Black Bear Golf Club

3.9923764706 4.0 stars from 5 (382)
  • 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: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 382 Reviews
5 stars:
104
4 stars:
171
3 stars:
56
2 stars:
32
1 stars:
19

recommend this course

306 out of 381 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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"Black Bear - one to dare!"


jocelynehaigh's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/27/2017
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Reviewed on

We enjoyed our return visit to this beautifully laid out but challenging golf course, where we received a very friendly welcome from all the staff and a delicious cup of coffee before play. All the holes present a different aspect from the four tees, and the elevated greens are a test for all levels of golfer. Definitely worth a visit!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/27/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"the course was in good shape"


u3159217's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It seemed that it was very slow pace of play. other than that the course was in good shape. It is a open course I ended up with the same ball I started with. Weather was beautiful 70 degrees and sunny.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"A challenging course for all levels"


u254621866's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/17/2017
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One of the most interesting courses around. You have a little of everything, water, plenty of sand and some very narrow fairways. You have to have a long and straight drive to score well.


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



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/15/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We arrived early enough to hit range balls and practice putting; checked with clubhouse 10 minutes before our tee time only to be told that they were backed up 45 minutes. Found out later that a regular Wednesday group of 20 had been sent off the back, had to turn in front of us onto the front and had taken 3 hours to play the back nine. Like the course enough to play it again but would try to get an early morning tee time.


Pace of Play: Fair

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


"SLOW PLAY"


uTHSN7736TH's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2017
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Way too many people who don’t know course etiquette. I was a single on the back nine , behind 2 men and 2 women...no one in front of them...50 minutes to play 3 holes. They had many opportunities to let me hit and play through. I had to skip a nice par 5 to get past them.... when you have that many people playing ....you need a ranger. Course very nice...but this takes all the fun out of it.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Donjoerollins's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2017
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Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



trathke3's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/02/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"Hillocks, hillocks and more hillocks"


Newbaby1's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/01/2017
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They’d just overseeded and the course was slightly damp as a result. The greens were good but not fast and the run on the ball was limited. This is an unusually undulating course for Florida and therefore well worth playing. Staff were very friendly and attentive. This however is an over 55’s resort and when booking it you need to bemindful of this? All in all enjoyable.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Tough Course!"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/31/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is a really tough play! Hills, undulations, hidden bunkers, protected greens, narrow tree lined fairways, off-fairway grass extremely deep. Par 3's are long, except for 15. Played the Green Tees and because of the overall length of the course, all my second shots were a hybrid. Other than a wedge, I only used my irons twice.

Bring your best game to Black Bear; you'll need it!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



u336271271's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/31/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Been Better"


golfonetwo's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/20/2017
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I have played here a few times but I have never had course management be so poor. The young kid running the pro shop just let people go out whenever they wanted to with no regard to management of time

allowing there to be good intervals between groups. Absolutely no ranger anywhere insight. We followed a five some group . Really??? Why?? Please get it right in the future. I would like to come back again. Will recommend but, with hesitation.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/23/2017

I am sorry you feel that he was just letting people go out whenever they feel like it. When we have smaller numbers of players on the tee sheet we start people from the pro shop. We utilize our GPS system so we can see where the carts are on the course and the carts will be flagged if they are behind our max Pace of Play of 4 hours and 30 minutes. If someone made a fivesome and played at the pace of play we would not have seen it. Please do not hesitate to give us a call and let us know so we can sort that out for you.

Thank you for taking the time to review, we hope to see you back out again soon.


"Something completely different"


Woosnac's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2017
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Reviewed on

The course was in great condition. The greens and fairways undulate like a British links course. Quite a challenge but good fun. Staff all helpful and nice seating area outside for having an after round drink.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Day"


jpearson6656's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We definitely enjoyed our round at The Bear! The course was in very good shape. The pace was excellent. The greens are uniquely shaped and vary in height from approach. You must hit golf shots!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Best I've seen it looking"


Bill1863228's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I've played BB many times over the years and it never disappoints. I think this round was one of the best. A lot of maintenance crews who are very courteous about shutting down their mowers when nearby. Greens were rolling great and fairways are very well defined! Downside was the woman behind the bar. Not the usual who has been there for 8 years. I think she was not in her element and in a hurry to get out of there. Chairs were up on tables before 3:30!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/23/2017

Thank you for the kind review! We are glad you are enjoying the work we are putting into the course.

Chairs go up on the tables to vacuum and come down afterwards. When play is slow in the afternoon we have asked our waitstaff to start their closing preparations. We are not by any means trying to hurry you out the door. The day in question our server did have a doctors appointment that she had to get to. Our proshop staff is happy to continue serving at the bar when she leaves!

Thank you again for the kind words and we look forward to having you back again soon!


"Not the best it’s been but not bad"


u000007716499's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/15/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Course was in ok shape, certainly better than Eagle Dunes down the road. Greens were good, fairways were ok. Some weed issues here and there but not bad. Main part of the driving range was matts only and the alternate site at the other end of the range was in poor condition. Played as a threesome and we moved well the front 9 but slowed a bit on the back but I think a group jumped in that shouldn’t have as they were playing the nines in reverse that day in the morning.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/23/2017

Sorry you feel that the driving range was not up to your standards. Unfortunately the day you played we did have a reasonably sized tournament that seems to have done a number on our back range before you got to it. We pride ourselves in being the best practice facility in the area. With real full flight range balls and targets you can see.

Thank you for your review, we hope you come back soon and Dare the Bear again.


"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
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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
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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!



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