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4.4
943 Reviews (943)
5 Stars
570
4 Stars
294
3 Stars
56
2 Stars
15
1 Stars
8
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.1
94.1%
Recommend this course
892 out of 943 reviews
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4.3
137 Reviews (137)
5 Stars
67
4 Stars
53
3 Stars
14
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.2
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.5
92.7%
Recommend this course
127 out of 137 reviews
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4.5
244 Reviews (244)
5 Stars
138
4 Stars
86
3 Stars
17
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
94.7%
Recommend this course
231 out of 244 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
943 Reviews (943)

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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4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
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5.0
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Previously Played

Great Course

The course was in excellent shape on a beautiful sunny day. The greens were rolling true and quick and a test of skill to navigate the the undulating surfaces.
A pre-round meal was served by a friendly and efficient server. The food quite tasty and reasonably priced. Pace of play was excellent as we finished 18 holes in just over three and a half hours.
Definitely recommend this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 11
Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
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4.0
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Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great 36 holes!

Great price for 2 exceptional 18 hole courses, we did all 36 and it was great!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Bayonet

Very slow greens. Course very rough including the rough was very long, one 9 almost unplayable. Staff maintenance cutting grass throughout the round including we started at 11:10 am.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Fall golf on the coast

Love both these courses. Bayonet is my favorite but had a NCAA tournament that day. Greens are very firm but fast and smooth. If you shoot your handicap here your playing well.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

The kindness of the staff to Anthony the bartender makes this a environment you want to come back again and again. There was a big tournament on the day I played and still I was treated like I was very important to them . I'm sitting hear writing this and I'm ready to go back again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Tough Layout, Firm and Fast Greens

The layout of Black Horse is challenging to anyone who normally plays flatter, parkland courses (uphill, sidehill lies). And, the greens were extremely firm and fast, making this a challenging round. Pace of Play was great (we teed off 1/2 hour after a PGA professional qualifying tournament), which might account for that day's tough pin placements and green speeds.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Reviews 18
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
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

Really enjoyed this course. Great views. Greens are super fast. Would definitely play again on a return trip.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 12
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 Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course condition

Greens were good better than poppy hills flawless.
Fairways were hammered you need to bump the ball. At least they were cut down
Driving range petty torn up but good flags to aim at
Just a warm up anyway.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 71
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
California Advisor
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Bunkers Are Hazards Next To Geeens

I forgot to mention how good the greens are. Mind boggling. Sand traps near greens are suspect. Which is why good greens need good bunkers . Hazardous indeed.
Bayonet had better sand for what it’s worth.

Black horse sand near 12 and 14 green are horrendous.

For what it’s worth , that’s why I wrote another review. It deserves at least that. Solid test of golf and the game.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 71
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
California Advisor
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Better dirt from gofer holes than rocks in bunkers

Rock hard bunkers with thousands of rocks in them. The gofer dirt is pure compared to the bunkers. Gofer dirt better. Wow.

Wet everywhere also. Dunno why as it should be fast and firm and It’s not. Really the bunkers are that bad? Rio vista has better sand. How is that possible.
So many better options on the peninsula that care for their course better. The greens keeper should be ashamed as should the host course.
Oh, cart died on me too. I guess they didn’t see the battery light flashing . Horrible experience .
Armor all all over my hands as well when they did bring a cart out I had to wet my hands and dry then every shot to get it off.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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