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Bayonet

Already drawing rave reviews for its renovation, Bayonet Golf Course has ushered in a new and exciting era for the landmark golf course that overlooks the famed Monterey Peninsula.

Certain to provide both challenges and inspiration to golfers for generations to come, Bayonet has been re-sculpted by award-winning golf course architect Gene Bates.

Retaining its classic, tree-lined character, while showcasing Bates’ elegant bunkering and graceful greens, the new Bayonet offers expanded views of the bay. Although the overall length of Bayonet has increased only 16 yards, the strategic and visual impact created by Bates’ bunkering is immeasurable.

The front nine, which debuted in May of 2007, is different from the original layout in several ways -- mostly notably the order that the holes are played has changed and a spectacular new ninth hole has been created.

The new finisher to the front is an uphill par 4, 476 yards, with a dogleg right. The all-new fairway is lined by numerous young cypress, oak and pine trees – most transplanted from nearby areas of the property. One tree cluster cuts off the right corner, while a bunker pinches the fairway further on the left. The test lies with an all-carry approach, where three staggered bunkers lead up to a broad green that is cut into the crest of the hillside.

Par has not changed on any hole, although the longest par 5 on the course has been shortened from 626 yards to 613 yards. Now the eighth hole, it comes into play right just before the new ninth to create a daunting one-two combination totaling 1,089 yards.

Overall, the addition of Bates’ classic bunkering, punctuated by snow-white sand, and removal of the Kikuyu and poa annua grasses in the fairways and greens have produced a substantial improvement to Bayonet’s playing conditions.

With the removal of the Kikuyu and poa annua, 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.

One of the most dramatic design changes to the greens is the more level putting surface on what was the par-4 seventh hole (now the fifth hole on the side). Gone is the drastic, left-to-right dropoff, replaced with a more welcoming target with gentle movement.

Bayonet, which opened in 1954, is steeped in golf and military history. Created on the site of the former Fort Ord by General Robert B. McClure, it was christened in honor of the 7th Infantry Light Fighter Division (nicknamed the “Bayonet Division”).

Always stimulating and in spectacular shape, and with Monterey Bay as its inspiring backdrop, the remodeled Bayonet is ready for the new era to begin.

Course Record

Andres Gonzales

Course Record: 62
Course Yardage: 7005 Yards
November 17th, 2010
PGA Tour Qualifying School- Stage 2
Currently Playing on The PGA Tour

Bayonet Course Record

Bayonet, with its narrow playing corridors and steep, penal 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 uphill, dogleg right, 476-yard, par-4 ninth hole exemplifies the course's significant challenge.

course layout
Category Par Yardage Rating Slope
Black 72 7104 74.8 139
Blue 72 6641 72.8 135
White 72 5945 69.4 131
Red 72 5229 70.2 123
Hole 1
Hole 1

Description

Favor the right side of the fairway on the tee shot and second shot to avoid the fairway bunkers on the left. This will leave you a short iron in for your third shot. An easy par on this hole can set the tempo for the rest of your day.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 5 548 7
Blue 5 520 7
White 5 505 7
Red 5 474 5
Hole 2

Description

Accuracy is of the utmost importance on this tee shot. Favor the left side to have the best angle into the green. The second shot will play half a club downhill and any shot over the green will run away from you.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 4 436 1
Blue 4 423 1
White 4 357 1
Red 4 317 7
Hole 3

Description

Longer hitters may try to clear the fairway bunker, but other players will want to lay-up just short of it and approach from there. This green is very deep so look to see where the pin is.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 4 365 17
Blue 4 332 17
White 4 317 17
Red 4 278 11
Hole 4

Description

This par 3 is downhill, but the prevailing ocean breeze means it will play to the yardage. The bunker protecting the front of the green leaves a difficult up-and-down, so choose your club wisely.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 3 201 11
Blue 3 176 11
White 3 156 11
Red 3 122 15
Hole 5

Description

No need for driver here. Play to your favorite yardage and take advantage of this birdie opportunity. Take note, because any shot over this green will really get away from you.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 4 343 15
Blue 4 327 15
White 4 306 15
Red 4 285 13
Hole 6

Description

This is a long par 3 that plays a bit uphill. The left bunker appears to be right in front of the green but is actually 15 yards from the front edge. A conservative line into this green may be the prudent play.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 3 221 13
Blue 3 189 13
White 3 170 13
Red 3 136 17
Hole 7

Description

This tight, uphill par 4 plays longer than the yardage. Some players can carry the bunker, but don’t get too far left as the tree in front of the green can block a left pin placement. This approach shot plays one club uphill.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 4 392 9
Blue 4 363 9
White 4 336 9
Red 4 294 9
Hole 8

Description

You’ll need three solidly struck shots to get home on this long par 5, as well as to navigate three well-placed fairway bunkers. Pay close attention to your yardage to the bunkers when laying up. The green is over 40 paces deep and very narrow, so your yardage will vary greatly depending on the pin location.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 5 613 5
Blue 5 593 5
White 5 541 5
Red 5 474 1
Hole 9

Description

An accurate tee shot on this long dogleg-right par 4 will set you up to make par. Take at least one extra club to this elevated green. The green is wide and shallow.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 4 476 3
Blue 4 449 3
White 4 388 3
Red 4 350 3
Hole 10

Description

Play down the right side of this par 5 to set up the best angle to approach the green. Any shot short of the green will find a collection area.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 5 517 5
Blue 5 510 5
White 5 462 5
Red 5 402 5
Hole 11

Description

A tee shot down the middle of this dogleg-left par 4 will split the bunkers and leave a short approach to the green. Pay attention to the pin placement to leave an uphill putt.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 4 387 8
Blue 4 355 8
White 4 331 8
Red 4 250 14
Hole 12

Description

This dogleg-left, uphill par 4 requires every bit of accuracy and distance control. Try to hit your tee shot just right of the fairway bunker. The second shot will play a club longer than the yardage.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 4 419 4
Blue 4 378 4
White 4 316 4
Red 4 290 8
Hole 13

Description

This long par 4 plays longer due to the ocean breeze. Any shot that carries the fairway bunker on the right will get an extra kick toward the green. Accuracy is a must as both greenside bunkers are very deep.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 4 479 2
Blue 4 444 2
White 4 387 2
Red 4 369 4
Hole 14

Description

The ocean breeze behind you should offset the elevation change on this par 3. The green is very deep, so make sure to check the pin location.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 3 192 18
Blue 3 170 18
White 3 149 18
Red 3 118 18
Hole 15

Description

Hit this tee shot right over the little oak on the right side to set up the best approach angle. There is more room right than appears off the tee, so choose a line that takes the left trees out of play. A well-thought-out tee shot should allow for a great birdie opportunity.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 4 370 14
Blue 4 350 14
White 4 320 14
Red 4 262 10
Hole 16

Description

Split the two fairway bunkers off the tee and take an extra club for this uphill approach. The green is deep with collection areas left and right.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 4 393 6
Blue 4 364 6
White 4 326 6
Red 4 275 12
Hole 17

Description

This par 3 will play a club less but it is well guarded by bunkers front and right. If the pin is back right, play for the center of the green.

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 3 225 16
Blue 3 200 16
White 3 150 16
Red 3 137 18
Hole 18

Description

Take the tee shot just right of the fairway bunker. A layup short of the fairway bunkers will allow for a legitimate birdie opportunity to end your round!

Category Par Yardage Handicap
Black 5 527 10
Blue 5 498 10
White 5 428 10
Red 5 396 2

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scorecard

Hole #4

Handicap:
Mens 11, Womens 15
Black: 201 Yards
Blue: 176 Yards
White: 156 Yards
Red: 122 Yards

Hole #6

Handicap:
Mens 13, Womens 17
Black: 221 Yards
Blue: 189 Yards
White: 170 Yards
Red: 136 Yards

Hole #14

Handicap:
Mens 18, Womens 16
Black: 192 Yards
Blue: 170 Yards
White: 149 Yards
Red: 118 Yards

Hole #17

Handicap:
Mens 16, Womens 18
Black: 201 Yards
Blue: 176 Yards
White: 156 Yards
Red: 122 Yards

Player Hole Distance Club Ball
"Apple" John Kim 17th 150 Yards 6 Hybrid Bridgestone e12
Matt Critchley 14th 161 Yards PW ProV1
John Ashlock 17th 159 Yards 7 Iron Kirkland
Michael Sherwood 6th 163 Yards 4 Hybrid Callaway
Deborah Arredondo 17th 137 Yards 5 Hybrid Kirkland
Kevin Hickey 17th 169 Yards 8 Iron ProV1
Anthony Cannino 6th 158 Yards 6 Iron Bridgestone
Jim Eppen 17th 150 Yards 9 Iron Callaway
Heather Rodriguez 17th 137 Yards 8 Iron Bridgestone RX
Dave Campion 14th 150 Yards 7 Iron Titleist Pro V1
John Kingman 4th 179 Yards 6 Iron Titleist Pro V1
Andy Stacey 14th 150 Yards 5 Hybrid Titleist Pro V1x
Michael Devine 4th 201 Yards 5 Iron Pro V1
Fred Ferguson 4th 128 Yards PW Snell
Paul Olmos 14th 149 Yards 5 Iron Titleist
Bruce Kakimoto 5th 154 Yards 6 Iron Taylormade
Jung Choo 15th 115 Yards 5 Wood Volvic
Jennifer Ferguson 17th 137 Yards 8 Iron Volvic
Ying Hua Lee 17th 125 Yards 5 Iron Titleist
Michael Devine 4th 201 Yards 5 Iron Titleist
Alice Wong 4th 130 Yards 7 Wood Nike Soft
David Hernandez 4th 176 Yards 7 Iron Bridgestone B330
Jack Benson 17th 150 Yards 8 Iron Titleist
Declan Woods 17th 150 Yards 7 Iron  
Tom Ballard 14th 150 Yards 6 Iron Callaway Chrome Soft
Ray Benavides 6th 179 Yards 6 Iron Callaway SR 2
Gregg Sarratt 17th 156 Yards 5 Iron Titleist Pro V1x
Brandon Bueno 14th 203 Yards 3 Iron Titleist Pro V1x
Greg Evans 4th 156 Yards 6 Iron Titleist Pro V1
Mike Bourgault 6th 135 Yards 6 Iron  
Brad Sparrer 6th 174 Yards 6 Iron Taylor Made TP
Michael Braisted 4th 163 Yards 6 Iron Titleist Pro V1
Jered Stone 17th 193 Yards 7 Iron Titleist Pro V1x
David Hill 14th 170 Yards 7 Iron Taylor Made Proj. A
Glen Folson 6th 185 Yards 3 Hybrid Titleist
Kris Handsaker 17th 139 Yards 4 Hybrid Callaway
Chuck Hoekzema 14th 149 Yards 6 Hybrid Titleist
Thomas Rivera 14th 160 Yards 5 Iron Bridgestone
Vince Charlton 17th 160 Yards 8 Iron Titleist Velocity
Adonis Bell 14th 192 Yards 5 Iron Taylor Made TP
Justin Deknoblough 14th 149 Yards 7 Iron Titleist Pro V1x
John L. Freitas 14th 150 Yards 5 Iron Nike
Val Kosorek 14th 164 Yards N/A N/A
Paul Weir 17th 200 Yards 3 Wood Bridgestone Rx-330
Michael Wyatt 17th 160 Yards 7 Iron Titleist ProV1
Kyu-Jin Woo 14th 170 Yards 4 Hybrid Titleist
Michael White 4th 156 Yards 7 Iron Nike
Tom Ballard 4th 156 Yards 6 Iron Titleist NXT
Paula Kinch 17th 128 Yards 6 Iron Top Flight
Chris Sullivan 14th 165 Yards 6 Hybrid Bridgestone Rx
Todd Palmaer 14th 195 Yards 3 Iron Titleist ProV1
Bradley Zeve 4th 156 Yards 6 Iron Titleist ProV1
Kelo Salazar 6th 170 Yards 7 Wood Titleist ProV1
Frank Mann 17th 175 Yards 7 Wood Taylor Made
Kevin Price 14th 173 Yards 6 Iron Titleist ProV1
Ken Greene 14th 149 Yards 7 Iron Bridestone
Sid Williams 17th 140 Yards 6 Iron Titleist NXT Tour
Dom Mezzapelle 14th 170 Yards 8 Iron Titleist ProV1
Paul Olmos 14th 149 Yards 5 Iron Titleist ProV1
Tim Hansen 17th 166 Yards 7 Iron Titleist ProV1
Bryson Smith 14th 149 Yards 8 Iron Pinnacle
Chung Yim 6th 170 Yards 5 Hybrid Titleist ProV1
Robert Hamaguchi 14th 149 Yards 5 Iron Titleist NXT
Lana Archer 17th 137 Yards 8 Iron Titleist ProV1
John Vanni 17th 156 Yards 5 Iron Titleist ProV1
Joe Lubach 4th 201 Yards 4 Iron Titleist ProV1x
Steve Watanabe Jr. 17th 150 Yards 6 Iron Titleist ProV1x
Michael Wyatt 17th 160 Yards 7 Iron Titleist ProV1
Armando Aguilar 17th 200 Yards 5 Wood Srixon
Kangann Lee 14th 170 Yards 4 Iron Callaway Diablo
Bryan Cameron 6th 170 Yards 4 Hybrid Callaway
Jim Pierce 14th 170 Yards 5 Iron Bridgestone
DJ Slaton 17th 127 Yards 50* Taylormade TP5
John Bosic 4th 153 Yards 7 Iron Nike
Margie Longo 4th 127 Yards 7 Iron ProV1

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

Course Tour

Bayonet, with its narrow playing corridors and steep, penal 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 uphill, dogleg right, 476-yard, par-4 ninth hole exemplifies the course's significant challenge.

course layout
Category Par Yardage Rating Slope
Black 72 7104 74.8 139
Blue 72 6641 72.8 135
White 72 5945 69.4 131
Red 72 5229 70.2 123

Scorecard

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scorecard

Hole-In-One

Hole #4

Handicap:
Mens 11, Womens 15
Black: 201 Yards
Blue: 176 Yards
White: 156 Yards
Red: 122 Yards

Hole #6

Handicap:
Mens 13, Womens 17
Black: 221 Yards
Blue: 189 Yards
White: 170 Yards
Red: 136 Yards

Hole #14

Handicap:
Mens 18, Womens 16
Black: 192 Yards
Blue: 170 Yards
White: 149 Yards
Red: 118 Yards

Hole #17

Handicap:
Mens 16, Womens 18
Black: 201 Yards
Blue: 176 Yards
White: 156 Yards
Red: 122 Yards

Player Hole Distance Club Ball
"Apple" John Kim 17th 150 Yards 6 Hybrid Bridgestone e12
Matt Critchley 14th 161 Yards PW ProV1
John Ashlock 17th 159 Yards 7 Iron Kirkland
Michael Sherwood 6th 163 Yards 4 Hybrid Callaway
Deborah Arredondo 17th 137 Yards 5 Hybrid Kirkland
Kevin Hickey 17th 169 Yards 8 Iron ProV1
Anthony Cannino 6th 158 Yards 6 Iron Bridgestone
Jim Eppen 17th 150 Yards 9 Iron Callaway
Heather Rodriguez 17th 137 Yards 8 Iron Bridgestone RX
Dave Campion 14th 150 Yards 7 Iron Titleist Pro V1
John Kingman 4th 179 Yards 6 Iron Titleist Pro V1
Andy Stacey 14th 150 Yards 5 Hybrid Titleist Pro V1x
Michael Devine 4th 201 Yards 5 Iron Pro V1
Fred Ferguson 4th 128 Yards PW Snell
Paul Olmos 14th 149 Yards 5 Iron Titleist
Bruce Kakimoto 5th 154 Yards 6 Iron Taylormade
Jung Choo 15th 115 Yards 5 Wood Volvic
Jennifer Ferguson 17th 137 Yards 8 Iron Volvic
Ying Hua Lee 17th 125 Yards 5 Iron Titleist
Michael Devine 4th 201 Yards 5 Iron Titleist
Alice Wong 4th 130 Yards 7 Wood Nike Soft
David Hernandez 4th 176 Yards 7 Iron Bridgestone B330
Jack Benson 17th 150 Yards 8 Iron Titleist
Declan Woods 17th 150 Yards 7 Iron  
Tom Ballard 14th 150 Yards 6 Iron Callaway Chrome Soft
Ray Benavides 6th 179 Yards 6 Iron Callaway SR 2
Gregg Sarratt 17th 156 Yards 5 Iron Titleist Pro V1x
Brandon Bueno 14th 203 Yards 3 Iron Titleist Pro V1x
Greg Evans 4th 156 Yards 6 Iron Titleist Pro V1
Mike Bourgault 6th 135 Yards 6 Iron  
Brad Sparrer 6th 174 Yards 6 Iron Taylor Made TP
Michael Braisted 4th 163 Yards 6 Iron Titleist Pro V1
Jered Stone 17th 193 Yards 7 Iron Titleist Pro V1x
David Hill 14th 170 Yards 7 Iron Taylor Made Proj. A
Glen Folson 6th 185 Yards 3 Hybrid Titleist
Kris Handsaker 17th 139 Yards 4 Hybrid Callaway
Chuck Hoekzema 14th 149 Yards 6 Hybrid Titleist
Thomas Rivera 14th 160 Yards 5 Iron Bridgestone
Vince Charlton 17th 160 Yards 8 Iron Titleist Velocity
Adonis Bell 14th 192 Yards 5 Iron Taylor Made TP
Justin Deknoblough 14th 149 Yards 7 Iron Titleist Pro V1x
John L. Freitas 14th 150 Yards 5 Iron Nike
Val Kosorek 14th 164 Yards N/A N/A
Paul Weir 17th 200 Yards 3 Wood Bridgestone Rx-330
Michael Wyatt 17th 160 Yards 7 Iron Titleist ProV1
Kyu-Jin Woo 14th 170 Yards 4 Hybrid Titleist
Michael White 4th 156 Yards 7 Iron Nike
Tom Ballard 4th 156 Yards 6 Iron Titleist NXT
Paula Kinch 17th 128 Yards 6 Iron Top Flight
Chris Sullivan 14th 165 Yards 6 Hybrid Bridgestone Rx
Todd Palmaer 14th 195 Yards 3 Iron Titleist ProV1
Bradley Zeve 4th 156 Yards 6 Iron Titleist ProV1
Kelo Salazar 6th 170 Yards 7 Wood Titleist ProV1
Frank Mann 17th 175 Yards 7 Wood Taylor Made
Kevin Price 14th 173 Yards 6 Iron Titleist ProV1
Ken Greene 14th 149 Yards 7 Iron Bridestone
Sid Williams 17th 140 Yards 6 Iron Titleist NXT Tour
Dom Mezzapelle 14th 170 Yards 8 Iron Titleist ProV1
Paul Olmos 14th 149 Yards 5 Iron Titleist ProV1
Tim Hansen 17th 166 Yards 7 Iron Titleist ProV1
Bryson Smith 14th 149 Yards 8 Iron Pinnacle
Chung Yim 6th 170 Yards 5 Hybrid Titleist ProV1
Robert Hamaguchi 14th 149 Yards 5 Iron Titleist NXT
Lana Archer 17th 137 Yards 8 Iron Titleist ProV1
John Vanni 17th 156 Yards 5 Iron Titleist ProV1
Joe Lubach 4th 201 Yards 4 Iron Titleist ProV1x
Steve Watanabe Jr. 17th 150 Yards 6 Iron Titleist ProV1x
Michael Wyatt 17th 160 Yards 7 Iron Titleist ProV1
Armando Aguilar 17th 200 Yards 5 Wood Srixon
Kangann Lee 14th 170 Yards 4 Iron Callaway Diablo
Bryan Cameron 6th 170 Yards 4 Hybrid Callaway
Jim Pierce 14th 170 Yards 5 Iron Bridgestone
DJ Slaton 17th 127 Yards 50* Taylormade TP5
John Bosic 4th 153 Yards 7 Iron Nike
Margie Longo 4th 127 Yards 7 Iron ProV1

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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