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PGA Championship Returns to Nor Cal’s Bayonet Black Horse Courses

The 51st edition of the PGA Professional Championship returns to NorCal’s paired courses on the Monterey Peninsula, in 2018.

“The PGA of America is excited to return the PGA Professional Championship to Bayonet Black Horse, long regarded among the most scenic and challenging courses to have hosted this national championship,” said PGA President Paul Levy. “The staff of Bayonet Black Horse has embraced our championships, and we anticipate another great edition in 2018 for our best playing PGA Professionals.”

The event scheduled for June 17-20, 2018, marks the return of the 312-player event that was first conducted at Bayonet Black Horse in 2012. Bayonet Black Horse also was the site of the 2016 Senior PGA Professional Championship.

Bayonet Black Horse of Seaside, California, premier public-access courses among the acclaimed Monterey Peninsula golf landscape, will host the 2018 PGA Professional Championship, the world’s largest all-professional golf event.

The uphill par-five first hole on the Bayonet has seen many a skilled player in a host of important competitions over the years.

Dick Fitzgerald, director of Seaside Resort Development, which operates Bayonet Black Horse said, “We are honored to be selected as the host of the 2018 PGA Professional Championship, and we welcome the return of the country’s premier PGA Professionals. By hosting the PGA Professional Championship, Bayonet and Black Horse continues to cement its reputation as a home for professional championship golf and one of the great golf venues on the Monterey Peninsula.”

Overlooking Monterey Bay, Bayonet and Black Horse were named in honor of two U.S. Army divisions. The courses occupy property that was once part of the former Fort Ord military base. Bayonet was designed by Gen. Robert B. McClure in 1954, and after a redesign by Gene Bates, the course reopened in 2007.

Black Horse Golf Course, a 1964 joint original design by Gen. McClure and Gen. Edwin Carnes, was named in honor of the 11th Cavalry Regiment (Black Horse), which was stationed at the Presidio of Monterey (1919-1940).

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