Bayonet GC: View from #18
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4.2
1231 Reviews (1231)
5 Stars
717
4 Stars
375
3 Stars
95
2 Stars
23
1 Stars
21
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.1
86.4%
Recommend this course
1141 out of 1231 reviews
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3.9
80 Reviews (80)
5 Stars
27
4 Stars
28
3 Stars
16
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.8
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.5
75.0%
Recommend this course
60 out of 80 reviews
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4.1
190 Reviews (190)
5 Stars
78
4 Stars
68
3 Stars
31
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
7
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.0
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.5
82.1%
Recommend this course
156 out of 190 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

4.2
1231 Reviews (1231)

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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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Bucketlist type course.....for $53 worth every penny

Make the effort to play here. One of the top 3 courses I have played in my life. I've played Congressional and Torrey Pines, this is in that category. Move up one set of tees or get embarrassed. Very long and very difficult. Staff would not let us tee off at 1130 or 1140, "since we were on a twilight rate." That that was foolish. We teed off on time at 1210, as a twosome, which meant we waited a lot. Still played in 4 1/4 hours.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

Not Troon Ready

I've played many Troon managed courses. This is NOT up to Troon's standard.

Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The course has gone down hill

The fairways and tee boxes are in terrible condition and the greens are super inconsistent. Some of them would be super fast and then others would be super slow. I’m not too sure what happened to their course within the past year but it’s not even fun to play anymore. It could be because of all of the homes that they are building on there course but I’m highly disappointed in paying all that money to play a course that was in such terrible condition. I definitely will not be playing this course ever again!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fairways were bare

Bunkers were rock hard. Haven’t seen a rake in awhile

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bayonet Golf Course

The golf course at Bayonet/BlackHorse are really excellent layouts and I really playing there. In fact I am playing on 6/1/2022. Thank you to a wonderful staff.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Course is in great shape. Greens are smooth, could be faster but good condition overall
Food service was not great but course is worth playing

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

GCSAA187

Bayonet used to be a course worth playing. The prestige and history of this once great facility was worthy of the praise and acclaim it received as it should. People are still flying in from Asia for the weekend to play here and at some of the other great courses in the Monterey area as they should the layout and playability is among the best in all of California. Unfortunately to find it in this condition should be very unsettling. What happened to the beautiful white sand bunkers, impeccably manicured and kept greens, lush fairways. For the weekend rate the current conditions are just unexceptionable there is currently no putting green to use, the driving was open but with a club demo day being held with limited stalls to hit from. I had was a foursome with 3 first time visitors and we showed up 1 hour early and had to wait for people hitting balls that were not even playing that day. The pictures used to “lure” us in are from years ago and just after it rained in spring nothing like what the course actually looks like today. The names associated with this once amazing work of art should be ashamed.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
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 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun time, great conditions

Before I thought that the greens were cut too short—which they were. This time is was much better. Every facet of the course is at least “good”. Carts are great, staff is informative and friendly. One of my favorite cheaper Monterey courses to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Bayonet

The greens were freshly aerated and some of the fairways were punched, making the round a little difficult. And most of bunkers were like hitting off concrete. Still had fun, but a little expensive considering the conditions.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 145
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course for good money but....

Had a day off on our Road Trip and spontaniously played Bayonet. Course was in very good condition an pace of play was good (3 1/2 hours in a twosome with buggy but behind a foursome) and the layout is very nice. Some very challanging holes (played from the back tees) and some risk an reward ones.
Only downer was the price for rental clubs. I was shocked by that. Charged 75$ per set and it was all Callaway but with mixed shafts. Some stiff, some regular one even A. That was nearly the same amount as the greenfee including buggy, so way out of line. That is why the overall rating is not 5 stars. So, if you have your own clubs, great course to play, if you are on vacation without your clubs, then think twice.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice Course, well worth the money

Overall everything was great, only down side was the rental clubs. They were ok, but 75$ for one set is quite heavy…

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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