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4.4
1016 Reviews (1016)
5 Stars
609
4 Stars
318
3 Stars
63
2 Stars
17
1 Stars
9
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.1
93.3%
Recommend this course
958 out of 1016 reviews
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Average Rating
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4.3
61 Reviews (61)
5 Stars
30
4 Stars
21
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.5
88.5%
Recommend this course
54 out of 61 reviews
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Avg Rating
4.3
182 Reviews (182)
5 Stars
90
4 Stars
65
3 Stars
21
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.2
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.5
90.7%
Recommend this course
165 out of 182 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7024 yards
Slope 136
Rating 73.7

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.

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Course Details

Year Built 1964
Greens Jacklin T1 Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Gene Bates (2008) Chris Gray (1998)

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

4.4
1016 Reviews (1016)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 69
19th Hole Scenic Views 43
Patio Dining 38
Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 105
Bunkers 99
Elevation Changes 76
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 95
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 70
A Weekend Splurge 58
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 84
Convenient to the City 57
Near Local Attractions 54

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Reviews 1
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great people, disappointing conditions

The black horse course was in rough shape. It’s got the potential to be great; however, the condition the course was in was subpar. The fairways and the greens were patchy. Some areas were missing grass altogether. It was not worth the full value they charged. On the upside, the staff was super friendly and they had a nice pro shop.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent Course

Played this course with my brother and cousins. Great course to play with awesome views. Greens were very well taken care of. Highly recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

No Food

My friends and I love the course and staff are great, but the kitchen is always closed when we finish so we have to go elsewhere for food and drinks.

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

Good layout. Tough greens

Good course with some nice views. Really challenging greens so get good at reading.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Give It Time

Magnificent greens are a thing of the past. They are playable but were the best ever back in 2000 to 2009. They have slowly deteriorated since then. The fairways as well need attention. Great food, great staff and maintenance crew. The science of maintaining the greens are gone here.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Tough but enjoyable

Nice tract - elevation changes so tough to walk but good workout. Good condition - greens hard and not receptive to long approaches - must miss in right spot - challenging undulations on greens. Good Luck

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good Challenge

Lucky we had rain a few days before to soften the greens. Course was in good condition, but the greens we are little thin. We were told new management company just took it over. Will play again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 102
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
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San Francisco Advisor
Previously Played

Average conditions at premium price

I love the layout of Blackhorse. Always have and always will. In fact it used to be my home course. Sadly conditions are starting to slip a bit, yet prices are going up. They are charging premium prices for average conditions. Something needs to change. 3 of the greens were heavily diseased and had dirt areas. Bunkers had thin amount of sand, fairways have thin spots. This is prime spring golf time. Conditions should be better.

For the mid week price the course is worth it but for the much higher weekend prices , I’d skip it

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Great course-hadn't played it in a few years but it's as good as ever. It's a challenging track-especially in the wind-so bring your A game.
Nice views of the ocean on a few holes which add to the experience

Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Not quite up to Par

We have played here for years and conditions were not quite a a years past

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Go to place to play when in Monterey. Tough but fun.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course

A great course which challenges you to put your ball in the right spot. Most difficult thing about this course is the greens which have many false fronts and sloping backs/sides. Miss your target or if you're unsure of where to hit the green and good luck as there didn't seem to be many easy up and downs.

Will definitely play this again with a little more on course knowledge on where to hit it.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

It was OK

This is about my 12th time playing and even though the course conditions were good, it was in the poorest shape of all the times I played previously. Our group teed off at 8:20 on a Sunday and finished exactly at 12;20, 4 hours. On hole 6, a short, drivable par 4, the marshal stormed onto the green as we were putting and told us we were too slow because the group on the tee was waiting to drive the green. Our group had words with him and forced us to wait on tee 7 and allow the 4 some to pass. Now, this group was holding us up. Whatever, we got over it after we had a few choice words. The greens were way too dry and were really hard to hold. 3 of us have indexes below 4 and we did not repair a mark on the green all day because none were made,. We will be back though, it is a good course.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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