The sensational new era at Black Horse is certain to provide both challenges and inspiration to golfers for generations to come. The golf course has been re-sculpted by award-winning golf course architect Gene Bates, Showcasing Bates’ elegant bunkering and graceful greens, the new Black Horse offers expanded views of the bay. Distinctively different than its previous design, Black Horse has been transformed from a series of tightly tree-lined holes to a more open, flowing and comfortable environment. Moreover, the strategic and visual impact is nonetheless developing into the ideal complement to Bayonet.
The new Black Horse is comprised of new tees, fairways, greens, and bunkering on each hole. Par remains 72 consisting of ten par 4s, four par 3s and four par 5s. It follows much of the original route, but takes several new directions, mostly notably are the 14th (par 4) and 15th (par 3).
No. 14 — Previously the “15 hole” which was called “Cardiac Hill” for its 100-foot climb up to the green – now is far less severe. Pointed east and still uphill, the hole has changed from a slight dog-leg right to a more distinct dog-leg left. Fairway bunkers are on the left and right, with the two-tier green featuring a false front.
No. 15 is an entirely new and repositioned par 3, already noted as being one of the signature holes on the property. Facing the bay with a wide view of the water and city as its backdrop, the hole also will play into a prevailing wind. A series of bunkers protect the right side of the green, with collection areas both left and rear.
Overall, the fairway modifications, route changes, and addition of Bates’ inspired bunkering combine with the removal of the Kikuyu and poa annua grasses in the fairways and greens to produce a substantial improvement to Black Horse’s playing conditions.
With the Kikuyu and poa annua eradication throughout the course, all of the new turf is Jacklin T1 Bentgrass, a type that is superior in density and performance that will allow not only for better roll, but will harmonize with the state-of-the-industry drainage and irrigation systems installed on all 36 holes at Black Horse and Bayonet.
Like its companion course, Black Horse is steeped in golf and military history. Originally opened in 1964, the golf course was created on the site of the former Fort Ord by General Robert B. McClure, who christened it in honor of the 11th Calvary Regiment (nicknamed “Black Horse”) that was then stationed nearby at The Presidio of Monterey.
Always stimulating and in spectacular shape, and with Monterey Bay as its inspiring backdrop, the remodeled Black Horse is ready for the new era to begin.
Course Record: 63
Yardage: 7024 Yards
September 13th, 2012
PGA Tour Qualifying School- Pre-Qualifying
Black Horse, a 7,024-yard, par-72 layout, features sweeping vistas of the Pacific and is highlighted by fescue-framed fairways, bunkers with distinctive, serrated edges and slickly-contoured greens. The par-3 15th, created during the renovation, faces the bay and is sure to emerge as one of the great holes on the Peninsula.
Play this par 5 down the left side the whole way as most of the trouble is right. A layup up the left leaves the best approach to this angled green. A deep collection area awaits any errant shots to the right.
This long par 3 is right in front of you but the green is very deep. Be cautious of the large ridge in the middle of the green, knowing the pin location will work to your advantage.
Think about accuracy here, not length. A tee shot just left of the first fairway bunker is best. The second shot plays a club extra and the green has a false front.
Hit this tee ball directly over the left fairway bunker. The second shot plays downhill, but a ball left past the green leaves a difficult up-and-down.
This par 3 plays downhill, but the prevailing wind means it will play to the yardage. The green is quite deep from front to back and includes a large ridge in the middle, so take note of the pin location.
Some players may have a go at this uphill par 4. If so, this well protected green will leave a challenging up-and-down. A hybrid iron, followed by a short iron may be the prudent play. A true risk-reward par 4.
A downhill, dogleg-right par 4. Any tee shot finding the bunkers along the right leads to a difficult par. If you elect to hit driver, choose your line off the tee wisely. Again, the prudent play may be a hybrid club down the left side.
Hit this tee shot just left of the lone cypress just off the tee. Avoid the bunker on the right and you will be left with a straightforward lay-up over the middle fairway bunker. The green is very deep and narrow.
Longer players can hit it over the bunker on the right, most others should look left. A well-struck tee shot will leave a mid-iron to this elevated green, and allow for one club extra for the change in elevation. Collection areas await short and left.
This big fairway will allow you to swing away. Take it just left of center to have the best approach into the green. The second shot plays downhill and a miss left is much better than right.
Pay attention to the yardage to the fairway bunkers and plan accordingly. A tee shot too far right may leave you blocked by a large cypress. Take an extra club on the approach and any shot short or left is trouble.
A narrow tee shot here is all risk and reward for this short par 5. If you hit driver, the ideal tee shot is a draw that curves into the center of the fairway. Otherwise lay up off the tee and play this as a three shot hole. The approach shot will play into the wind and the green is very shallow.
Step up and make a good swing just left of the cypress trees and just right of the bunker on this long par 4. An approach shot left in the center of the green leaves a simple two-putt par.
Split the fairway bunkers with your driver and take at least one extra club for the uphill second shot. Any shot left slightly short will fall off of a severe false front.
Take plenty of club on this par 3, which usually plays into a strong ocean breeze. There are three distinct parts of the green and the yardage will change significantly depending on the pin location.
A classic risk reward tee shot on this short par 4. A well struck drive down the left will leave a short second shot, but a lay-up over the middle bunker leaves a simple approach into the green. Any approach shot slightly long will funnel back toward the flag.
Take enough club to get to the pin on this uphill par 3. If the pin is in the back, make sure to get it over the big ridge in the front of the green.
A long par 5, this hole typically plays into a strong breeze. A good tee shot should funnel left toward the middle of the fairway. Approach the green from the right for the best angle and most approach shots will kick left. The green is multi-tiered and accuracy is a must.
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Mens 15, Womens 15
Black: 247 Yards
Blue: 214 Yards
White: 183 Yards
Red: 128 Yards
Mens 17, Womens 17
Black: 198 Yards
Blue: 179 Yards
White: 152 Yards
Red: 109 Yards
Mens 16, Womens 18
Black: 224 Yards
Blue: 179 Yards
White: 138 Yards
Red: 96 Yards
Mens 18, Womens 16
Black: 192 Yards
Blue: 166 Yards
White: 156 Yards
Red: 125 Yards
|Youngboon Hicks||2nd||127 Yards||5 Wood||Titleist ProV1x|
|Les Gill||5th||153 Yards||8 Iron||Noodle|
|Josh Klar||15th||179 Yards||6 Iron||Pro V1x|
|Onsun Song||2nd||127 Yards||5 Hy||TP5|
|Timmothy Connor||15th||160 Yards||6 Hy||Callaway Soft|
|Mark Mallin||15th||155 Yards||7 Iron||Bridgestone|
|Uthira Ganaprakasam||2nd||219 Yards||5 Iron||TP5|
|Brian McEldowney||6th (Par 4)||228 Yards||Driver||Pro V1x|
|Jason “JT” Toy||17th||175 Yards||5 Iron||Pro V1|
|Leonard Walker||17th||156 Yards||7 Wood||Callaway|
|Danny Kristianto||15th||87 Yards||SW||Bridgestone|
|Austin Schultz||15th||132 Yards||5 Iron||Sponge Bob|
|Jim Barry||15th||142 Yards||7 Iron||Prov1X|
|Jan Houser||15th||90 Yards||8 Iron||Bridgestone|
|Steven Bobus||5th||136 Yards||8 Iron||Pro V1|
|Michael Luna||17th||166 Yards||8 Iron||Pro V1|
|Tom McCarthy||2nd||183 Yards||5 Wood||Callaway|
|Jason Troshinski||5th||179 Yards||6 Iron||Taylormade TP5|
|Clint Taylor||17th||166 Yards||6 Iron||Pro V1|
|Ron Spolane||17th||156 Yards||7 Wood||Callaway|
|Shane Salmeri||5th||152 Yards||9 Iron||Srixon|
|Randy Will||2nd||183 Yards||5 Wood||Srixon|
|Michael Lye||5th||166 Yards||5 Hybrid||Titleist AVX|
|John S. Rogers||5th||152 Yards||7 Wood||Taylormade|
|Shin O. Pae||5th||109 Yards||8 Iron||Volvik|
|Rob Lindblad||17th||145 Yards||5 Hybrid||Taylor Made Project a|
|Sef Sanatua||2nd||165 Yards||6 Iron||Titleist Pro V1|
|Dick Ely||5th||152 Yards||4 Hybrid||Titleist Pro V1|
|William Putnam||15th||138 Yards||5 Hybrid||Titleist Pro V1x|
|Ron Freeman||5th||155 Yards||7 Iron||Taylor Made Penta|
|Lesley J. Luk||17th||166 Yards||4 Iron||Titleist Pro V1|
|Jason Raper||15th||179 Yards||Hybrid||Titleist Pro V1|
|Ron Holly||5th||179 Yards||4 Hybrid||Callaway Supersoft|
|Harold Millan||15th||138 Yards||5 Iron||Callaway Warbird|
|Jang Badhesha||2nd||183 Yards||6 Hybrid||Titleist Pro V1|
|Geri Holy||2nd||128 Yards||Driver||Precept|
|Mark Gillette||17th||172 Yards||5 Iron||Taylor Made|
|Patrick Lutts||17th||156 Yards||5 Iron||Titleist NXT Tour|
|Brian Impey||5th||131 Yards||PW||Titleist Pro V1x|
|Gene Wright||5th||138 Yards||9 Iron||Titleist Pro V1x|
|Chad Goff||15th||138 Yards||9 Iron||Nike Mojo|
|Keven Lienhard||15th||138 Yards||9 Iron||Bridgestone E6|
|David Hodges||17th||156 Yards||5 Iron||Titleist ProV1x|
|Jim Lampkin||5th||145 Yards||8 Iron||Titleist ProV1|
|Randy Sears||5th||179 Yards||5 Wood||Taylor Made|
|Anthony Henry||17th||192 Yards||3 Iron||Titleist ProV1|
|Steve Coker||17th||166 Yards||2 Hybrid||Titleist|
|Dan O’Neill||17th||156 Yards||6 Iron||Titleist ProV1|
|Kevin Price||15th||224 Yards||4 Hybrid||Titleist ProV1x|
|Don Summers||15th||150 Yards||8 Iron||Titleist ProV1|
|Thomas Kruk||15th||138 Yards||6 Iron||TaylorMade Penta|
|Bennie Buford||15th||138 Yards||7 Iron||Nike 1 Vapor|
|Kemis Williams||15th||138 Yards||8 Iron||Bridgestone B330 RX|
|Steve Kreitzman||17th||156 Yards||5 Iron||Callaway Chrome|
|Kevin Lienhard||15th||138 Yards||9 Iron||Bridgestone E6|
|Steve Poletti||15th||176 Yards||5 Iron||Titleist ProV1x|
|Cynthia Allen||5th||128 Yards||5 Hybrid||Titleist NXT|
|Marilyn Cole||17th||125 Yards||3 Wood||Volvik Crystal|
|Dan O’Neill||17th||156 Yards||4 Hybrid||Tommy Armour|
|Jake DeFrancesco||5th||132 Yards||P Wedge||Srixon|
|Dorothy Donnelly||15th||123 Yards||9 Iron||Bridgestone|
|Cody Himes||15th||179 Yards||6 Iron||Nike One|
|Austin Schultz||15th||132 Yards||5 Iron||Wilson “Sponge Bob”|
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