Black Bear Golf Club

3.7598000000 3.8 stars from 5 (333)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7018 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 74.1
  • Layout

  • 24505 Calusa Blvd, Eustis, Florida 32736, Lake County
  • (352) 357-4732
  • (352) 357-4737
  • www.blackbeargolfclub.com
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Year built: 1995
Architect(s): P. B. Dye (1995)
Type: Semi-Private
Style: Links
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: No
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 7018 yards 74.1 139
Black 72 6381 yards 71.2 133
White 72 5936 yards 69.3 126
White (W) 72 5936 yards 75.4 134
Green 72 5362 yards 66.8 121
Green (W) 72 5362 yards 72.0 128
Red 72 4768 yards 64.2 116
Red (W) 72 4768 yards 68.1 121

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 333 Reviews
5 stars:
87
4 stars:
145
3 stars:
53
2 stars:
30
1 stars:
18

recommend this course

262 out of 332 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for locals advanced golfers a weekend splurge   Challenges include bunkers elevation changes undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining brunch  

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"Great course, very difficult for first timers"


fzman26's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is extremely challenging when playing for the first time. Course knowledge is very beneficial because so many holes have blind fairways. Several times I hit "perfect" drives only to end up in a ditch or have a very awkward lie thanks to a hill. Misses around the green can be very punishing. The course is in great condition though. Amenities are nice.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



Benthall's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/15/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Benthall's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/15/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



al593609's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 04/17/2017

Another mysteriously low review. We are in excellent shape, the greens are rolling true and fairways are nice and plush.



u094711912's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

THIS COURSE IS IN VERY VERY POOR CONDITION NO COURSE MAINTANCE PERIOD. WEEDS,POOR , FAIRWAYS. NEED TO TRY SEEDING,FERT. WATER. NEVER PLAY AGAIN.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 04/17/2017

The only way this review makes sense is if the reviewer went to the wrong golf course, or maybe the wrong Black Bear? We are in excellent shape. We are slightly dry due to water restrictions, but we are not suffering and whenever players come in that haven't played here before they are quick to tell us how great of shape the course is in and how they will be back with friends shortly.



robingiordano0420's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000004814940's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Course was recommended by a friend to play so we made the drive from south of Orlando. I know why my friend recommended course now...wide open allowing you to make par from anywhere. Difficulty is around the greens, table tops and tiny. Course was a little burnt and in fair shape at best. Good value for the 30 dollars.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 04/17/2017

Thank you for your review. Sorry you feel that the course was not up to shape. We are battling some watering restrictions but the course is nice and green and the greens are rolling true. Come back again when we start getting some rain!


"NICE LAY OUT"


u000004152824's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

THE GREENS GOOD , THIS IS A COURSE THAT YOU NEED SEE TWO OR THREE TIMES TO GET A FEEL FOR IT. BUT OVER ALL I SHOT A 77 FAST TIME OUT SO I WAS HAPPY WITH THAT. IT NEEDS WATER BUT HERE IN FL. ITS BEEN DRY HERE SO WE NEED RAIN. BUT OVER ALL I WILL BE BACK

THANKS


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/17/2017

Thank you for your review and glad you were happy with our greens. Please come play again when we get some rain, however you won't be getting the nice roll in the fairways when it comes!



Lavonne4140662's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 04/01/2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a detailed explanation of your experience here. I am sorry you felt the pace of play was sub par, the 22nd was a busy day in central Florida with beautiful weather. Please come back in the summer time during the week and you will have much speedier experience!



JDSpalding's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

An extremely challenging course where precise iron play it rewarded and mishits penalized due to most greens being elevated.

Course was in great shape considering the time of year and will visit it again on next years trip.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Best Course in Lake County"


jolo1314's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/20/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

The review posted by Tony7138298 on March 12, 2017 is inacurate as the. many guests who witnessed their bahavior on course and in the Clubhouse would aattest t to.

. I am the Starter referred to and I proudly work as a volunteer on Fridays and some Saturdays. I do my very best to make people on our great and challenging course welcome. We are a very busy course and there are occasions when we have some problems with PACE OF PLAY. We are one of a few courses in our area who. can monitor slow play through tbe GPS system on tbe carts.and Dispatcb a Marshall.to clear.bottlenecks.

Sad to have, very occasionally, to deal with situations where people who have no regard for the enjoyment of otber golfers


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great course"


Taijuanbooze's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great condition and I loved the layout. I'll definitely be returning to play. Just not while a tournament is going on. Started late and waited quite a while for the Junior League...got done close to 7.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Incompetence"


Tony7138298's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2017
Previously played Used cart

Reviewed on

Walk into the clubhouse and there is a line about 10-12 people deep. One person trying to check everybody in. Apparently they scheduled two large groups with shot gun starts. They assured us, they would not interfere our pace of play. We get to the starter and he told us to go off the back. No problem, breezed thru in less than two hours. We make the turn and now they have decided to send every other group off the front. Literally, we are now the 6th group waiting in line at the first tee. Our second nine holes took nearly 3 hours. Complete INCOMPETENCE!!! The best part, we asked the starter what was going on he said "Don't shoot the messenger, I do this for the free golf". Never again, which is sad because the course is fun to play.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 03/13/2017

I am sorry you had this experience. When you are started on the back nine our procedure is to let you know when your turn time is scheduled. If we can accommodate you before your turn time we surely will when available. After turning in roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes on your first nine, we did not have your available turn time for almost 45 minutes, you played well above pace. If I put an hour and 20 minutes through the back nine together with your 3 hours on the front nine.. that puts you at 4 hours and 20 minutes, or right on our scheduled round time. On a busy day you still played at our estimated round time. I am sorry that we could not accommodate playing faster than that on your day of play.


"Dark day at Black Bear!"


Kurt63's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played here before and had a good time, as I did this time! I played with a great couple from Canada, who golfed their ball really well! I love Golf and I hate to be negative, so all I will say is...More attention could be given to details and communication between the staff, the starter and the guest could be improved! Since I was a single I was over 20 mins late- held at the tee box while , 3 foursomes went in front of me.I would not mind if someone said something prior, rather than being told to hold on while all the people went out before me. Maybe it was just a bad day they were having...The silver lining in the story was the people I was paired with; they were wonderful and I left with two new friends!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/01/2017

Thank you for your review. Sorry that it took extra time to get you paired up and out on the course. We lay everything out with the starter as best we can, however when a twosome shows up with an extra player or a foursome shows up with half their players great plans fall apart. We let the starter use judgement rather than telling you where and who you will be paired with and then having to change the plan 3 or 4 times!

Thanks again for choosing Black Black Bear.


"A true Pete Dye course"


vr4blutooth's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A very challenging course with a lot of bunkers. Many blind shots due to the undulations all over the course. Greens held ok, a little fuzzy on the day we played. Good sand in the bunkers. Overall course needed some water.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice"


u4124078's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course but pro shop attendant confused me about my cart . This was the first time I've ever played there. He did hook me up with two golfers who had played the course before. Nice course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Jklein12's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Unique Layout with a lot of potential"


SMursten's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is a unique design with the greens being very narrow, oddly angled and severe slopes if you miss. It didn't help we were playing in a 20mph all day, but these greens are very difficult to hit. The fairways are open and generous and the course is relatively short. It was in decent shape, the greens were OK, but the bunkers were terrible (I guess I shouldn't hit it there). The food service and food was very subpar (in a bad way). Overall, I would play here again if the price was right.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


cherylmac's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very good value . Greens rolled true , appeared not to have been mowed day we played so slightly slow . Good variety of shots required , fairways run out if hit the correct landing areas . Would play again .


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/06/2017

Thank you for choosing Black Bear. Sorry that the greens felt a bit slow, the greens are enjoying the warm weather and rain more than usual. We hope to see you again soon.



u660214708's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played after a huge rainstorm. The drainage was phenomenal.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/06/2017

Sorry the weather didn't fully cooperate with you, we hope to see you back on a drier day!



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