A sunset view from Black Bear Golf Club.
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4.0
313 Reviews (313)
5 Stars
65
4 Stars
128
3 Stars
52
2 Stars
34
1 Stars
34
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.0
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.9
85.5%
Recommend this course
235 out of 313 reviews
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4.1
24 Reviews (24)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
2
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1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.2
Layout
4.2
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.4
87.5%
Recommend this course
21 out of 24 reviews
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3.9
26 Reviews (26)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
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2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.0
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.2
80.8%
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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

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks, Restaurant, Beverage Carts

Available Facilities

Showers, Lockers

Accolades

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

Reviews

4.0
313 Reviews (313)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 24
Dinner 11
Patio Dining 11
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 35
Bunkers 30
Narrow Fairways 22
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 33
Advanced Golfers 21
Locals 20
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 26
In the 'Burbs 21
At a Resort 10

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Conditions Excellent
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Black Bear

Good day played well and course was in good shape again , played here 7 times this year and course has been the same , pleasure to play here , thx TSW

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 27
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
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Perfect weather
Used cart

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Tee time was 12:57 started 1:08 just fine.
but have to wait almost every holes.

Oh my god finished 6:35 play 5 and half hours.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Reviews 60
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing

It was okay

Honestly wasn’t an awful course. Most of my frustration was pace of place and who we were paired with. Staff was super friendly and gave us a quick layout before we went. Got paired with a single that really had no etiquette, but that’s for later. The course is in good shape and had an interesting mix of holes. 13 was crazy narrow, but that was the story of most holes on this course. Mountain courses aren’t for me, but anyway. I liked the downhill par 3 that was 110 yards. Made you think of which club a few times.

Now to the pace of play. It was backed up bad. We played a 5 hour round mid day on a weekday and that’s crazy. It had just rained so 8 holes were cart path only which is understandable, but on a normal basis 6 holes are cart path only. That really slowed down play. The person we were paired up with was a nice guy but he really annoyed me. Pocket dropped a ball on every hole, drove off when people still needed to tee off and picked up any ball he found, even if it was from our own group. That’s not the courses fault but it was just annoying .

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Nice course

Black Bear be is a moderately challenging golf course. It has really nice surroundings. The course is well maintained and the staff is very accommodating.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Solid Course, Dont Sleep

This course belongs to the "Crystal Spring Resort" group of course. The course is in great condition, aside from the bunkers (given covid its fine). Tee boxes, fairways and greens are exactly what you want when you get out there. Some of the holes are tight and some are open, as you can see from the photos of #4 and #13 I posted. Course definitely requires you to think a lot as far as position and what you should be hitting off the tee. There is a decent amount of elevation change as well, this course is not walkable. Pin placement on a Sunday was a little aggressive for recreational golf but I enjoyed my round despite the rain. My only drawback is the layout can be confusing as the group in front you will constantly be driving past you due to having to U-turn on some of these holes and go back up a hill to the next tee box. I will be back with out question. Definitely a viable option for 75$ @ 7am when the other resort courses were 175 and 150 for around the same time. Dont sleep on Black Bear, this is a great track.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Used cart

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

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 08/10/2020

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
Ballyowen
Ballamor
Heron Glenn
Architects
Wild Turkey
Crystal Springs
Neshanic Valley
Beth page black

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Commented on 07/27/2020

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.

Played On
Reviews 30
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

great to be out

Wonderful view, great staff, greens and fairways in great condition. Will be back!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 35
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 35
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 118
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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
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