SEASIDE, Calif. -- Bayonet Black Horse, the 36-hole, full-bentgrass facility on the Monterey Peninsula, announces the Bayonet Course has been selected to host the Monday Qualifier for the Frys.com Open, held October 11-17 at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.
The Frys.com Open is part of the PGA TOUR's Fall Series and features a full-field (132 players), four-day tournament with a $5 million purse and $900,000 payout to the winner. The event moves from Scottsdale, Arizona's Grayhawk Golf Club to the Robert Trent Jones, Jr. layout in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Bayonet Black Horse is located 44 miles southwest of CordeValle, providing convenient access for Monday Qualifier entrants. In selecting Bayonet, the Frys.com Open tournament committee cited the course's championship-level design and conditioning, and its reputation of providing a challenging test of golf demanding pinpoint-accurate tee shots and consistent putting.
"The Frys.com Open is an outstanding addition to Northern California's lineup of top-notch professional golf tournaments," says Dick Fitzgerald, project director for owner/operator Seaside Resort Development. "Bayonet is widely regarded as one of the most challenging golf courses in California, and it should provide an exciting setting for a Monday Qualifier."
Bayonet hosted qualifying for this year's U.S. Open and has been selected to host PGA TOUR Second Stage Q-School in November.
Bayonet and Black Horse re-opened in December, 2008 after a $13 million renovation by Bates Golf Design Group (Gene Bates). Both courses underwent dramatic view-shed alterations and hole re-routings to reveal new, breathtaking ocean vistas and improved playing options (including new bentgrass greens). They were included in Golf Digest's "Best New Courses" issue for 2009 in the ultra-competitive "Renovation" category.
For more information, rates and tee times, visit www.bayonetblackhorse.com.
About Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Club
The Bayonet course, with its narrow playing corridors and steep, penal bunkering, has long been considered the most difficult test of golf on the Monterey Peninsula. The par-72, 7,104-yard course has retained its famous bite after the recent renovation by award-winning architect Gene Bates, but playability and strategic options have been greatly improved. The uphill, dogleg right, 476-yard, par-4 ninth hole exemplifies the course's significant challenge. The Black Horse course, a 7,024-yard, par-72 layout, features sweeping vistas of the Pacific and is highlighted by fescue-framed fairways, bunkers with distinctive, serrated edges and slickly-contoured greens. The par-3 15th, created during the renovation, faces the bay and is sure to emerge as one of the great holes on the Peninsula.
Getting There: The Monterey Peninsula Airport offers commercial and charter air service, including direct flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Phoenix and Las Vegas. San Jose International Airport and San Francisco International Airport serve the area and are one and two hours north of Bayonet Black Horse, respectively.