Bayonet Course, Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club
Bayonet Course Overview
Designed in 1954 by General Robert McClure, the Commanding Officer of the Fort Ord U.S. Army training facility at that time. Gen. McClure, a left-handed golfer with a severe slice, designed the course to fit his game, which is highlighted by a series of sharp doglegs called ‘Combat Corner’ from holes 11 to 15.
Bayonet, with its oak and cypress-lined fairways, and steep bunkering, has long been considered the most difficult test of golf on the Monterey Peninsula. The par-72, 7,104-yard course, has retained its famous bite after the recent renovation by award-winning architect Gene Bates, but playability and strategic options have been greatly improved.
The Bayonet Course has its immensely challenging 476-yard Par 4 9th Hole, which requires a long drive uphill followed by a tricky uphill approach shot often with a difficult lie which must avoid the strategic bunkers protecting the green.
Did You Know?
The Bayonet course was named after the 7th Infantry ‘Light Fighter’ Division (nicknamed the ‘Bayonet Division’), with many holes designed to accommodate the fade of General Robert B. McClure. He was a left-handed golfer who designed the original course, with holes 11-15 a series of sharp doglegs widely known as ‘Combat Corner’.
Accommodation near Bayonet Course
Portola Hotel & Spa
Located in downtown Monterey just steps from the famous Fisherman’s Wharf, Portola Hotel & Spa is perfect for those wanting to explore the city and play California’s best golf.
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa
Situated just two miles outside of downtown Monterey, and with the Del Monte course onsite, the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa offers a luxury retreat amongst 22-acres of Monterey Pines.
Carmel Valley Ranch
Carmel Valley Ranch is a luxurious resort set amongst 500 acres, located 10 miles inland from the Pacific coast and boasting the only Pete Dye designed golf course in Northern California.