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Black Horse Golf Course

After General Bob McClure constructed Bayonet Golf Course in 1954 on land owned by the U.S. Army, the decision was made to build a second 18 hole course. Black Horse was opened in 1964 and named in honor of the 11th Calvary Regiment which had been stationed across the Bay.

The 8th Hole at Black Horse

The course opened to the general public in 1994, and both Black Horse and Bayonet underwent extensive renovations by architect Gene Bates.

The Inn at Spanish Bay offers unparalleled views for post-round relaxation. 

Links at Spanish Bay, 6th Hole

The Links at Spanish Bay, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Tom Watson and Sandy Tatum routinely is included in Golf Digest's list of America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.

The Links at Spanish Bay, 7th Hole

A bagpiper provides the post-round entertainment at Spanish Bay. Come sunset, you'll find him walking the grounds and ending up right by the Inn.

Pfeiffer Beach is a popular destination within Big Sur. Included in a list of top 10 California Beaches, beach goers have plenty of activities, including hiking, to choose from.

The famed Monterey Bay Aquarium opened in 1984. The aquarium's mission statement is "to inspire conservation of the oceans," and it is known for its Open Sea exhibits as well a a wide variety of other sea-life exhibits.

Salinas Valley is known for being one of most productive agricultural regions in California, and visitors have a variety of options to explore. A popular destination is the Salinas Valley vineyards and wine tasting rooms.

Let's not forget about the food: A trip to California is not complete without sampling some of the fresh seafood options, like these dishes served at the Carmel Valley Ranch.

Voted the Number 1 Resort in Northern California, the Carmel Valley Ranch provides a beautiful atmosphere for a relaxing getaway.

Carmel Valley Ranch, 13th Hole

The Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Course is the only Pete Dye designed golf course in Northern California and provides stunning views of the Santa Lucia mountains.

You can have a pretty big to-do list in the Carmel Area, including the "Bee Experience" at the Carmel Valley Ranch. You can get up close and personal with the honey bees, in your own beekeeping suit, of course.

For more information on things to do and see in the Monterey Area, www.seemonterey.com is a great resource.

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