Black Bear Golf Club

3.9866882353 4.0 stars from 5 (258)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6673 yards
  • Slope: 130
  • Rating: 72.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Simulator: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
championship/black 72 6673 yards 72.2 130
middle/blue 72 6334 yards 71.0 127
other/white 72 5883 yards 67.8 124
other/white (W) 72 5883 yards 70.9 123
forward/red (W) 72 4785 yards 67.7 116

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 258 Reviews
5 stars:
49
4 stars:
98
3 stars:
48
2 stars:
30
1 stars:
33

recommend this course

186 out of 253 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs at a resort   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers locals   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers narrow fairways   Great for drinks dinner patio dining  

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Tdunn60's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Absolutely perfect"


William7492166's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/17/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Black Bear Golf October 2017"


NJGolfr's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/17/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Black Bear Golf Course was in great condition this past Tuesday. Greens were slightly fast and pin location was challenging on several holes. As the season begins to wind down you can expect frost delays for the earlier starts. Sand traps varied in depth and greens were susceptible to ball marks due to their softness but easily repaired. All of the staffing were very helpful and friendly. Looking to return soon.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Foggy but beautiful"


spoofman's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

When you are playing good - nothing can be bad about the course or the round of golf. I went out as a single and was matched with 3 gentlemen (and I don't use the term lightly). Despite them having a tough round they were more than happy to point me in the right direction (they had played the course before - I had not) and they cheered my "success" - shooting an 84 on a course I had never played before is something that has never happened to me. Although the conditions were wet from fog and early morning dew (we were the 2nd group out), the practice greens were the same conditions and contributed highly to my success. There is a driving range that was available also (included in price of round is small bucket) and the staff turned on the lights for the pre-dawn warm-ups. I've only played Crystal Springs in this group of courses before and will definitely be back! The only thing better would have been if I got a discount - will scour GolfNow for that :)


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great round of golf"


sziem's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Twice a year

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was challenging and very well maintained. I would highly recommend this course to my friends


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Solid challenging track, moderately narrow fairways"


Luckyshank's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
New York Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Always nice playing a course operated by Crystal Springs. Consistent great course conditions under their operation. Staff was friendly and helpful. Tee times were spread wisely and rangers actually come around to enforce pace of play. Tee boxes and fairways were lush and greens at almost full recovery from aeration almost two weeks prior. Not a very long course but narrow fairways and many elevation changes will challenge ball striking in accuracy and distance control. Despite my threesome got stuck playing behind a foursome, our round was 3 hours and 50 minutes. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Awesome time at the SC sheriffs outing!"


Traceygolfnj's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Although some holes are cart path only, we had another great time at the bb golf course. The greens are in great condition and the fairways were maintained. They got rid of the orange carts and spent some money on the ezgoes! They even have a USB port. Staff was friendly and everyone was more then helpful. Even the rangers were friendly and helped us watch where some of our shots went. Kudos to the CS team!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Again"


u714745920's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is the third time I got to the course and the tee time was pm instead of am and I am positive I made an am tee time so I didn't get to play the course or that day for that matter 7 am is hard to find a nearby tee time. So now golf now let me down 3 times


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Best course around"


mgrace1990's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

You're not going to find a more well maintained, beautiful course! A fun and challenging course. Doesn't get better than that!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"in beautiful hilly country, this is an ugly course"


morais24's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Don't get me wrong. The course is reasonably well maintained. Tees, fairways and greens were all in at least average shape or better. But there is something lacking in the aesthetics of this course. The signature hole (7) a par 3 over water. Well the water is this murky shade of grey probably left over from some mining activity and the backdrop are all these high voltage electric lines that run straight thru the heart of the course. And the design seems very forced. Many times you can't park your cart near the green and sometimes you have to double back over the same cart path to get to the next hole. It is not hilly really since you are going along the valley but the sides of every hole seem to be hilly. And the course always seems to be parched in the areas that the sprinklers don't reach since i guess all the water runs down to the valley. I guess i would play here again if it were the only option but, for a resort course, it gives you the feeling you are on a muni.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Great layout"


idaein's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/18/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course a challenge for every level of player


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Ok but.."


bizloanman1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/18/2016
Previously played Used cart Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First - I like the course design and the facility. Very scenic.

But I was annoyed with the pace of play and the requirement this day for cart path only as the course was dry and "cart path only" very much degrades the pace of play.

Good value for the money. Some par 4s are short which gives thought to something but the drive which is good.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great course"


alomboffd's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/11/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If your in the area you should play here some challenging holes


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Black Bear Review"


harben's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good course; fair value. This is the least expensive course in the Crystal Spring group.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Perfect day !"


u000007594178's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great round, perfect day, greens just aerated only issue , otherwise beautiful course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


Naftali9063056's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The only issue I had was that the greens had just been aerated and were in pretty rough shape. However, The price for the day was heavily discounted for this reason. Might be worth avoiding when they're going their work.

This is a beautiful course with challenges from changing elevations and narrow fairways. On a busy day, the pace was pretty good.

The only other complaint is that the bunkers were in terrible shape. More rocks and dirt than sand. Some were like hitting off concrete.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"BEAUTIFUL COURSE !"


TREBORXTR's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

One of the NICEST courses around the North Jersey area FOR SURE !! Course was in almost PRISTINE CONDITION - fairways, greens, tee boxes were all in FANTASTIC shape. The only SLIGHT complaint is the BUNKERS ! Not much sand at all in them so you were basically hitting off of HARD PACKED DIRT ! I've seen this A LOT playing here AND in Pennsylvania so I guess making sure there's sand in the bunkers must be a lot more EXPENSIVE then you think !


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Golf"


u000004262051's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pace of play was really great played in 4hours. All player assistance employees were very helpful when needed.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"HORRIBLE tee sheet management"


Gioguy21's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

11:57 tee time -- tee'd off at 12:20 thanks to an outing going on that they tried to put 4somes out in between gaps...we pulled into the clubhouse after 18 holes at 5:15. completely unacceptable.

we should've been given a free drink at least to ease the pain.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Where is the sand?"


Dan6766886's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course but another year that the crystal springs resorts has forgotten that sand goes in the traps!!! Nothing but dirt and rocks...horrible. Might as well make them grass traps. Guess if we keep giving them money they don't care what material it is


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course



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