A sunset view from Black Bear Golf Club.
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3.7
296 Reviews (296)
5 Stars
59
4 Stars
118
3 Stars
51
2 Stars
34
1 Stars
34
Conditions
3.7
Value
3.8
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.8
82.1%
Recommend this course
219 out of 296 reviews
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3.2
9 Reviews (9)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.7
Value
3.2
Layout
3.7
Pace
3.2
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
3.0
55.6%
Recommend this course
5 out of 9 reviews
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3.8
17 Reviews (17)
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
7
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.0
Value
3.9
Layout
4.1
Pace
3.2
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
3.9
76.5%
Recommend this course
13 out of 17 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

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks, Restaurant, Beverage Carts

Available Facilities

Showers, Lockers

Accolades

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

Reviews

3.7
296 Reviews (296)

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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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 3
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 9
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 15
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 15
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 98
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 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
Played On
Reviews 26
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
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
Reviews 98
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
Reviews 13
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
Reviews 7
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
Reviews 7
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
Reviews 98
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
Reviews 3
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
Reviews 7
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
Reviews 6
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
Reviews 7
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
Reviews 1
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
Reviews 1
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
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