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San Francisco/North Bay Area; Oakland/East Bay Area; Fresno Area; Monterey Bay Area; Santa Cruz Area; San Luis Obispo Area
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Last Updated: March 30, 2017
Cyclists turned golfer 2 years ago after playing Kapalua.
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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 fan... » More
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!» Close
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 ... » More
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» Close
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, ... » More
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.» Close
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 S... » More
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.» Close
Just a spectacular course. Obviously as others have said the course is in immaculate condition. Tee boxes, fairways, greens, and sand traps are all ... » More
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!» Close
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