The excitement in Monterey County is building for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. (Watch this space next week for an Insider's Guide!) But that's not the only golf-related buzz in the area. There's a lot of talk about the renovated Bayonet and Black Horse golf course.
Bayonet and Blackhorse (named after two legendary military units) were two golf courses on the Fort Ord military base in Seaside. When the base was turned over to the city, the golf course was opened to the public. It was known for its charm, its views of the ocean and it's notorious Combat Corner, designed to benefit a former general with a mean slice.
The minds behind Bayonet and Blackhorse decided they could make the course even more impressive, and spent the last year renovating. It fully reopened at the beginning of the year, and there's been quite a bit of press. The Register Pajaronian approves of the rough, left a number of new divots, and enjoyed it despite racking up 107 strokes. The San Jose Mercury News enthusiastically encourages readers to visit, and the Monterey Herald chips in with a rave review.
It's not the last high-profile golf course renovation taking place, however; Pebble Beach is renovating its famed golf course, based on Jack Neville's original design. Soon the Pacific Ocean will be known as the World's Biggest Water Hazard.
Have you tried the new Bayonet and Blackhorse yet? What do you think?