A sunset view from Black Bear Golf Club.
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3.9
289 Reviews (289)
5 Stars
58
4 Stars
114
3 Stars
50
2 Stars
33
1 Stars
34
Conditions
3.7
Value
3.9
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.9
88.1%
Recommend this course
214 out of 289 reviews
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3.2
6 Reviews (6)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.2
Layout
3.7
Pace
2.7
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
3.5
66.7%
Recommend this course
4 out of 6 reviews
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4.0
22 Reviews (22)
5 Stars
6
4 Stars
13
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.1
Layout
4.2
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.4
90.9%
Recommend this course
20 out of 22 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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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

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in New Jersey (2016 #9)

Reviews

3.9
289 Reviews (289)

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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Crystal spring cancelled

Crystal springs canceled my tee time I would hope that GN will send me back my booking fee

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

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).

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Frost delay

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!

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

Pace of play

Very great course; however, pace of play is very slow. Five hours!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Highly recommend

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

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
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
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
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
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
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 Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great course

Great course in great shape, played well. Only issue was swarming ladybugs on a few holes.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Love the. Purse

I’ve played here a few times this year. The staff is always professional and the. Purse in great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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