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Walked 2/16/19 as big rains this week had the course soggy and cart path only restrictions. Tournament play with lift clean and place through the green. Rain/hail on one hole otherwise partly cloudy breezy.
Overall course is in the usual great shape and will improve as it dries out. All tee boxes immaculate and greens good rolling medium speed due to wetness. Bunkers real nice no issues maintained nicely.
Always enjoy playing here and was helped by the lift clean and place in the thicker rough many times. Embedded balls were also a factor. The new drop rule for OB instead of provisional ball helped too.
Recommend...
6 Likes.
Second out Sunday my 3rd review in a row of the Johnny Miller design. . Used golf moose and that was a decent value. Rack price this day was $55 a bit over the value pricing IMO. And a late Golfnow green fee available under that.
Course is in winter condition fairways half dormant decent lies most places some wet soggy areas due to recent rains. Cart path only three holes. Rough playable leaves around but blown to sides of holes. Greens nice putting well med to fast. Tee boxes splotchy. Reseeding many usual white tees that roped off closed and those should be nice when reopened. Back tees looked ok as we drive by them. Bunkers ok but some muddy most damp and ok.
With the demands of a few forced carries and a few tight holes you may lose a few balls and when it's said and done those penalty strokes add to the total too.
No Beverage cart out POP brisk. Good fun. Merry Christmas!
8 Likes.
Played 12/19 as a 3-some paced well as 2 behind were not held up. POP 4 hours.
The course is ok considering recent rains. A bit muddy but playable. The tee boxes (3 Oak / 6000 yds approx) a bit beat up and damp for the most part.
The Greens good med to slower side. You could hit a putt uphill at the hole with pace. Downhill respect the slope but not scary fast. I'd say consistent with the muni price point. Fairways good rough not much trouble. Leaves out of the way for the most part so easy to find misdirected balls. No forced carries. some homeless visible on the back 9 near RR tracks but they have NEVER been any trouble.
Still a classic design that plays well. Its out and back design and the bev cart made the rounds. A course you can walk considering it's age and design layout.
Green/cart fees a bit overpriced compared to competition in the Sacramento area. IMO The Mackenzie side and the Arcade 18 seem to get plenty of play on this nice sunny 60 degree NorCal December day. And the Morton Golf super shop busy for Christmas. The driving range is ample. They feature ample bays and automatic ball dispensers. You can demo clubs free with your ID from the shop. Artificial grass putting course.
All around a good golf facility.
7 Likes.
Lead off group 12/15 under cloudy skies with a threat of showers that didn't fall. POP not an issue we were told to not go too fast to avoid maintenance crews but didn't see them. They were blowing leaves on a couple holes but that only helped conditions and the operators gave plenty of room to play through.
Third round in a row here and it's a bit over an hour drive for us. It's great conditions at value pricing for the season. With the excellent service the Troon facility is a 4/5 star golf anytime of year. Every time this year it's consistently been good to great in every rating area.
13 Likes.
Played two days recently 12/6 & 12/9. Thursday was cart path only due to rain earlier in week by Sunday that was lifted to one hole the 10th. The course for December in NorCal was in terrific shape. Greens smooth and near perfect putting. A couple shades of green but consistent roll. Held well struck shots and chips with spin. Fairways great the mow strips visible from the tee box. The rough consistent not to thick variable lies as expected not too penal.

Just all around great course and a must play for a golfer looking for the above average course conditions, design, and customer service.

Course is part of Cache Creek casino which I visited for the first time after playing the course a half dozen times. Blackjack dealer was nice enough to provide me a $50 profit and on the course one of the brothers we were paired with hit a butter cut 6 iron into the cup on #4 for his first ever ace. Good time had by all!
9 Likes.
Played at dawns early light 11/25 and fog on the first 5 holes. Greens in great shape rolling well. Mowed and the edges were the mower missed held dew until after the 10th hole. Course is in overall good shape. Read previous reviews for design details. The fairways are transitioning to dormant and are mostly brown. But the lies are good and I'd say tight in most places. Carry areas have been cleaned and cut of yearly growth and other maintenance done by crew keeping course in good shape.
Read sixpez write up from 12/27/14 for accurate course description.
Fun challengeing golf and the rack rate is a bit high I'd agree compared to others in the area. Played with a Golf Moose voucher so the price was right for us.
Cart was out and staff was great.
6 Likes.
Played 11/18 7am. No frost decent air quality and day after playing Silverado in Napa.

Course in good / better than good shape. Fairways rolling out. Greens had been small spiked with small tines and sanded lightly awhile back but no effect on putting today and will only improve from here for the winter season as they become quicker and smoother if memory serves correctly. (this review is my 6th of 7 most recent) Hopefully not to much repetition but to give GKers the "know before you go" ;)

Good putting surfaces fairways rolling bunkers good and weather for mid Nov warm (40's to 60's) sunny and dry.

Service great Beverage cart out on the 13th hole. All good recommend!
6 Likes.
Played 11/18 shotgun due to frost delay. Smoke from camp fire in the air but not bad enough to cancel play. Some wore masks occasionally. Blue sky almost broke through.
Despite weather conditions course was very nice in all aspects. The north end (holes 5-6) the 2017 Napa fire damage evident and the rebuild well underway. The camp fire smoke an eerie reminder of wind/fire combo. Johnny Miller and Troon facility so great service the norm here. I was looking forward to playing as I have watched the pros do it last two years. Played the south this spring where i recall great conditions too but greens not this quick.

I'd agree with other reviews the greens are the courses defense. They are very speedy and smooth and a few areas of roll off for sure. From conversation with other competitors the 3rd left middle pin (saved 3 putt from 3')and 15th green back left pin (4 putted from 40' with ball coming back 25+ feet twice) deceivingly sloped with tough pins, were particularly challenging. The shortish 8th hole pin front putting off green was possible from above hole. Defensive putting strategy in effect all day and I played the angles coming into holes short intentionally a couple times to avoid bunkers and set up a chip from below hole rather than risk putting downhill. Bunkers professional quality. Rough penal but not as long as PGA event. Fun course I enjoyed very much.

Holds up to the $$$ versus a $$ green fee. The 19th hole was good and the burger dog shack on the course is positioned to be accessed from a few greens and tees boxes. Beers in the bar were served in plastic cups?, maybe the shotgun with us all finishing at the same time they were short on pint glasses. It is Napa so they did have the wine poured in the proper glassware.

Recommend.
7 Likes.
11/11 @ 7 The smoke from camp fire was visible in distance but not a factor. Course is in great fall condition the fairways have a few brown spots but rolling out well and the rough just long enough to hold errant shots from the woods or deep stuff. Neither of us two got in a bunker all day. Greens putting smooth semi-fast. All pars made with one putts. Overall as nice and playable as AV gets a few leaves but expected in season.

On the first hole herd of does walked across the green when we hit approach shots. Not many ball marks but a few hoof prints! I drive the cart to green and above me near 2nd tee box is a buck with a large 5x5 rack and the smell of deer musk was super strong. The rut is going on. He stood tall and looked me over and walked away, impressive Muleie.

Like my last reviews. Recommend.
7 Likes.
Played 11/4 8:30 with about a 20 minute fog delay for the marine layer to blow off with the gentle breeze yielding to sunny skies cool start in the 50's to mid 60's beautiful fall day for the 2nd round of tournament play.
Bayonet conditions similar to Blackhorse as expected and that rates in the 8-10 range for most areas of the course(s). Rating is one stroke more difficult for most handicaps compared to Blackhorse but this matter of fact is almost indistinguishable. Greens slick rolling fast, fairways tight, rough lush.
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”).
Back 9 holes starting with 11 dogleg left history says because the General was a lefty with a "fade" so he ordered the holes designed to help his tee shot tendency.
Again all course conditions great and in line for a $$$ fee course. Customer service great and beverage cart out all day.
Third year in a row here the first weekend of November and it's been consistent great conditions and services from staff.
Recommend
9 Likes.
Beautiful weather for golf in Monterey. Played 11/3/18 11am tournament conditions therefore pace of play a bit slow. Set up for men was 6196yds slope 128 / 69.9 rating.

Condition of course overall great in all areas of play. I rated rough as 7 but if it's supposed to be long and penal up that to 10. A dubbed tee shot is a full stroke or more and rolling into it off fairway a half stroke on average. It's thick and lush , the fairways which are smooth and tight. Like other reports say greens are undulated and false fronts and run off collection areas are found at times around the slick bent grass putting surfaces. Long or short the roll out of ball on greens needs to be considered to score well. Some approach shots I hit short on purpose to avoid bunkers many which have steep faces to clear. Fluffy sand interesting curved edges. The fast greens are tricky above the hole lots of lag putting from there.
$$$ tee rate lives up to the cost as the course is tough but enjoyable. Views of Monterey Bay from course elevation are numerous.
Beverage cart out each day and the food in restaurant is good. Pro shop ok.
Recommend
9 Likes.
Played all 27 holes 10/29 starting as second group out at 7:20 the 7am time had to wait to see their shots! use a yellow ball and get going I said (kidding)
A bit cool until the sun came over horizon then perfect conditions.

Looking at previous review from May I'd say my rating stars may have been too low then but accurate now. Fairways not plush everywhere but good no issues. Greens excellent you could see the aeration holes as greener than other areas but no effect on putting and greens were quick but also held well. Difference between May and Oct is the areas you don't want to be are brown versus green and growing might save a few balls and strokes.

Used a golf moose deal so good value for 27 holes cart and hotdog water included.
Customer service excellent, Pro shop well stocked. Marshall on course but no beverage cart which is not necessary as all nines finish near CH and a snack shack open where all 9's converge.

Course in good to great shape all around. Overall great facility and service.

The Merlot 9 sits above the Chardonnay and Zinfandel which are all similar. Char and Zin mix together well for golf Merlot off by itself winds around driving range uphill.

The third day in a row and the body held up and the scoring too a * round for my index. (one of 10 of 20 best)
Another recommend. $$ course compared to $$$ Wente Vineyards.

3 day rating #1 Wente #2 Poppy #3 Hiddenbrooke Play them all!
9 Likes.
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