743's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I thoroughly enjoyed my round of golf at Blackhorse. If you are in the Monterey area, you need to come play this course. The pro staff was very cordial and accommodating. This course offer a variety of different tee boxes/distances to play from. The handicap rating for some of the holes had me scratching my head though. The course set up had the blue markers playing up, and after playing, I would choose the black tees. I felt the course plays shorter than the 7,000 yards from the black tees. The course condition was perfect and the greens were rolling perfectly. Lots of variety of holes and very challenging Par 3's. I look forward to my next time coming back to play Blackhorse and will play Bayonet as well.


Pace of Play: Good

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



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