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3 Stars
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2 Stars
13
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.1
92.7%
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4.5
115 Reviews (115)
5 Stars
72
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
95.7%
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4.5
169 Reviews (169)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
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StaffFriendliness
4.5
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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 Bentgrass
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
755 Reviews (755)

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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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Bring your best short game

Excellent staff offering friendly service everywhere. Fast and undulating greens, together with well-bunkered, humpy, green complexes, make a good short game critical to scoring well. Conditions of greens were great, tees above average, but fairways and rough, nor so good. Looking a little worn - even for mid-January.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

One of my favorites

I've played this course many times and always enjoy it. I'd say it is in one of my top 10 that I typically play.
Always in good condition with great practice area and friendly staff. A good value and experience for the Monterey area.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Great Track

Wonderful design and challenging greens. Views are awesome,
Staff is top notch.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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 Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bayonet/ BlackHorse

Always a great time playing here! One of the most challenging courses in the Bay Area!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 46
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Reviews 1
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Conditions for January

Played new years day and there were a couple of muddy spots and/or maintenance areas but for golf in January this course was in great condition. I highly recommend both Bayonet and Black Horse if you get the chance.

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

Great course!

This is how a golf course should be maintain. Greens were fast but fair, really really good condition for tees, fairways and bunkers

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

First ever Eagle!

Having an early tee time in December, it was very cold to start. The "Hot Deal" included free range balls so that helped to get a little warmed up before the first hole. Thankfully, the weather warmed up by about hole 4 and was perfect the rest of the way!

The greens were about challenging with some of the slopes. The ball could easily roll off on a few of them depending where you hit, but I like that challenge.

The day was made perfect though on hole 14 after I hit my tee shot that went right of the fairway and was in a some sand/dirt area about 150 yards from the green. I hit a 7 iron and nailed it to card a 2 and my first ever Eagle! I look forward to playing here in the future. There wasn't any aspect of the course and staff that I wouldnt give a 10/10.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Challenging course with fast, elevated greens with multiple levels. Pin positions were such that a small miss ran off the greens by 10+ feet.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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 Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

KEEP GREENS FAST AND FIRM

Toughest greens in Northern California. Love testing my game here. Greens almost always at tournament speed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Incredible as always

First time I played early (8:20 tee off)not a real fan of wet grass.Also never realized how much the sun is in your eyes but see know why people do it,our round just over 3 hrs and after first two holes sun was high enough it wasn't an issue.Greens were fast like always and why I come to this course but I see many reveiws cursing that which I don't understand at all.Is it challenging?absolutely and thats why we play here.If you want something not quite as hard play Bayonet,its slightly longer but not near brutal on the greens or bunkers.For people who don't enjoy something that takes all you got,try quail lodge,carmel valley ranch,laguna seca or Del monte all of which will give you a run but not frustrate you if this is not your cup of Tea.But if you wish to challenge yourself and not whine about it then this is it!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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