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Black Horse golf course - Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 1
Bunkers protect the first green on the Black Horse Course at Bayonet/Black Horse. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Black Horse golf course - Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 15
The 15th hole on the Black Horse Course at Bayonet/Black Horse provides the best view of the Monterey Bay on the property. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Black Horse golf course - Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 2
At 247 yards, the second hole is the longest par 3 on the Black Horse Course at Bayonet/Black Horse in Seaside, California. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Black Horse golf course - Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 5
Bunkers and trees frame the par-3 fifth green on the Black Horse Course at Bayonet/Black Horse in Seaside, Calif. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Black Horse golf course - Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 6
A tree and bunkers block anyone trying to drive the 265-yard sixth hole on the Black Horse Course at Bayonet/Black Horse. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Black Horse golf course - Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 7
A golfer chips onto the seventh green on the Black Horse Course at Bayonet/Black Horse in Seaside, California. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Black Horse golf course - Bayonet/Black Horse
The Black Horse Course at Bayonet/Black Horse offers more glimpses of the Monterey Bay than its sister golf course. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Black Horse golf course - Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 9
A female golfer tees off on the ninth hole of the Black Horse Course at the Bayonet/Black Horse in Seaside, Calif. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Black Horse golf course - Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 10
Four jagged-edge bunkers guard the 10th hole on the Black Horse Course at Bayonet/Black Horse. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Black Horse golf course - Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 11
The 11th hole on the Black Horse Course at Bayonet/Black Horse features plenty of bunkers. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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The trees aren't as prominent on the Black Horse Course at Bayonet/Black Horse, giving the course a more wide-open feel. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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It's a tough, uphill slog on the par-4 14th hole of the Black Horse Course at Bayonet/Black Horse in Seaside, California. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Black Horse golf course - Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 16
Long hitters can attempt to go at the 326-yard 16th hole of the Black Horse Course at Bayonet/Black Horse. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Black Horse golf course - Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 17
The par-3 17th hole of the Black Horse Course at Bayonet/Black Horse isn't too difficult. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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A look from the 18th tee of the Black Horse Course at Bayonet/Black Horse doesn't reveal the green on a 605-yard par 5. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

Seaside splendor: Enjoy the ride on the Black Horse at Bayonet/Black Horse on California's Monterey Peninsula

SEASIDE, Calif. -- The Black Horse Course offers a slightly different feel and personality than the more celebrated Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse on the Monterey Peninsula. The 7,024-yard course -- one of the old Fort Ord military courses redesigned by Gene Bates in 2008 -- is slightly shorter, slightly easier and slightly more scenic than Bayonet.

Many of its holes sit on higher ground with fewer Monterey Pines to block the beautiful blue glimpses of the Monterey Bay. The elevated tee of the new par-3 15th hole provides a view as pretty as there is on the property.

Black Horse's bite comes from greens with more slope and bunkers with more jagged edges than Bayonet. There are two potentially drivable par 4s from the blue tees -- the uphill 265-yard sixth hole and the uphill 308-yard 16th hole.

Not everybody thinks it's a secondary option. It's often described as more playable and fun than the tight and demanding Bayonet Course . Golf Advisor user Tourpro1 gave Black Horse five stars in his review , writing the headline "Little brother beats big brother." He added: "Bayonet has always held the top spot of this two course complex. After playing, however, I must say I like this one better. Shot selection is more varied, condition was better and greens were more challenging."

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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