Bayonet golf course at Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 8
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Bayonet golf course at Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 8
The eighth hole on the Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse plays downhill to a three-tiered green. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bayonet golf course at Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 2
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Bayonet golf course at Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 2
The second hole on the Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse is the no. 1 handicap. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 4
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Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 4
Take enough club to fly the large front bunker on the 201-yard fourth hole of the Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bayonet golf course at Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 5
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Bayonet golf course at Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 5
The par-4 fifth hole on the Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse offers a nice view of Monterey Bay. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse - 6th
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Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse - 6th
The left bunker on the 221-yard sixth hole on the Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse messes with your depth perception because it's actually several yards short of the green. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bayonet golf course at Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 9
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Bayonet golf course at Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 9
There's no tougher challenge than the long, par-4 ninth hole on the Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse in Seaside, California. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bayonet GC at Bayonet/Black Horse - 9th
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Bayonet GC at Bayonet/Black Horse - 9th
Looking down the ninth hole on the Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse shows off the blue waters of the Monterey Bay. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 11
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Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 11
The 11th hole on the Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse doglegs left like so many holes on the property. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Bayonet golf course at Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 12
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Bayonet golf course at Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 12
Some cool trees surround the 12th green of the Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse in Seaside, California. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bayonet golf course at Bayonet/Black Horse - 15th
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Bayonet golf course at Bayonet/Black Horse - 15th
Trees block drives that veer to far left on the par-4 15th hole on the Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse in Seaside, Calif. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 16
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Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 16
The second shot to the 16th green on the Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse climbs uphill. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bayonet G.C. at Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 18
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Bayonet G.C. at Bayonet/Black Horse - hole 18
The 18th hole on the Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse is a risk-reward par 5 that's reachable in two. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
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Bayonet golf course at Bayonet/Black Horse: One tough challenge on California's Monterey Peninsula

SEASIDE, Calif. -- The Bayonet Course at Bayonet/Black Horse will pull on your heart strings with great views of Monterey Bay, then stab you in the heart by burying your scorecard in bogeys.

Bayonet at Bayonet/Black Horse is the biggest bully on the Monterey Peninsula other than the infamous Spyglass Hill Golf Course. When Gene Bates redesigned the old Fort Ord military courses in 2008, he kept the fairways tight at Bayonet, all framed with towering Monterey Pines ready to knock down any tee shot off-line. Big, bold bunkering protects a slew of elevated greens. Holes 11-15 are known as "combat corner," highlighted by a couple of vicious dogleg lefts. Bayonet challenged the best PGA Professionals in the country at the 2012 PGA National Championship and 2015 PGA Senior National Championship.

It's also known as one of the best values in golf's most expensive destination. Golf Channel travel guru Matt Ginella recently named the 7,104-yard course No. 48 on his list of the Top 50 Public Courses in the U.S. (Click here.)

Golf Advisor user Tourpro1 gave it five stars in his review, writing, "On a less than stellar (weather) day, this course played true and fair. Each hole is its own, each shot a challenge. Played from the appropriate tee, this jewel can be enjoyed by all.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed and photographed more than 1,000 courses and written about golf destinations in 20 countries for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfpass and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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