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5 Stars
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4 Stars
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2 Stars
36
1 Stars
25
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.1
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.0
89.3%
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3.9
50 Reviews (50)
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
26
3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.8
Value
3.9
Layout
4.3
Pace
3.5
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.1
86.0%
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43 out of 50 reviews
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4.1
84 Reviews (84)
5 Stars
31
4 Stars
40
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
4
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.1
90.5%
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Style Links
Par 72
Length 7018 yards
Slope 139
Rating 74.1
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Black Bear Golf Club- Orlando
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 7018 yards 74.1 139
Black 72 6381 yards 71.2 133
White 72 5936 yards 69.3 126
White (W) 72 5936 yards 75.4 134
Green 72 5362 yards 66.8 121
Green (W) 72 5362 yards 72.0 128
Red 72 4768 yards 64.2 116
Red (W) 72 4768 yards 68.1 121
Scorecard for Black Bear Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Bear Paw M: 74.1/139 399 534 189 548 197 378 399 391 426 3461 420 213 414 400 568 141 512 456 433 3557 7018
Black M: 71.2/133 340 489 159 518 172 351 354 363 391 3137 388 192 369 362 538 131 462 409 393 3244 6381
White M: 69.3/126 W: 75.4/134 310 414 135 463 150 311 309 270 371 2733 348 167 311 302 383 91 392 347 288 2629 5362
Green M: 66.8/121 W: 72.0/128 305 414 135 463 150 311 309 270 371 2728 348 167 311 302 383 91 392 347 288 2629 5357
Red M: 68.1/121 W: 68.1/121 305 409 130 458 97 276 299 263 243 2480 318 147 306 297 370 86 387 257 120 2288 4768
Handicap 16 8 10 12 4 6 14 18 2 11 5 13 7 9 17 15 3 1
Par 4 5 3 5 3 4 4 4 4 36 4 3 4 4 5 3 5 4 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1995
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect P. B. Dye (1995)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Golf Simulator No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole No

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire required

Reviews

4.0
534 Reviews (534)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 31
Patio Dining 15
Brunch 12
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 58
Elevation Changes 50
Undulating Greens 46
This course/club is great for:
Locals 39
Advanced Golfers 32
Seniors 18
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 45
In the 'Burbs 27
Convenient to the City 7

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Hot weather

Fun Course with Aerated Greens

It's usually fun golfing at Black Bear, which I have done often over the years, probably close to 100 times. They have treated me well, and their prices are always very decent. This time there was one significant change. Even though I saw on Golfnow no indication of repair work being done, I could not play the back nine as they were punching the greens. I had to golf the front nine, recently aerated, twice. This was not a good situation, and I should have been told about the conditions prior to purchasing my round.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Black Bear

Always a fun course to play. Greens and fairways had been aerified when I played, but they had started to heal and the course still played good.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great links course

Thoroughly enjoyed the course, plenty of bunkers and will be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Too crowded

We waited in line for a half hour before we could tee off. It took another half hour to finish the first hole. We waited on every hole. It took us five and a half hours to play eighteen holes. Greedy

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

worst round possibly ever

So much hype, Dare The Bear, i had a few rewards built up and decided to take my wife to what i told her was an iconic course. we got there was no parking, got to pro shop and was told they had a huge tournament taking place. he said he had 125 players on the course. it took us 3 and a half hours to play 11 holes. we got to 12 there were 5 groups on the hole we made 6. could not stand it any longer,we drove back to club house there were 3 groups on 11 and 10 and 3 groups waiting at turn.There was never a ranger on the course at any point. Went to club house and was told by smart mouthed kid behind the counter that's just what happens sometimes and have a nice day.management should be ashamed of themselves.drove over an hour to get there and will never return will make it a point to tell everyone who ever asks how much this plase sucked. If management is
push for maximum money and incredibly poor customer service than this was a banner day for them.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
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Commented On 04/11/2019

We apologize for you disappointment...the truth being told you showed up 25 minutes late and then you wanted to play as a twosome which obviously will play faster. You where told how busy we were and you still chose to play. Plus you booked as a trade time with Golf Now. Hopefully you will be so encouraged to come and play again and once again we apologize for your inconvenience.

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Bring your short game!

For the locals in Florida this course is really unique. You will not find slopes, mounds, undulation and rolling hills like this anywhere else in central florida. It is truly a unique golf course. Wide open fairways, very little water, lots of bunkers (It's a PB Dye, of course there are lots of bunkers) and line of sight issues off the tee. Several fairways are blind.

To score well here you have to be a precision ball striker or have a really solid short game. Greens are small, firm and elevated with LOTS of slope on most of them. Very difficult to stick greens. Challenging and Fun! Will def come back.

Only downside to the round.. Took 5 hours to complete because we weren't told that there was a tournament going off 15 minutes before our tee-time.. That made it for a VEEERY slow round.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Good challenging course

It has been a while since I played this course, good shape, getting dry, fairways are good, greens are elevated and have steep drop offs make sure you hit it in the middle of the green with some spin, otherwise you are off the back. Good challenge, you need to hit your landing areas to have a good chance. I would play again knowing the course layout better.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very Good course but not easy

There is nothing unfair here but first time players will have difficulty with the mounding hiding the fairway lines. Green surrounds are again fair but difficult. Tee shots fairly simple but lots of fairway bunkering. No water except for last hole. I played with same ball but didn’t score that well too many approayout of position

All staff very friendly and helpful. Definitely worth a trip or two!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Greens were a little slow and grainy .....not sure if mowed ...otherwise I love the layout

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Golf day

Pace was great. Beautiful day to play. Very tricky course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Black Bear Conditions Steady as Always

Greens and layout are the main features that bring me back for every of my visits in central Florida. Staff allowed me to join an earlier group due to lower temperatures and that was much appreciated. There are a few blind shots so it may be wise to leave there driver in the bag on a few holes on the back nine in particular.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good round

Great shape, greens excellent.. 3 1/2 hour round thumbs up!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Interesting course, nice layout. Very mounded and few level lies. Greens were okay, not too fast, but their design was some what contrived. Very small landing spots on several and strange pin locations (#18 green is very silly). Fairways in good condition, tight lies. Many bunkers, several deep.
Liked the course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Nice

No woods, plenty of sand, almost no water except for 18 and not overly long, but still has plenty of defences against easy scoring. The greens are for the most part elevated and quite small and there is usually wind, and the lies are almost never flat because of the rolling hills.
Conditions are good. Fairways were close to excellent, sand is very good, greens although on the slower side roll very well.
Well designed with very distinctive holes and little to no boring back and forth.
Pleasure to play if you like a challenge of sorts.
Perhaps not as scenic as courses like Deer island and Mission inn or Red Tail, but nice.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

real test of golf

tough course on a windy day. course in great shape. Employee behind the till had zero and I repeat zero interpersonal skills.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Tough, Tough Course

Played here 25 years ago or so, and all I could remember was very elevated greens that were hard to hit. My memory is very good, seemingly every green is highly elevated, and shots that are short or to the side roll way down so that you have to flop your chips way up in the air or they won't stay on the VERY TINY GREENS! Greens were very good except one, with some diabolical pin placements. This is not a good course for bad golfers because they will go crazy around the greens and take forever,, but it's a very good course for those with skills who want a steep challenge (pun intended).

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very small greens not receptive to good shots

Nice course. Different for Florida. Greens are small and would not hold a decent shot.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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