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4.5
776 Reviews (776)
5 Stars
487
4 Stars
228
3 Stars
41
2 Stars
13
1 Stars
7
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.2
92.9%
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736 out of 776 reviews
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4.6
110 Reviews (110)
5 Stars
73
4 Stars
31
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.5%
Recommend this course
105 out of 110 reviews
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4.5
188 Reviews (188)
5 Stars
110
4 Stars
62
3 Stars
14
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.5
95.2%
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179 out of 188 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 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
776 Reviews (776)

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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Excellent weather
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Little brother beats big brother

Bayonet has always held the top spot of this two course complex. After playing, however, I must say I like this one better. Shot selection is more varied, condition was better and greens were more challenging. In the middle of our year end trip to Monterey I rate this course third, so far, behind only Poppy Hills and Pebble Beach! A wonderful day on the course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
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Conditions Excellent
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Friendliness Excellent
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Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Conditions Good
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Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Lot's of fun

Had a great time playing the course. The tee boxes are in pretty good shape and the fairways pretty green given what I usually have to play on. Views are beautiful. I did not find the greens as difficult as some of the other reviewers but then I can't putt worth a dang anyway and so missing easy putts is just normal for me.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Great venue

This is a great course in every way. The conditions, layout, staff and locale are top notch. We even got a great deal for $70 with cart and range balls which made the round even better. I recommend this place for anyone...

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Lovely Challenge overlooking Monterey Bay

Having played its sister course Bayonet our foursome decided to tackle Black Horse.

The intermittent rain only added to the occasion and made the greens pretty difficult to read as the sun never really came out.

Course was in marvelous condition with many ground staff operating around the holes which is always a good sign.

Teeing off just after 9am our starter suggested we take a golf cart with a window v without which given the drizzle was good advice.

The course plays long and fortunately the driver was on point most of the day - some of the doglegs deserved a well hit 5 iron which rewarded the golfer with a nice approach to the green.

If I had a quibble was some of the greens are on a downward slope which meant even a slight over hit ( or underhit depending where your ball landed) resulted in a 30-40 yard trundle into the rough. This may be an issue for first timers to the course ( like us) but repeat golfers will take this into account.

As we progressed through the course we were rewarded to wonderful views of Monterey Bay as the sea mist and rain started to clear. A well deserved whisky from the cart girl added to the occasion and a nice reward for a well paced well played 18.

In summary we’re returning soon to see if we can exercise some of our demons from the first round!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
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 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course

Great layout, good conditions. The greens are tough, really tough.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bring your short game!

Played blackhorse. Got hot deal so great price. Pace was very good. Course is fun but greens are very tricky and pretty quick. Overall course is in decent shape but a lot of bare lies. Not much if any cushion under the ball. I thought I played decent and could only manage two or three pars for the whole round. I’m about a 14 handicap with a good short game. I found the greens very difficult to putt and so did others In the group.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 89
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
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Previously Played

Fun challenging course

Great layout l, awesome views. Tough greens fairways present right lies.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best golf in Monterey

I just love both courses so much! The greens are fast and excellent. The course is so well taken care of and you can’t beat the views! For the price also!!! What a deal! Thank you for providing such a wonderful place to play golf! Also ate lunch after and the service and food was great!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
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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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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