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