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Black Horse

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

Kevin Roy

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.

course layout
Category Par Yardage Rating Slope
Black 72 7024 73.7 136
Blue 72 6533 71.5 131
White 72 5910 68.8 125
Red 72 5084 65.1 116
Hole 1
Hole 1

Description

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.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 5 535 3
Blue 5 508 3
White 5 452 3
Red 5 410 5
Hole 2

Description

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.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 3 247 15
Blue 3 214 15
White 3 183 15
Red 3 128 15
Hole 3

Description

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.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 4 391 11
Blue 4 355 11
White 4 330 11
Red 4 270 13
Hole 4

Description

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.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 4 445 7
Blue 4 401 7
White 4 352 7
Red 4 314 11
Hole 5

Description

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.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 3 198 17
Blue 3 179 17
White 3 152 17
Red 3 109 17
Hole 6

Description

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.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 4 265 13
Blue 4 265 13
White 4 228 13
Red 4 193 7
Hole 7

Description

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.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 4 395 9
Blue 4 375 9
White 4 326 9
Red 4 295 9
Hole 8

Description

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.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 5 550 1
Blue 5 520 1
White 5 482 1
Red 5 385 1
Hole 9

Description

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.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 4 421 5
Blue 4 399 5
White 4 362 5
Red 4 299 3
Hole 10

Description

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.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 4 415 12
Blue 4 391 12
White 4 369 12
Red 4 343 4
Hole 11

Description

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.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 4 449 8
Blue 4 418 8
White 4 388 8
Red 4 308 14
Hole 12

Description

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.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 5 508 4
Blue 5 482 4
White 5 446 4
Red 5 401 6
Hole 13

Description

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.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 4 460 6
Blue 4 422 6
White 4 372 6
Red 4 330 6
Hole 14

Description

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.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 4 398 10
Blue 4 365 10
White 4 345 10
Red 4 322 10
Hole 15

Description

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.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 3 224 16
Blue 3 179 16
White 3 138 16
Red 3 96 18
Hole 16

Description

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.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 4 326 14
Blue 4 308 14
White 4 292 14
Red 4 263 12
Hole 17

Description

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.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 3 192 18
Blue 3 166 18
White 3 156 18
Red 3 125 16
Hole 18

Description

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.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 5 605 2
Blue 5 586 2
White 5 537 2
Red 5 493 2

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scorecard

Hole #2

Handicap:
Mens 15, Womens 15
Black: 247 Yards
Blue: 214 Yards
White: 183 Yards
Red: 128 Yards

Hole #5

Handicap:
Mens 17, Womens 17
Black: 198 Yards
Blue: 179 Yards
White: 152 Yards
Red: 109 Yards

Hole #15

Handicap:
Mens 16, Womens 18
Black: 224 Yards
Blue: 179 Yards
White: 138 Yards
Red: 96 Yards

Hole #17

Handicap:
Mens 18, Womens 16
Black: 192 Yards
Blue: 166 Yards
White: 156 Yards
Red: 125 Yards

Player Hole Distance Club Ball
Timmothy Connor 15 160 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"

To Register your Hole-In-One at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses. Please send an email to proshop@bayonetblackhorse.com.

Course Tour

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.

course layout
Category Par Yardage Rating Slope
Black 72 7024 73.7 136
Blue 72 6533 71.5 131
White 72 5910 68.8 125
Red 72 5084 65.1 116

Scorecard

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scorecard

Hole-In-One

Hole #2

Handicap:
Mens 15, Womens 15
Black: 247 Yards
Blue: 214 Yards
White: 183 Yards
Red: 128 Yards

Hole #5

Handicap:
Mens 17, Womens 17
Black: 198 Yards
Blue: 179 Yards
White: 152 Yards
Red: 109 Yards

Hole #15

Handicap:
Mens 16, Womens 18
Black: 224 Yards
Blue: 179 Yards
White: 138 Yards
Red: 96 Yards

Hole #17

Handicap:
Mens 18, Womens 16
Black: 192 Yards
Blue: 166 Yards
White: 156 Yards
Red: 125 Yards

Player Hole Distance Club Ball
Timmothy Connor 15 160 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"

To Register your Hole-In-One at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses. Please send an email to proshop@bayonetblackhorse.com.

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