Black Bear Golf Club

3.9916352941 4.0 stars from 5 (366)
  • 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 | Full Scorecard

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

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 366 Reviews
5 stars:
99
4 stars:
162
3 stars:
55
2 stars:
31
1 stars:
19

recommend this course

290 out of 365 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 Shape"


Royaloaks's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/13/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in great shape pace of play was backed up a little but we managed to get around OK had a wonderful day thank you very much


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/16/2017

Thank you for the review. We are glad you had a good day despite being a bit backed up when you played. (The fog some mornings puts us behind)

We hope you will come Dare the Bear again soon!


"Central Florida's little secret"


hotshoe19's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great layout. Feels like you are on the moon. Only water is on the last hole. Never lost a ball. I play there a few times a year and never had a bad time. Very friendly staff. A nice driving range/practice area with a Huge putting green. There is even a 19th hole for playoffs. The carts are new gas Yamahas and there is a GPS range / distance screen overhead. Love this place. Best course around.


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


Commented on 10/16/2017

Thank you for the great review! We are glad you had a great time and have had a great experience when you have come out before.

We also have electric carts but they have the GPS as well. We are very happy with the system.

We look forward to seeing you frequently this season! Thank you for choosing the Bear!


"Best of Six!"


u000001417401's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

After visiting up to six other clubs in the area, we chose Black Bear as the best! We’ve since played Black Bear twice and look forward to many more Tee times!

Great course with great value to enjoy!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/16/2017

Thank you for the great review.

We are happy to hear that we surpassed our competitors and we look forward to seeing you at the Bear often this season!



u957783938's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/16/2017

Thank you for the great review!

We look forward to seeing you again soon!


"Everyone’s favorite golf course"


bogeygolfer1000's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/06/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Black Bear offers a really fun golf challenge and great variety of holes. They really strive to offer good service and they do manage pace of play by pairing players together.

They get 5 stars from me as they offer great prices all year long and it’s hard to beat in Central FL. Kudos for opening so quickly after the hurricane, Black Bear is a top favorite for me and my playing golfing buddies.


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


Commented on 10/16/2017

Thank you for the glowing review! We are glad you enjoyed your experience and we hope to be able to continue to provide you with the experience you expect here.

We will look forward to seeing you again soon out here!


"Very hilly."


u713514309's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very hilly. That's the only reason I wouldn't recommend this to a friend. If you golf well it's good


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 10/16/2017

Our Hills do make the course a bit more difficult on your knees, however we feel it also gives us a unique charm compared to other Florida courses.

We are glad you enjoyed your round and thank you for the review.

We hope to see you back again at the Bear soon!


"Hilly"


u713514309's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/19/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was very well groomed. Very hilly on the sides so you have to put the ball in the middle of the fairway.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/16/2017

We are glad that you found the course to be in good condition. We are constantly working to improve it.

We hope you will continue to come and Dare the Bear!

Thank you for the review!



None's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love this course and layout...can't beat it for the money. Unfortunately most people think the same and it often gets behind on tee times and there's usually a wait on the course. I literally had to leave and not play the last few holes. And it was the same the last time.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/19/2017

I am sorry you didn't get to finish, unfortunately the power outage allowed our tee sheet to be overbooked for a few times on this past Saturday which slowed things down a bit. With many courses unable to open after the hurricane we are lucky to be open and glad we can help central Floridians get their golf fix in!

We hope to see you again soon. Thank you for coming out!


"Great condition with lots of undulation."


u000007685638's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

From the staff to the course to the condition...FUN


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"black bear"


golfista466's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

First time playing course after hearing great things for several years. Drove 45 minutes to play. Course had interesting rolling style of layout. However greens were unplayable and didnt putt close to the quality they were known for. Pace of play was very slow and no rangers were present. The temp was over 90 degrees and there was only one hole had water with cups. The rest were either absent of potable water or didnt have cups. Overall very poor experience on what should have been and amazing experience.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 09/19/2017

I am sorry you felt the greens were not up to "par". Our greens are for the most part very healthy, we have been forced to not cut them down as much to avoid getting burnt out. We had one broken water cooler on the day in question which has since been replaced, our apologies. We offer complimentary foam cups of ice you can take with you and fill up around the course. Every 3-4 holes we do have cooler stations.

As the temperatures cool down we will be able to cut the greens lower and bring them up to the speed you were expecting!

As far as pace of play goes, we have our pace set at 4 hours and 20 minutes. If you finished within this time or were playing at a pace that would finish in this time we would not have had an alarm to notify of slow play. I know playing as a twosome it often feels like you are playing slower than you really are when the rest of the course is foursomes.

We hope to see you again to give it a shot on a more comfortable day and bring two friends to make it a foursome!



u000003956536's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/29/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Black Bear"


tomt32707's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great layout although by the end of the day you will be tired of uphill/downhill/side hill lies. Good mixture of short/long holes. Great conditions- not a bad lie all day except for hills. I don't like the extra charge for the cart GPS especially if you are not advised up front. But overall a good play. Will play here again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Oh, by the way......."


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Got an e-mail that this place was 29 bucks, all you can play plus lunch...should have known something was up. Got there hardly anyone in the parking lot...Hmmmm.AFTER we pay -find out the back nine is closed for some kind of repairs, had to play front nine twice Had to drive 45 minutes to get here.. Why can't they just be up front about it? its a nice place when you can play all 18. Don't appreciate the covering up the truth. could have told us when we made reservation. This is the second time they've pulled a fast one, 3 strikes and I'm done!


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


Commented on 08/25/2017

I am sorry you feel that this was somehow targeting you. We were verticutting the front nine which as any avid golfer will tell you is necessary to keep the course in great shape.

Unfortunately one of our machines broke before the first tee time, we had no idea how long it would be to repair or be able to realistically contact everyone that had a tee time that day. Our online deal is 29 with lunch, it wasn't because of the maintenance. Please come out again and see how happy the greens are to be verticut, enjoy the same rate you had when you were disappointed with us this time.


"Perfect day for a perfect round"


USCswimmer's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tee'd off at 8:21am, and actually there was no one in front of us for 2 holes. We never waited, course flow was great and finished around 4 hours total.

Greens and teeboxes are perfect, rolling true. Will be back soon, love the new GPS systems.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good time"


Golf620w's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wide open fairways that lead to big greens. Great for first time golfers or regular players


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good value outside Orlando"


rcalahan14's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/12/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Black Bear always makes an enjoyable round. The course requires thinking before your shot and requires accuracy to avoid the penalty areas. I play here 6-8 times per year. It is one of my favorite Orlando area courses.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A good course"


skolo12401's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/04/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a good course to play. There are a few green's that need some work, but overall the course is in good shape. This course as well as others seem to making the green smaller. I assume it is a cost factor.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Florida ain't flat!"


u605604611's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very undulating, lots of sand, huge greens that roll true lush fairways, knee high rough in places and a brute of a finishing hole. A lot of local knowledge here as greens will narrow to as small as four paces across making for sucker pin placements. Friendly staff, very good practice areas. Well worth it, I'll be going back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"good course"


olenickn's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

when their commercial is on they say " come dare the bear" they ain't lying. tough course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"One of my Favorites"


rcalahan14's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Black Bear has been my favorite course in the North Orlando area for some time. It has challenges that either reward you or penalize you based on your shot making ability. The greens are usually very consistent and fairways nice. The staff is courteous. I always enjoy playing here and don't mind the extra drive from Oviedo.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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