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3.9
276 Reviews (276)
5 Stars
53
4 Stars
109
3 Stars
49
2 Stars
32
1 Stars
33
Conditions
3.7
Value
3.9
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.8
85.2%
Recommend this course
203 out of 276 reviews
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4.1
9 Reviews (9)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.7
100.0%
Recommend this course
9 out of 9 reviews
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3.7
12 Reviews (12)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
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2
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Conditions
3.3
Value
3.7
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.6
91.7%
Recommend this course
11 out of 12 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Resort
Par 72
Length 6673 yards
Slope 129
Rating 72.4

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.

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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6673 yards 72.4 129
Blue 72 6334 yards 70.7 126
White 72 5883 yards 68.6 123
White (W) 72 5883 yards 74.3 132
Red (W) 72 4785 yards 67.8 120
Scorecard for Black Bear Golf Club at Crystal Springs Resort
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
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
Handicap 9 11 1 5 17 13 7 15 3 8 18 4 2 16 14 12 6 10
Par 4 5 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 36 4 3 4 5 3 4 5 4 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 11 3 5 9 17 1 15 13 7 8 16 10 4 18 14 2 6 12

Course Details

Year Built 1996
Fairways Ryegrass
Greens Bentgrass
Golf Season Open: 3/15 Closed: 12/31
Architect Jack Kurlander (1996) David Glenz (1996)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "David Leadbetter Golf Academy"
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

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Reviews

3.9
276 Reviews (276)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 23
Dinner 10
Patio Dining 10
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 34
Bunkers 29
Narrow Fairways 21
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 32
Advanced Golfers 20
Locals 19
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 25
In the 'Burbs 21
At a Resort 10

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Handicap 15-19
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5.0
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Previously Played

This course is challenging but fair. The greens and fairways were in great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
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4.0
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Previously Played

Soggy

Course does not drain well. Balls being lost in middle of fairway on a couple of holes. Great course when dry

Conditions Average
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Layout Excellent
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Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
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Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Skill Intermediate
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4.0
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Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Little disappointed

Usually black bear is a wonderful course, but today (4/08/2919) fairways not cleaning well, green is terrible so many small hole, I think you need wait to May for playing golf on Black Bear.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Black Bear

Good course close to home and great and different holes to play!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Previously Played

Wet

Course was soaked. Wish the website had posted cart path only. Like the layout. Would play again after it dries out.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Skill Advanced
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2.0
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Previously Played

Not worth the drive

Played here plenty of times in the past. Wasn’t expecting the condition the purse was in. I understand due to a lot of rain, some courses are struggling but to charge $87 for a cow pasture is rediculous. If they would have explained the course conditions before we went out then atleast we could have decided before we went out. Not coming back to this mess. Very disappointed.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0

Cart path only

Couple things;
They didn’t have our foursome in there system for Weds 8/15, they had it for Thursday 8/16.
Fortunately they weren’t that booked so we were able to go out at 2:36 pm
Second it was cart path only , because of the weather in the area past couple days, which I understand but it should be noted on Golf Now, we would have went to another place. Plus we paid for cart but really couldn’t use it. price should have been reduced because of this.
Love Black Bear just wasn’t thrilled with them today.
Thanks

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Need to be accurate off the tee

7:40 am tee time on a Saturday and the pace of play was for us was 4:10.

The fairways are a bit narrow and visually are narrow. If you hit a shot into the trees you’ll be playing another ball. The front seemed tighter than the back.

Number two is protected by water in front and in your shot into he green if you go long, left or right you’ll pay the price. Lots of elevation changes on the course and a few blind shots if your tee shot is a little short.

The bunkers were all raked and in good condition. The sand isn’t deep but I found them easy to hit out of. Greens rolled true without being too fast. Several greens have tiers and it helps to have someone who has played the course before.

The difference between the white and blue tees is material for the par 3’s on the front and the par 5’s.

If you spray the ball you’ll need extras and it will be tough to score well.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Always a pleasure playing here

I've been playing this course for years now, and it's one of my favorite layouts to play. It can be challenging at times, especially if you end up in the rough, and depending on where the pins are placed that day.

That said, you're not going to find a nicer facility or better staff anywhere else. I find this to be true throughout the Crystal Springs complex.

I highly recommend checking this course out, you can't go wrong.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great shape

Course is in great shape. Pace wasn't too bad. My buddy and I were paired up with two nice guys but they were a bit slow. 4 1/2 hours. Should've been 4. But rangers planted in strategic spots helps people move. Excellent value on golf now. We played very early though.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Top Notch

Greens were the best I've seen all year. Sand Traps were like concrete.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good not great

Good course. Layout not spectacular but nothing negative to say. Staff was good. Price was low compared to other crystal springs courses. I would play it again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Absolutely perfect

Course in fabulous shape. Sand traps need more sand.Best conditions i have played on ever. You need Charmin in men's bathroom instead of the sand paper there now.Me and my son had a very enjoyable day on a GREAT COURSE!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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