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By now you all already aware that Bayonet is a go to course on the Monterey Peninsula. Course offers views of the bay from about half the holes. Track has elevation changes on 17 of the holes. Fairways can be narrow so shot accuracy is a premium. Course is well manicured tee to green. Greens are rolling a bit slower than normal right now but still offer plenty of challenge with most greens being multi tiered. Note: greens are a tad easier than the sister course Blackhorse.

A definite must play in the Monterey Peninsula.
8 Likes.
Avila Beach is a fun track in a great location for a little escape within a couple hours drive from most places. Greens can e hit and miss from time to time. They were in nice shape yesterday. The track demands accurate shot placement and use off all clubs in your bag. You'll only use driver 4 times max on the front nine. Tee boxes are a little beat up and most sand traps are in need of attention.

Think of this as more of a muni course in a great location than a high end resort course. Overall it's a solid track well worth the drive and green fee. Staff is friendly and helpful.
11 Likes.
Course is always in great shape. A couple of the traps had some thin spots but nothing too bad. Greens are top notch. As a reminder Poppy is cart path only (as are all the courses in Pebbble Beach) making it a good choice to walk. Pace of play is generally slow even in the late afternoon.

The handful of times I've played, I've never had any issues with staff members.
14 Likes.
Great course to work on your short game. Course plays short both in total length and only 2 par 5's on the course. Great walking course with $15 green fees in the afternoon. Greens roll smooth at a medium - fast pace. Fairways are lush with decent sand in the traps.

If you're looking for a solid track to work on your iron and short game this is the place.
13 Likes.
As noted in other reviews, this is a top notch Monterey Peninsula Golf course. It's in the Carmel Valley so the weather is a bit warmer than some of the peninsula fogged in courses. Course is a resort style course that plays a bit easier than your average top tier course. The greens while rolling smooth and fast, are fairly flat. Either I was driving really well or the fairways were pretty wide open. There are a number of fairway bunkers to offer challenges though. The challenge in the course comes from the first three par 3's. They average 190 yards from orange tees (what most courses consider the blue tee's).

Speaking of bunkers, I didn't land in one until 11 hole of the second day. What a treat!!! I almost wished I had been in more bunkers. They are every bit as good as the bunkers at Pebble.

Staff friendliness is absolutely the best, bar none. The entire staff is over the top superb.

Only complaint is that there was no beverage cart either day. I get the Thursday afternoon but no cart during primetime Friday play?

overall, it's a great course that I'm already booked to play three more times in April.
13 Likes.
Dragonfly is a go to course in the Fresno area. Carts have GPS and the course is always in great shape. Course offers great challenges with water on a 1/2 dozen or so holes, well placed fairway bunkers and some risk/reward options (a la Pete Dye courses). Yet the fairways landing zones are fairly wide so that the average player can enjoy his/her round.

Greens roll fast and smooth with most being moderately sloped. A couple do have some big elevation changes.

Apparently this course used to be called Riverbend. If you get out in the next few weeks or so, you'll see why! The river is at it's fullest right now and boarders the edge of a few fairways. The full flowing river provides and extra delight to the beauty of this course.

It's a definite must play when in the Fresno/Madera area.
10 Likes.
First the technical aspects of playing Pebble Beach. The course is in fantastic shape tee to green as expected. Greens are small but very manageable. In my opinion they are much easier than Blackhorse & Bayonet down the road. Of course having a caddie give you spot on reads helps. Course is a must walk in my book. That gives you time to enjoy the plentiful views. Speaking of time... It's going to be a 5 hour round. Just accept that. You just paid five bills so why would you want to rush it. Having said that the caddies do a good job keeping players moving along.

The course layout combined with the ocean views is just absolutely surreal. You are right on the waters edge on 6-8 holes and have views of the ocean on another 5-6 holes.

We had no issues with staff. All were professional and polite

If I had one complaint it would be lack of bathrooms.

I'm already making plans to play it again in the summer!
12 Likes.
Great course all around. Don't let the beauty of this course fool you into thinking it's easy. Play the appropriate tee's and soak in a magnificent track. Several water features throughout the course add to both the beauty and the challenge. As great as the course is, it pales in comparison to the level of service provided by the staff!
13 Likes.
Greens have been recently aerated so they are rolling slower than usual, but are still smooth and challenging. There are A LOT of fairway bunkers that make the course even more challenging. In addition to the fairway bunkers there are numerous wasteland dirt areas that run throughout the fairways. Current conditions are cart path only so I would suggest walking the course to soak in the great views of the forest and peaks of the ocean.

Overall it is a great track with friendly service.
10 Likes.
Greens are closed for major repair. They are using mowed circles in front of the greens for makeshift "putting greens on all holes". They are scheduled to open up the regular greens next weekend but looking at the greens they are in very poor shape. Not sure what happened. I played here a few time in the spring and once in the summer and all was well. However, right now save your money and play elsewhere. Also greens keeper needs to report Madera as major (red) repair
11 Likes.
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