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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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
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.
Good course close to home and great and different holes to play!
Course was soaked. Wish the website had posted cart path only. Like the layout. Would play again after it dries out.
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.
Cart path only
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.
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.
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.
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.
Greens were the best I've seen all year. Sand Traps were like concrete.
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.
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!!!