If any course in North America deserves the honor of five full stars for being beautiful and challenging, it would be Bayonet Course of the Bayonet-Black Horse Golf Club. That, and its sibling course, the Black Horse. The course has, since 1954, hosted several US Presidents and even more foreign dignitaries. For these heads of the state to bring the nation’s most important guests for a game here, there must be something so special about this golf vacation destination. And for it to last more than half a century and still rank among the best in California, there’s not a reason not to believe there is indeed something so extraordinary about it.
General Robert McClure originally designed the course. Gen. McClure’s design was characterized by fairways lined with cypresses and oaks and a stunning view of the Monterey Peninsula. It was beautiful in its old form, it was ethereal in its recent overhaul – under the skillful hands of no less than Gene Bates. The renovated Bayonet Course of the Bayonet-Black Horse Golf Club now features more challenging hole placement, more trees, and a wider, more breathtaking view of the Monterey Bay. And of course, the signature Gene Bates sand bunkers that might as well add the sixth star to the course’s many merits. The guests must simply expect nothing less than the best from their golf vacations here.
The 18-hole, par-72 Bayonet Course of the Bayonet-Black Horse Golf Club has five sets of tees, measuring 7,104 yards from the longest tees. If the quality of this golf course has fascinated and impressed heads of states over the years, it should not be any different for golf trips of true blue golf aficionados. And happy and satisfied golfers are bigger than any honor for any golf trip.