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Reviewed by: Alex326, Monterey, Ca
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 Black Horse 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 Black Horse. 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 green-side. 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, Black Horse 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 and well worth the money and investment of time. Enjoy!