Black Bear Golf Club

3.9453529412 3.9 stars from 5 (352)
  • 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 3.9 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: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 352 Reviews
5 stars:
93
4 stars:
156
3 stars:
54
2 stars:
30
1 stars:
19

recommend this course

278 out of 351 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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"Good time"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2017
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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


"Great Golf value"


Lewis6560257's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is challenging but fair. The design offers a wide variety of holes with some nice, for a Florida course, elevation changes. I will definitely play here again.


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


"Good day at Bear"


DS1241's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a great layout and usually in good shape. The downside has been pace of play on weekends and no ranger on course. Played Friday morning and no issues as course was pretty empty.


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



michael1779247's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/28/2017

Thank you for the good rating. We strive to be a 5 star rating so please make sure you tell us how we could have been 5 stars for you. Thank you


"No Advisary!"


gt007's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Played here several times, course is in good shape, greens always challenging. My only negative is that there wasn't an airification warning. Apart from that is was great......


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/28/2017

I am sorry you ran into this. Unfortunately we try to update as many of our partners as possible. The course is in superb shape right now, don't be a stranger. Thank you for the review.



xkyleclark3's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

We were able to play 36 holes and average around 3:30 for each round. The pace of play was fantastic. It was quite warm, the stiff breeze definitely helped to make the round more bearable. The greens were punched in the past week or two, so that made putting difficult. Once the greens come back in, they will be great. Given the drought, the course was in great shape! The staff was very nice and helpful. Highly recommend checking this track out!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Just not our sort of course."


duckhook503's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2017

Reviewed on

Played recently with my wife and another couple of senior friends, on vacation in The area. The day didn't start well. Having driven for over an hour, we were told on checking in that the back nine was closed and that we would have to play the front nine twice. This information should have been given on the phone in the morning as we booked. The front nine is basically a spit on your hands and smash it as hard as you can nine. Not our type of course at all. A week later I can't clearly remember one hole. We gave up after 9 holes. The half that we played was certainly in nice condition. It is what it is. Just not our type of course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 07/28/2017

I am sorry you experienced this on your visit. Unfortunately if we had known that 9 holes would be closed all day we would have been able to warn about it. However due to circumstances beyond our control we had to make due with only 9 holes being playable. The Back nine does have some more memorable holes on it. Please come back and play the back 9 if you are in the area again. Thank you.


"Nice layout"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2017
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Reviewed on

Nice layout with hills....not your typical flat Florida course. The rough was over grown and needed to be mowed so it WA tough hitting out of it. Would definitely recommend the course though. Played there a few times and will go back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u5569708's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Malicious golfers"


2482941's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

My brother and I played this course yesterday morning. We started out around 0725 and was doing well until we reached the 8th hole. There was a group of five golfers in front of us. We had to wait until they were out of range before we teed off. Once we finished the 8th hole we moved over to the 9th hole, again we had to wait for the fivesome in front of us to get out of range. We thought surely when we got to the 10th tee box they would allow us to pass through. Again, wee waited and waited - due to at least two of the golfers hit their balls about 10 feet in front of tee box. One of the guys was up on a hill looking for his ball. i told my brother this is ridiculous and we were going to go through them which we did. I called the Pro shop to report the incident and was told by Mr Hodges that they would let us through on a par 3....How ridiculous is that. In all my days of playing golf I never had to wait for a fivesome to get to a par 3 before being allowed to pass through. While on the 9th hole they yelled across to three other golfers coming up on the 8th hole, "are we holding you up - call the Pro shop.: My brother and I took that to be directed at us. Absolutely no courtesy was shown toward us, nor did the Pro shop intervene as they should have. I understand these guys to be members, but that doesn't give them the right to slow play and hold up a twosome behind them. They were malicious in their attitudes by what they said and discourteous to my brother and I. I believe if we had been White, we would have been extended the courtesy to play through. I will never play this course again, nor would I recommend this course to anyone. I have brought a group of guys from Tampa (were I live) to this course on more than one occasion. I feel that Mr Hodges (Pro shop) wasn't interested in our complaint nor did he care. What a shame!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 07/28/2017

Not sure why my previous comment did not show up. But I wanted to make sure you understood when the group on 9 green yelled about holding people up, they were talking to the guys on the 8th tee box who they have a little rivalry with about who tees off first in the morning. They had no idea where you were in the 9th fairway you could hear them. (although he is louder than he knows) Sorry you felt that you were targeted but I assure you, you were not.


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Commented on 05/24/2017

We here at Black Bear pride our self on customer service, and it is unfortunate you had an unpleasant experience. I have looked into what actually happened and the five some that played in front of you played in less than 4 hrs and obviously you being a two some are going to play much faster, but our pace of play is schedule for 4 hrs and 15 min. and you played within that time frame. The obvious issue is the five some should of let you play through sooner....and I have address it with our members and they have assured me they will accommodate faster players in the future. So my apologize and we hope you will return and have a better experience.

Butch Benton

Director of Golf/Operations


"The Bear usually wins"


Watgoose's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was not busy at all for a hot Saturday afternoon...foursome finished play in less than 4 hours...fairways had plenty of grass...greens were well manicured and quick..many hills in fairways...lots of slope on many greens....hit in the right spot and birdies are available....miss it in the wrong spot like one of the numerous bunkers and you can quickly put up a crooked number...super nice staff...look forward to next time


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


"Great Course - Challenging but fair."


James8801052's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I've played Black Bear 5 or 6 times now and like it more each time. The course is challenging, but fair. The greens roll true and typically are in good shape.

I highly recommend playing this course. You'll be happy you did.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Time to go hunting bear!!!"


Scotsman1's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was a tough course but great fun to play and both greens and fairways were in remarkable condition considering how little rain has fallen recently.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good work out!"


u000005775780's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Prepare to walk a lot or channel your inner mountain goat. Lots of undulating fairways and tough walking from cart path to greens. Great chance to hit the long ball, but not a lot of variety and very little shade.

No regrets about playing the course but wont return soon.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"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



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