Bayonet & Black Horse (Black Horse course)

4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   Bayonet & Black Horse (Black Horse course) Est. 1964

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Bayonet & Black Horse (Black Horse course): Laid out in the bounds of a former military base (see Did You Know below), both the Bayonet and Black Horse courses were originally designed by US Army Generals. Now open to the public, both are undergoing a dramatic transformation with the addition of stunning new bunkering, and in the case of Black Horse, considerable re-routing as well. Distinctively different than its previous design, Black Horse has been transformed from a series of tightly tree-lined holes into a more open, flowing and at times links-like environment. The nicely undulating layout provides many wonderful views onto Monterey Bay from its higher elevations - and that's the only water you'll be seeing. Like its companion course (the Bayonet), this is a course without water hazards - but don't think that will guarantee a low score. The new, rough-edged bunkering is not just visually striking, but is plentiful and strategically positioned to pose a real threat whatever your skill level. Good width, tumbling fairways, lead you towards the roller-coaster slopes that characterise many of the greens - getting down in two will often take great skill and much reconnaissance. Among many handsome, testing and heavily bunkered holes, the star is possibly the long, downhill par-3 15th, a brute if played into the wind, but also offering the best views onto Monterey Bay. The short par-4 16th, also littered with bunkers, is another gem, played to an unusually flattish green.

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Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Courses
1 McClure Way,
Seaside, California 93955
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Office   +1 (831) 393 3006
Pro Shop   +1 (831) 899 7271

  +1 (831) 899 7169

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Golf Pro
Pat Jones (Head Golf Professional)
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Open parkland.
Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Woodland; a few residential properties are planned.
Designer: Original design by US Army General Bob McClure & General Karnes. Significantly upgraded, re-routed and re-bunkered by Gene Bates (2008/09).
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7024 5910 5084
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 73.7 69.2 69.4
At the Same Location:
18-hole par-72 Bayonet course (7104 yds from back tees).
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How2Get There?

8 miles NE of Carmel-By-The-Sea / 4 miles NE of Monterey
Heading north on Hwy 1 (Cabrillo Highway) just north of Monterey, take exit 404 (Del Monte Blvd). At traffic lights go straight over and follow Monterey Road bearing left (towards Seaside College). After o.5 mile turn right into Coe Avenue. After 1.5 miles turn left into Gen Jim Moore Blvd. After o.4 miles turn left into McClure Way and Bayonet / Black Horse golf courses.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee, 18-holes: weekdays $100; weekends $120. Reduced afternoon (from 2pm), twilight (from 4pm), senior and junior rates. [Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance.
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Other Information
Non-metal spikes appreciated. Walking permitted. Golf carts available to rent.

Practice facilities
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Did you know?

Originally opened in 1964, the Black Horse golf course was inspired and created by General Robert B. McClure. The course is located on part of what was once the Fort Ord US Army base, and is named after the 11th Cavalry Regiment (known as the “Black Horse”) that was then stationed nearby at The Presidio of Monterey. Fort Ord was a military base from 1917 until its closure in 1994, and was understandably one of the most attractive locations of any U.S. Army post. The Fort was named in honour of Major General Edward Ord, a Union Army leader during the American Civil War. >> A luxury Fairmont hotel is scheduled to open at Bayonet & Black Horse in 2010.

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Latitude: (36.630108)
Longitude: (-121.820620)
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Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort & Spa 
1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey, CA 93940
+1 (831) 372 1234

Located alongside Pebble Beach Company's championship Del Monte Golf Course, this Hyatt Regency resort hotel has benefited from a recent multi-million dollar refurbishment.

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Golf within 5 miles Bayonet; Black Horse; Pacific Grove; Poppy Hills; Links at Spanish Bay.
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Golf within 20 miles Pebble Beach; Cypress Point; Monterey Peninsula; Spyglass Hill; Quail Lodge; Carmel Valley Ranch; The Preserve.
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Best Western Beach Resort Monterey 
2600 Sand Dunes Drive, Monterey, CA 93940
+1 (831) 394 3321

Best Western Beach Resort Monterey offers oceanfront views and direct access to the beach. This luxury hotel has 196 rooms and is the only hotel located directly on Del Monte Beach. Rooms either have expansive views of Monterey Bay or quiet non-ocean side rooms overlook colourful courtyards.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Pacific Grove; Del Monte; Bayonet; Black Horse; Links at Spanish Bay; Monterey Peninsula; Spyglass Hill; Poppy Hills.
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Golf within 20 miles Pebble Beach; Cypress Point; Quail Lodge; The Preserve; Carmel Valley Ranch.
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