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4.5
889 Reviews (889)
5 Stars
544
4 Stars
275
3 Stars
50
2 Stars
13
1 Stars
7
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.1
94.5%
Recommend this course
843 out of 889 reviews
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4.5
131 Reviews (131)
5 Stars
72
4 Stars
50
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
95.4%
Recommend this course
125 out of 131 reviews
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4.5
240 Reviews (240)
5 Stars
142
4 Stars
80
3 Stars
18
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
95.4%
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229 out of 240 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

4.5
889 Reviews (889)

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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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Reviews 9
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5.0
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Previously Played

Great course

Great course, I would highly recommend playing either course. It’s unfortunate that they are in the process of building houses in the course and have removed many trees. I was fortunate enough to get great weather, played there last month around the same time of day and the fog was so thick you couldn’t see the pins halfway down some of the fairways

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

I love this place

Course plays long, but is a lot of fun and a great challenge. Some of the fairways need some love, but overall in good condition. They could use some more “cart path only” because there are a lot of tracks in the fairway.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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TimbercreekTom

Classic Monterey——Blackhorse is at least 4 strokes and many problem trees easier than Bayonet——-it also has better views of Monterey Bay

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Fun course

Fun course not maintained as well as it should be for the money . Regular estes are $170 . I wouldn’t pay that.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Previously Played

Black Horse Review

I’ve been playing Black Horse and Bayonet since 1994 and always have liked it. However, yesterday I teed off first with two other gentlemen and we had a real nice time. My overall rating is a little better than I gave Bayonet because the course seemed to be in a little better shape. The greens were not quite as fast as Bayonet, but they were fast, but A nice shot landing slightly short on on the front of the green could still run over that back. It’s unfortunate that these two courses are no longer as beautiful as they once were, I think all the home construction and houses going up and mega tree removal takes away from much of the value overall.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Reviews 13
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fairways in Terrible shape

This course should be better. The fairways barely had any grass (the rough was lush). When you keep the ball in the fairway, you expect you will get a decent lie. Not so. Not sure if they are reseeding the whole course or what but it was worse than most muni courses.

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

Pace of Play was Perfection.

My husband and I were celebrating our Anniversary with a round of golf at Black Horse. We arrived an hour early and were greeted by a friendly starter who invited us to tee off early. We played by ourselves, enjoying the lovely views of Monterey Bay in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 44
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 95
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
San Francisco Advisor
Previously Played

Great layout with tough greens

Greens are firm with multiple undulations making it difficult to stop the ball.

Fairways present tight lies. Fairways also have a lot of brown spots to them which is a sign of the times during this drought.

Course layout is a blast with multiple elevation changes to go along with the views of the Monterey Bay

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Bayonet is a challenging course with beautiful views. It is tree-lined with big beautiful trees. The course is in very good condition. The only small complaint is the tee boxes, but overall, the course is in great shape. It is very challenging, firm fast greens, etc...

Black Horse is a little more wide open, but also quite challenging. Beautiful views. A little more affordable and easier to get on. Tougher course to walk as there are some bigger distances between tee and green.

Both courses are among the best in all of Northern California. Great value, not busy, quick round.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Refund Pilicy

I had a cancellation on Golf Now for a player had a family member suck. I asked and before I finished call customer service at golf now which has no phone number. I rely on the beverage cart girl we teed off at 12:20 pm and at 1:30 pm the girl stated no food and she is done for the day. The golf course was packed with golfers considering a tournament was playing on the Bayonet course. I also found out it’s run by the DOD which as a Veteran there should be a different rate they said no point blank.

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

Great challenging course

Beautiful views, bring your A game and have fun. Bring layers of clothes

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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