Black Bear Golf Club

3.9806411765 4.0 stars from 5 (389)
  • 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 389 Reviews
5 stars:
104
4 stars:
176
3 stars:
57
2 stars:
33
1 stars:
19

recommend this course

312 out of 388 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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"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!


"course is nothing but mounds"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/11/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very poor staff not friendly. Directions of holes coming at each other is unsafe! Dislike course period. I will stay at the courses that I usually play at.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 01/15/2018

Not sure what happened if you had a poor experience with staff, we pride ourselves in our staff. As far holes coming at each other, we have very generous spacing between almost every hole, the errant shot is going to find its way into play of another hole occasionally, that is why you are cautioned to be alert as you play. Sorry the course wasn't what you like, we pride ourselves in our hills and mounds, unlike most of florida courses!


"Very nice course"


u923886022's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/04/2018
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Reviewed on

Took brother and friend they both liked the course will definitely go back


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course super slow pace"


u4792443's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/27/2017
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Reviewed on

The course was in great shape. Tight fairways make this a course where you need to execute your shots, if not you will end up in the bunkers most of the time. If not for the slow pace would have rated it a five. It felt like they were over booked and no rangers to keep the pace going. I dont know how a nine ball even gets on a course but it happened here and I waited in a tee box an average 8 to 10 minutes every hole before i could tee off.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/04/2018

Thank you for your positive review. Apologies for the pace of play, assuming you must have played in the afternoon after our starter/ranger had to leave. If you see a group of more than 4 players (that is holding up play) It is not intended and we do invite you to help us and give us a call in the proshop so we can rectify the situation.

We hope to see you again soon!


"Slowest round!"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/26/2017
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Reviewed on

Our tee time was 1 pm. There was a line up on the tee. Imagine my surprise when 3 other 2somes said they also had 1 pm tee times plus the twosome who played the back 9 first! Starter said not to team up as there were all twosomes out. Guess he didn't notice the really slow foursome 5 groups ahead of us. Where normally we would have played each 9 in under 1.5 hrs as a twosome took over 3 hrs. It took almost 5.5 hrs to play 18 holes as a twosome!!! Most tees we had 3 groups waiting.

Greens were not great. We were surprised as previous years we liked the greens.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/04/2018

Apologies for the line up on the tee box. Due to being an early close on Christmas Eve and our employees having off Christmas Day there was a surge in online bookings for players looking to avoid their inlaws! Because our system allows booking through golf now or our own website double bookings did occur. Combine this with a fog delay and we did have a slow day on the day you played. Our apologies on your wait and slower than average play time!


"Great"


Casey5004388's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/26/2017
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Reviewed on

The course was in pretty good condition tees to green.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/04/2018

Thank you for taking the time to review the course. We hope to see you again soon!


"Undulating!"


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Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Entire course was hills - such a change from normal "Florida" courses. Sand traps placed in very difficult spots. You have to be very strategic and accurate for this course - do not recommend for beginners! The 18th was a bear ;0...but I managed to birdie it. There is a contest on one of the par 3's...for a small donation for the kids. I did it, won a hat...will be back! The course was in pretty good shape, found a lot of hard terrain and the sand traps have some really steep faces.


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 01/04/2018

Thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed the trip away from the typical Florida course. We hope you visit again with your friends soon!


"A good workout."


gerard5710710's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/21/2017
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Very scenic course.Greens in good shape.Well worth the money. Will be back after resting up.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"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
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

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


Commented on 12/21/2017

Come to find out, after our round. You must tell them you wish the golf & lunch special before you pay. Found out we all paid $4.00 more and got no lunch. Counterman never mentioned anything at check in. Pay more get less..Florida management. When asking about our lunch after golf, We were asked for our ticket. Went to check in and were told the above. Not even the hint of an offer to give us the food voucher. Also, no receipt when using acredit card, what's up with that BS ? Our group, normally 24, will not return to this establishment ! And the word will be spread. The greens were the slowest we have played this year.



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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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Reviewed on

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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Reviewed on


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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Reviewed on

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
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

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
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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



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