Bayonet GC: View from #18
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4.3
1166 Reviews (1166)
5 Stars
697
4 Stars
352
3 Stars
80
2 Stars
19
1 Stars
18
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.2
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.2
89.6%
Recommend this course
1093 out of 1166 reviews
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4.2
109 Reviews (109)
5 Stars
50
4 Stars
38
3 Stars
16
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.5
85.3%
Recommend this course
93 out of 109 reviews
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4.3
233 Reviews (233)
5 Stars
122
4 Stars
79
3 Stars
20
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
6
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.2
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
88.8%
Recommend this course
207 out of 233 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7104 yards
Slope 139
Rating 74.8

It was upon this land that General Bob McClure constructed the Bayonet Golf Course in 1954 and, due to Bayonet's initial acclaim, Fort Ord decided to expand the course. In 1964 a second 18-hole championship course named Black Horse was officially opened.

The Bayonet and Black Horse courses are steeped in rich tradition and have played host to PGA Tour greats such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, as well as several U.S. Presidents and foreign dignitaries. After a practice round in 1997, PGA Tour Professional Billy Andrade said, "If they play the U.S. Open here, the scores would be over par. It's tough, but it's fun!" One thing is for certain, the Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses offer golf enthusiasts and history buffs alike, an experience that they are unlikely to forget.

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Course Details

Year Built 1954
Greens Jacklin T1 Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Gene Bates (2008)

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

4.3
1166 Reviews (1166)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 64
Patio Dining 52
19th Hole Scenic Views 47
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 124
Undulating Greens 108
Elevation Changes 92
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 105
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 85
Playing Multiple Courses 69
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 103
Convenient to the City 64
Near Local Attractions 53

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Reviews 20
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great day to play

It was my first time playing there had a blast will be back again, have to play black hours now

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

The old army course changing

So much construction going on. Sadly within one yr, the place will be filled with houses. A slower development would have been easier to get used to. Now homes going up everywhere. Do not like some of the re routing of holes, just for development. Bayonet 11 and 15 were the ones mostly missed. Course shaped improved from a few months ago.

Pace of play crazily slow for a Thursday. One group was so slow! Marshall was nice and responsive in moving folks through that group, though they never should have to. No awareness on their part.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Always a good outing

The course was in very good conditions, even after all the rain in late December. Greens were fast as always, so need to few rounds to get accustom. It is unfortunate that there seems to be housing construction within a few holes and extremely close to a few fairways.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bayonet -Highly Disappointed

Played this course forty years ago-Awesome
Played Jan. 2022 TERRIBLE CONDITION !
What an absolute waste of a great design and location. Who allowed this to happen ???
Fortunately I got a break on green fees through Golf Now. $119 vs $195, if I had paid $195 I may have sued them.
I WARN YOU, don’t play it !
Please get a new owner who can treat this property with some respect.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 26
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course is pure right now

Been playing here for over 10 years, and this is the best condition it’s ever been in.
Greens must have been rolling 11 on the stimp

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Disappointing

While the views were spectacular, the course was engulfed with fungus, and the greens were cut so close that it was as if there was no grass. I guess I had overly high expectations, especially for the price.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens ???

The greens were terrible. They were too firm and very very thin. Much too fast for the undulations

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good, but not great

Played Bayonet and the layout is great. This is a course worth playing and is fair. . Due to the heavy rain in the last few weeks, the fairways were in only fair shape. The greens were good. A little pricey for a Monday morning given the conditioning.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 59
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Noise

I love Black Horse & Bayonet! However, there is a ton of construction on the Bayonet side right now. I don’t expect the quiet tranquility of a pga event, but it is really noisy at Bayonet right now. TONS of construction and cleanup underway. The entire round was filled with construction noise: nail guns, wood saws, hammering; plus the noise of heavy equipment: loud diesel engines and back up whistles sounding. Plus: chain saws cutting trees and mulchers shredding bark. It was like playing right in the middle of a construction site. It took us 4.5 hrs to plat 13 holes. We had to pick up and head out as we had dinner plans after

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Saw a Resting Mountain Lion or Bobcat

Golf was great!! Weather perfect, clear and warmish.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

course eval

Course was very challenging, however the new house construction / building going on around the holes was a bummer. It took away from the beauty of the course, very sad. Front nine hearing saws, nailing, etc was not appealing. Greens were tough, blind second shots and change in elevation a blast.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Not currently worth the cost

Practice Facilities are nice but in fair to moderate condition. Staff & bar/restaurant facilities are very good.
Greens are in rough shape, firm, fast but too many un-true rolls. Tee boxes well laid out but show alot of use and lack of divot repair by players & staff.
Fairways firm and mowed tight, no issues there. Rough is fine even for the average players. Play was slow but not horrible for a Saturday. 4 & 1/2 hour round.
Cannot beat the views just needs some TLC.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bayonet is in poor shape

Played the Bayonet course yesterday. The course is in poor shape - patchy fairways and bouncy hard greens which are not rolling true. They are building houses all over the course and it's a mess with construction debris, noise and equipment all over the place.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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