Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club - Kodiak/Black Bear Course

4.1094411765 4.1 stars from 5 (180)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6853 yards
  • Slope: 130
  • Rating: 72.4
  • Layout

  • 7 Clubhouse Rd, Ocean View, Delaware 19970, Sussex County
  • (302) 537-5600
  • (302) 537-7947
  • www.beartrapdunes.com
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Year built: 1999
Architect(s): Rick Jacobson (1999)
Type: Public
Greens: Bent
Fairways: Bent Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Singles allowed: No
Dress code: Proper Golf Attire at All Times. Please, No Jeans or T-Shirts
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 6853 yards 72.4 130
Back 72 6377 yards 70.1 126
Club 72 5748 yards 67.3 120
Forward 72 5074 yards 69.1 118

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 180 Reviews
5 stars:
83
4 stars:
74
3 stars:
17
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

166 out of 180 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is near local attractions at a resort worth the drive   Great for playing multiple courses a weekend splurge locals   Challenges include bunkers water hazards undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining dinner  

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Reviews


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Type of Golfer
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"Cool"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very windy but the course was very good and staff was great.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great day out"


TCAMA1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played Grizzly and Black Bear as a single. I played with some members of the club all were friendly and made me feel right at home sharing tips and tricks. It was a bit windy right after hurricane Maria but still excellent round I had a great time.


Pace of Play: Good

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



TCAMA1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



Lewis7626820's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course



u5581195's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Very pleasant day"


Stephen9226296's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Greeted enthusiastically by the outdoor guys. Treated quickly and professionally by the inside team. Practice area was nice, except for the chipping area - it was pretty chopped up. Not a dal breaker for me, though.

Course was in very good shape. Holes were fair with enough challenging features. Greens are HUGE, as evidenced by my 4-jack of number 18. (Something like an 80 footer. )

I was able to play with a member and if he was representative of the rest of them then this would be a great place to join if I lived here.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Not bad at all"


daa2202's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

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

Reviewed on

Nice track; greens rolled pretty well despite having been aerated within the last two weeks. Bunkers were full of soft beach sand. Fairways in generally good shape. Did not see a cart girl after the first hole on a busy Saturday - strange. No marshals to keep pace of play up. All that said, a pretty good track for $70 on a weekend. We'll go back.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Slow play"


u000001538947's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2017
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Reviewed on

The greens were recently aerated which made them very bumpy and inconsistent. The pace of play was very slow with no ranger in sight! Over 5 hours to finish in the dark!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Lewis7626820's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Easy to navigate"


callreport's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course in great condition. It was cart path only on front nine due to rain recently but changed to 90 drug rule for back nine which was helpful. Well stocked snack shack. Overall, a very enjoyable course to play. A bit pricey but there deals to be had if you are flexible about tee-times.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"A fun golf course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Though one of the hottest days for golf, our there's one had a very nice time. We played the 'blended' tees. The fairways were generous and the trouble was not too onerous. I will definitely play this layout again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Excellent Amenities for an Average Course"


rcoleman3641's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/05/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

First off, my overall 3/5 rating and my lack of recommendation of this course is relative to what it is (or purports to be). If this course were being compared to your local muni, it would certainly score higher. But given the competition within a 45-minute drive, it's difficult to recommend Bear Trap Dunes.

The amenities are outstanding, though. Everything from the clubhouse to the restaurant to the snack shack is top-of-the-line. The atmosphere surrounding the course gives one the feeling that it will be worth the $125 prime time rate.

The course, however, did not live up to that feeling. The greens and tee boxes were average at best, and at times, below average (compared to almost any course). The layout was not terribly interesting, and there were no memorable, picturesque holes as one may hope to find on a resort/vacation/destination course. Luckily, I received a $30 discount on my tee time, but even with the savings, it'd be tough to recommend this course to anyone visiting the OCMD area. I have only played three other courses in the area, but I would certainly recommend two of them before BTD (Lighthouse Sound and Baywood Greens), and given the choice, I'd play the other one (Man O' War) before returning to BTD as well.

If you can get on this course of $40 or less, it's probably worth it. If you are looking to drop $100+ on a round though, go play Lighthouse Sound (or any of the other course options in the area). I may have caught the course at a bad time, but when it comes to vacation courses, they usually only get one shot to impress the out-of-town visitors.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Over all course review"


u231922637's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2017
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Reviewed on

Very well maintained! Nice place to golf. Very skill challenged course! Fun


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Grizzly, and kodiac"


u379149446's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent conditions, if you like speedy greens, this is the place. Test all aspects of one's game


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


"Course is always well maintained"


Scheffler62's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played Bear Trap Dunes many times. Course is always in great shape and well maintained. The setup offers an enjoyable challenge. Staff was very accommodating in allowing us to move up our tee time significantly so that we could get in round before rain moved in.


I recommend this course


"Good place for Mother's Day!"


u000006747093's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pace of play was great! Staff was nice. Course had been aerated and we were not made aware but it was still ok for the money and we were there to enjoy the nice day!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course and great people"


RBRae's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The only problem with the course itself was that the greens had just been aerated and sanded and were ridiculously difficult to putt on from any angle.

The score card lacked a course layout on it and I found that inconvenient since the golf cart "card" was not very handy to use. Also, for a course like this, there should be a GPS in each cart.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



jjstabers's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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