Photo of Bayonet & Black Horse (Black Horse course)

Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Courses

1 McClure Way,

Seaside, California 93955

  • Office

    +1 (831) 393 3006
  • Pro shop

    +1 (831) 899 7271
  • Fax

    +1 (831) 899 7169
  • Golf pro

    Scott Adams (PGA, Head Golf Professional).

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 Edwin Carnes. Significantly upgraded, re-routed and re-bunkered by Gene Bates (2008/09).

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
7024
5910
5084
Par
72
72
72
SSS or slope
73.7
69.2
69.4

At the same location:

Above distances are for the Black Horse course. Also at Bayonet-Black Horse is the 18-hole Bayonet course (par-72; 7104 yds from back tees).

Location

Latitude:

36.627920

Longitude:

-121.822123

How to get 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.

Bayonet & Black Horse (Black Horse course)

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1964

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. Both courses were dramatically upgraded during 2008/09, which added stunning new bunkering to the layouts, and considerable re-routing in the case of Black Horse.

Distinctively different than its previous incarnation, Black Horse was transformed from a series of tightly tree-lined holes into a more open, flowing and at times links-like layout. The nicely undulating terrain provides many wonderful views onto Monterey Bay from its higher elevations - and that's the only water you'll be seeing. Like its stablemate, Black Horse has no water hazards to speak of - 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 require diligent reconnaissance as well as great skill.

Among many handsome, testing and heavily bunkered holes, top honours go to 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 flat green.

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  • Photo of Bayonet & Black Horse (Black Horse course)
  • Photo of Bayonet & Black Horse (Black Horse course)
  • Photo of Bayonet & Black Horse (Black Horse course)
  • Photo of Bayonet & Black Horse (Black Horse course)
  • Photo of Bayonet & Black Horse (Black Horse course)
  • Photo of Bayonet & Black Horse (Black Horse course)
  • Photo of Bayonet & Black Horse (Black Horse course)
  • Photo of Bayonet & Black Horse (Black Horse course)
  • Photo of Bayonet & Black Horse (Black Horse course)
  • Photo of Bayonet & Black Horse (Black Horse course)

Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes at peak times in high season (Bayonet / Black Horse): $79-$159 / $99-$169; dynamic pricing applies. Golf cart included.

Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2024].

Other information

Non-metal spikes appreciated. Walking permitted. Golf carts available to rent.

Practice facilities

Good

Did you know?

Originally opened in 1964, the Black Horse golf course was created as the second 18-hole golf course at the former Fort Ord US army base. The layout was designed by General Edwin Carnes, the commanding officer of the fort from April 1963 until June of 1965. The course is named after the 11th Cavalry Regiment (known as the “Black Horse”), which was 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. Some of the beachside terrain formerly occupied by Fort Ord is now a State Park. The Fort was named in honour of Major General Edward Ord, a Union Army leader during the American Civil War.

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    1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey, CA 93940

    +1 (831) 372 1234

    Visit website

    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.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Del Monte

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Bayonet; Black Horse; Pacific Grove; Poppy Hills; Links at Spanish Bay.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Pebble Beach; Cypress Point; Monterey Peninsula; Spyglass Hill; Quail Lodge; Carmel Valley Ranch; The Preserve.

  • Best Western Beach Resort Monterey

    2600 Sand Dunes Drive, Monterey, CA 93940

    +1 (831) 394 3321

    Visit website

    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

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Pacific Grove; Del Monte; Bayonet; Black Horse; Links at Spanish Bay; Monterey Peninsula; Spyglass Hill; Poppy Hills.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Pebble Beach; Cypress Point; Quail Lodge; The Preserve; Carmel Valley Ranch.

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