When Seaside Resort Development and Bates Golf Design united in 2006 to renovate the Bayonet and Black Horse golf clubs in Seaside, Calif., one of goals was to make the quality of the courses commensurate with the best and most-storied layouts of the Monterey Peninsula.
According to an article in The Herald of Monterey County, the 18 most recently renovated holes—the back nine of Bayonet and the front nine of Black Horse—are now open to the public, officially completing the $13 million renovation of both venues. The new front nine of Bayonet debuted in May of 2007, while the new back nine of Black Horse opened in May of 2008.
The new look features alterations to hole routings, corridors and view sheds. New tees, bunkers and green complexes have been installed and intrusive non-native trees have been removed, to allow panoramic views of Monterey Bay. Under the new look, all kikuyu and poa annua grasses were replaced with Jacklin T1 Bentgrass, a dark-green strain developed specifically to compete with the invasive, regional species. The new turf is featured on all tees, fairways and greens. On Black Horse, a dense, fescue rough gives the course a links-style feel.
The renovation of both courses is part of the Seaside Resort Development Project, which also includes the addition of a 330-room hotel (to be operated by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts), a new clubhouse, and 125 residential homes that will surround the layout. The first phase of the residential lots is complete and expected to be marketed early next year.
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