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I will try to be as neutral as possible with my review. This is only my second time playing Coyote Creek and neither time was a pleasurable experience. This was my first time playing the tournament course which used to only be for members but is now open to the public.

The track layout was decent but nothing really spectacular. The 7-8 holes in the hills were fun but I actually enjoyed the flat section of the course more which is odd for me because I put a lot of (rating) weight into courses with a lot of elevation.

My favorite hole on the course is the par 5 17th which has water in front of the green that makes going for it in two a real risk. It also plays into a head wind in the afternoon making it even tougher. I needed another 10 yards on my drive before being comfortable with trying it but it was sooooo tempting!

Greens roll smooth at a respectable medium/fast pace. Pay attention to the direction of the grain on these more than anywhere. I got fooled a few times on putts not breaking as expected.

Sand traps were excellent, however they are short on rakes. There were a few huge bunkers with only one or two rakes total So you have to walk around a bit to get a rake. I raked up a few footsteps from other players who didn't bother with fetching s rake.

The course has recently been destroyed by wild pigs. None of the greens were affected but several large areas around the greens and on the fairways were completely destroyed. There must have been 20-30 areas the size of a living room that had been turned up and destroyed by pigs.

I felt bad for the grounds crew.

The course seemed to play longer than the yardage said. I shot my handicap so my game was decent but it might have just been the cooler windy conditions.

Customer service at coyote creek is absolutely the worst. Both times I've played here I've had bad experiences with the staff. The guy at the pro shop was busy talking to another employee who was headed to the range on his day off. Not only was he ignoring me but he was ignoring the starter who was trying to reach him on the radio. When he finally did check me in he acted as if I was a bother. There was no friendliness in his tone nor did he explain anything (carts, range, 1st tee location etc) he didn't ask if I had any questions and just seemed put out that I was there checking in.

Getting my cart was the same as neither person bothered to even talk to me more less help me with my clubs (I saved money on tips for sure). They too did not offer any friendly small chat or any direction on the layout of the land.

The starter was the only friendly staff members outside of the grounds crew that I encounter. The starter was an elderly gentleman and he was polite and courteous as you would expect from someone from that generation.

The entire staff if Coyote Creek need to take a trip down to Quail Lodge or San Juan Oaks for some customer service lessons. Those two courses have the best staff around.

My wife is the one who likes Coyote Creek so if I ever go back it will be because of her. Hey you gotta lose a battle to win a war occasionally!
This is a fun track with great greens. The greens are small but roll smooth at a medium fast pace. Most greens are moderate as far as challange goes with normal amount of undulation. Elevation changes throughout the course add to the fun factor of the track. Hole 5 has a 3-4 story drop on a 175 yard par 3 which is a blast and really makes you think about your club selection.

Course conditions are decent throughout except for the tee boxes. They were in poor shape.

There are several great courses in the Monterey Peninsula to choose from and Crazy Horse makes the bottom of the second tier list of go to courses. At $80 mid-week it's not a steal deal but you will rarely find a crowded course here so if you want to get a quick round in then this is your place.

Also of note is the fact that the bar/restaurant will stay open until the last group has finished and left. That a great customer service touch in my book. You here that Bayonet??

The course is also back to playing its full length after a few holes were shortned due to winter storm damage.
This is my second time playing here. Course conditions are top notch as expected from a high quality resort course. Tee to green the course is in fantastic shape. Greens offer some challenging breaks but have spacious landing zones. The course is set up against a mountain and several of the holes have fun elevated tee boxes with great views of the surrounding mountains and course below. Water hazards add to the beauty and challange of the course.

Turkeys and deer are plentiful on the course for added wildlife scenery. Being inland you are sure to find sun while other Peninsula courses are fogged in. Pace of play was decent considering it was weekend prime time when I played. Only drawback on the track is that there are only two par 5's one of which is uphill (the only uphill hole by the way).

Other than that Carmel Valley Ranch is a super course that's a blast to play and has moved up into my top 10 favorite courses!
I don't know why I don't play here more often. This is a great course. Obviously the ocean views are excellent (make sure to sneak some looks in on the front nine too). Greens are awesome right now. Soft and receptive to holding pitch shots and rolling perfect. I was paired up with a guy from Denver and he said he's never seen such great greens at this low of a price.

Pace of play is a little on the slow side for a shorter course but nothing extreme. Customer service is excellent. There's something relaxing about PG that I can't explain. I think it has something to do with the great course at such a reasonable price. It just puts you in a stress free mood.

I'm definitely gonna start including this on my regular rotation
I'll start by talking about the conditions of the course. Del Monte might just have the best Tee boxes in the world! Absolutely perfect (level, lush, and divot free). However, be cautious of the direction the tee box points you towards. There are a couple that guide you off line.

Fairways are also lush but narrow. Dont't stress though because there is a good 20-30' of "first cut" rough on each side of the fairway before finding no mans land. As Sixpez mentioned there is some serious water conservation going on at this course and a soon as you leave that wide first cut area you are in deserted dry brown dirt field.

Greens are small. No make that very small! But they are super smooth, roll fast and are soft so getting your ball to stick is fairly easy.

Not many (if any) fairway bunkers and the green side bunkers have good quality sand. Conditions wise the course is an 8.5

Now for the track layout. I'm not a big fan of it. It's pretty much flat and uninspiring. No water hazards or forced forced carries. There's one par 5 where you have to shoot through some trees and a small gully that's fun but that's about it.

As others mentioned, staff here are very friendly. Rack rates are way too high in my opinion. For the same price there are much betters options on the peninsula

In short, it's an average layout with very good conditions.
My idea of a perfect course is one that has elevation changes, immaculate conditions, on the ocean and has forced carries over water hazards. Think Spyglass Hill! Well Blackhorse meets 3 out 4 requirements. Suburb conditions all around with numerous elevations changes throughout the track. In fact there are only 4 holes that are flat. While not directly on the ocean, you have views of the Monterey bay from about half of the holes.

The greens are the trickiest in the business. Rarely do you have a flat straight putt at Blackhorse. It's not uncommon to be putting for par and then chipping for double bogey here. I've literally seen 15' putts make a U turn and end up further back behind the player. Having said that the greens rolls smooth.

Sand traps are excellent and plentiful greenside. Fairways are lush and on par with those in the 93953 zip code up the road. Some of the tee boxes have taken a beating as of late. Whereas some are in perfect shape, a couple were severely damaged with bare spots and divots galore.

The only thing missing from this track is a forced carry over water. In front of the 15th green would have been a great place or even in place of the cluster of the back bunkers on the 1st hole. The first hole is a reachable Par 5 and in my opinion the easiest hole on the course. Replacing the cluster of bunkers with water would force the player to think strategically instead of always going for it without fear of being penalized.

Overall, Blackhorse is a must play track in the Monterey Peninsula. I know I'm biased as this is one of my home courses, but it truly is a gem well worth the money.
Just a spectacular course. Obviously as others have said the course is in immaculate condition. Tee boxes, fairways, greens, and sand traps are all in fantastic shape. Last time I played we took a cart. Today we decided to walk and it makes the journey even better! Yes, the first five holes are on the water and offer spectacular views. However, if you walk it and are out in the middle of the fairway, there are plenty of additional peaks at the ocean.

The par 3's all play downhill but don't get fooled, they are tricky and difficult (but extremely fun). There are a few water hazards mixed in on the track which adds to beauty and challange.

Course is definitely a must play for both the beauty and the challange!
I've played here a couple dozen times when I'm in the area. You can walk the course for $15 and even finds deals with carts for the same price. Mid day and week the course is empty so I like to use it for a quick round to work on my game.

Staff is friendly and course is average. Having said that it's in the best condition I've seen it in the last two years. Greens are rolling smooth but slow which is fine as this is a great course for beginners. Track is completely flat but does have a few lakes in it to make things interesting. Best part of the layout is that on the front 9 you are forced to use all your clubs. You will only tee off with a driver twice in the first 7 holes.

Whereas the sand traps are still below standard they are much better than other "nicer" courses in the Fresno area.

All in all, No complaints with the course for what it is... A muni course for quick inexpensive rounds.
This course is flat out a blast to play. There is water on 13 of the holes including an Island green 18th. Greens are in excellent shape. They roll fast and smooth. Fairways are just a bit above average but no real issues. Sand traps suck. There is no other way to put it.

Course layout is about as fun as it gets for a completely flat track. Challenge comes from the long par 4's with a 1/2 dozen plus holes playing over 400 yards. Par 3's are all short to mid irons with one having the green surrounded by water on 3 sides. 3 of the 4 par 5's are reachable in 2 though the 9th has water on 3 sides of the green and the 18th is an island green so its a true risk and reward shot. To save water there is hardpan dirt between fairways.

When I first played this course a couple years ago it was empty. One of those hidden little gems. However, the cat is out of the bag and it's quickly becoming a go to course so it gets a little more crowded. To show you how popular this course is, when I played here a couple months ago, there were people from Canada who travel down and stay at the RV park for a month just to play it.

This is one of my top 3 courses in the Central Valley; Dragonfly and Ridge Creek-Dinuba being the other two.
I had heard this course had been renovated a couple years ago and much improved. I'll save you the time and money. The course is just not worth it. Track layout isn't bad but the fairways were brown, thin and had a lot of bare spots. Greens were so so, they rolled fairly smooth but we're very slow. Tee boxes were average at best.

A couple holes have views of the slough which is nice but some of the holes back up against a run down neighborhood. I was a single and got paired up with a threesome. We were virtually the only people on the course (there were 4 others 5 holes ahead) and it still took us over 4 1/2 hours. Very frustrating to say the least.

Overall the course is below average.
Madera is the muni course I measure all other muni's against. It's an average course, but that's not a bad thing. Greens are solid now (they had a major issue about 18 months ago) and fairways are decent. Tee boxes fall a bit short and the "dirt" traps are the weak link. Track layout is nothing special yet not boring. Some water hazards to keep things interesting helps the completely flat course from being a snore fest.

My favorite hole is the par 5 17th which is reachable in 2 with a long drive but with water on both sides of the fairway, accuracy is a must.

Pace of play is always a bit slower even during mid week as this is the go to course for older retired players. Having said that, whereas Aviara and Quail Lodge have the friendliest staff, Madera has the friendliest players! Everyone I have met on this course is absolutely great.

Definitely worth the green fee and is easily a walkable course.
This is a beautiful course!! Track has Three of the most beautiful par 3's in California Hole#7 at Pebble is spectacular but the flowers, ponds and waterfalls on holes 3,11, & 14 at Aviara are just absolutely gorgeous. Elevation changes and more scenic water hazards add the enjoyable experience.

This is a resort course that plays like a true championship difficult course but yet manageable so you can shoot your normal score. Customer service is beyond superb. I can't say enough about the genuine friendliness of the entire staff.

The greens are in the process of being aeratyed so speed control was a bit off has every third green had recently been sanded. The rough while lush is thick and punishing after being in it for a while. Sand traps are excellent. There are a few fairways that are brown but other than that the course is a full on top notch track. Aviara has moved into a top 3 courses I've played.
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