Black Bear Golf Club
Black Bear Golf Club is part of the Crystal Springs Resort, which offers six other courses, though, it's hard to remember they're connected since they each offer a distinct character and look. Unlike Ballyowen and Crystal springs, two of the resort's most well known courses, Black Bear has more of a parkland layout. The course tumbles across rolling hills covered with trees, which come into play along the undulating fairways and greens. Water only comes into play on three holes but there are a whopping 65 bunkers coming into play. It's challenging but not frustrating. Both low and high handicappers will enjoy not only the golf course but also the beautiful scenery. Black Bear is one of the best values in the area and has garnered a strong local following.
|White (W)||72||5883 yards||74.3||132|
|Red (W)||72||4785 yards||67.8||120|
|Black M: 72.4/129||384||506||445||406||195||566||204||343||441||3490||382||148||385||555||164||275||496||389||389||3183||6673|
|Blue M: 70.7/126||369||484||422||396||185||535||193||311||420||3315||360||143||370||528||154||255||480||357||372||3019||6334|
|White M: 68.6/123 W: 74.3/132||349||451||394||386||158||500||142||295||400||3075||335||123||350||496||137||230||455||340||342||2808||5883|
|Red W: 67.8/120||240||382||329||310||120||437||122||251||305||2496||266||103||335||366||111||164||380||267||297||2289||4785|
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Black Bear course
Extremely overpriced and unfriendly staff. The starter demanded to search my cooler upon arrival. There was also a marshall standing off the fairway on the 5th hole who scolded me for driving the cart too close to the other fairway. His walkie talkie was extremely loud when I was trying to hit. He was angry and confrontational for no particular reason. This place would be alot better if they hired a better staff.
Surprisingly nicer than expected
I played Black Bear last Thursday. The course was very nice...nicely manicured tees, fairways, greens and rough. I was pleasantly surprised because I had just played Wild Turkey the week before and Black Bear was described as a lesser quality course..but at $55 instead of $80 or $85 for such a nice course was a bargain. The pace was reasonable, we were told the round should take about 4.5 hours...pretty much my limit for a round but we finished in closer to 4.25 hours. Free driving range balls included was a nice bonus. The only problem that really detracted from the quality of the round is that I went out as a single and was matched w 2 of the worst players I ever played with which really ruined the round. They must have shot 120 to 130 taking 2-3 shots to reach the fairway on every hole. I wonder if there is a way to avoid that? I would like to be able to go out as a single or a twosome and not be paired w people that bad. I was working with Tyler and the membership people and thinking about joining but then had second thoughts because of this unenjoyable experience. I know this can be a challenge w public or semi public courses but wonder if the golf concierge service could help eliminate this problem... Playing Wild Turkey again tomorrow, I hope playing the more expensive course will help to elevate this problem
I mean It's a public course. It should be for anyone. The only way to get better is to keep playing.. Plus black bear is good for beginners If you don't like playing with high handy capers I suggest the following public courses around NJ,NY
Beth page black
A better starter would have seen that and modified. But, you also played a weekday which is when the high handicappers should play as to not put a huge cog in the works.
great to be out
Wonderful view, great staff, greens and fairways in great condition. Will be back!
A decent round at a decent price
Booked through golfnow. First tee time of the day. Paired with 3 guys. Pace was great. Conditions were pretty good, if maybe a little wet in spots but overall I thought it was at or close to the best I've seen this course. Not a huge difference between white and blue - about 450 yard and on some holes less than 10 yards. I played blues but if you're not a big hitter (like me), you might enjoy it a lot more from the whites. It's good decent course in this area that isn't as high as some of the other Crystal courses or local nice courses (Bowling Green, Berkshire valley).
There was a 2hour frost delay because they book tee times at 7:00 knowing there is a very good chance for a frost delay causing 5-5 1/2 hr rounds!
The course was in immaculate condition. I highly recommend you play this course. The staff was great and they were out on the course to make sure you kept up the pace of play
This course is challenging but fair. The greens and fairways were in great shape.
Course does not drain well. Balls being lost in middle of fairway on a couple of holes. Great course when dry