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4.3
1046 Reviews (1046)
5 Stars
619
4 Stars
329
3 Stars
68
2 Stars
20
1 Stars
10
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.1
90.7%
Recommend this course
981 out of 1046 reviews
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Average Rating
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4.0
43 Reviews (43)
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
17
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.7
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.5
79.1%
Recommend this course
34 out of 43 reviews
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4.2
113 Reviews (113)
5 Stars
53
4 Stars
40
3 Stars
13
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.0
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.5
87.6%
Recommend this course
99 out of 113 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

4.3
1046 Reviews (1046)

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 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

Black Horse

I believe Troon is working to improve Black Horse. The fairways and greens were in good condition. Some tees were excellent and others need some over seeding. The sand traps need to be refreshed as they were generally hard and inconsistent. The course is challenging and even the short par 4’s are not as easy as they appear from the tee. The greens have significantly undulation and can be very fast when dry. Black Horse is more wide open than Bayonet but you can still get into trouble that will cost you a stroke or two after a mis-hit.

Conditions Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 28
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun track, but bunkers are GARBAGE

I have played this course a number of times. It’s a fun track with very challenging greens. But the bunkers are simply unplayable at this time. It’s like hitting off a mortar bed. They need to be reconditioned and until then, marked as ground under repair.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Black Horse

Greta value, love the layout, tricky greens.
beautiful views, i cant wait to go back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 27
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Good Course, Great Staff and Practice Facility

Played the Whites and had a good round. Lots of challenge from very good Layout (and conditions). Staff were great. Would definitely play here again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
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 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Blackhorse on Wednesday

Great experience on o beautiful day!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

What a great day @ THE BLACK HORSE!!

Always fun and beautiful!!! Not too many birdies yet really fun and excellent conditions!! Love to come and play here with beautiful ocean views!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Black Horse

Love this course - NCGA rate is unbeatable!! Sad to see all the new construction of homes along the golf course😳. (Doesn’t seem to be kept up like it used to be-I’m a 25 year black horse player)

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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 Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course in Poor Shape

Greens are good, but fairways are bare spots and grass clumps. Not what you expect for the price.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Building houses !! Ugly !!!

This great course is now going to be full of housing !!! Tearing down trees !!! We won’t be playing here again !!!

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bayonet was better than Black Horse

New home construction all over the courses made it annoying, but the fairway and green conditions of Black Horse were uncommonly poor. Staff, clubhouse, pro shop, and restaurant were good - but Black Horse course conditions we’re definitely below acceptable and a shame.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

My Favorite Place

Love both golf courses, travel here to play twice a year. Course set up and condition are excellent. Only downer was the construction of new homes on the course, but no place is safe these days. A MUST PLAY if you are in the area.....

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
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 Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This course is the best value for the money on the Monterrey Peninsula. It is challenging without being too difficult and it will require shots from every club in your bag. The elevation changes are challenging and the views can be spectacular.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 26
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fantastic views. Great layout. But its had better conditions.

Good course to play . My negative review would be of the fairways. Grass was blotchy, maybe a disease? And the roots had no strength. Everyone in our group had a difficult time hitting the ball without tearing out a divot that would allow your club head to go right under the ball. So lots of flop shots. Lots of divots to fill in. We played 6 rounds at different courses (vacation) so it wasn’t our lack of skill, it’s just that fairways were to soft or mushy or weak roots.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Disappointed

Slow play with the marshal doing NOTHING to speed up play. Fairways patchy and greens bumpy.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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