Black Bear Golf Club

3.9978470588 4.0 stars from 5 (407)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7018 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 74.1
  • Layout

  • 24505 Calusa Blvd, Eustis, Florida 32736, Lake County
  • (352) 357-4732
  • (352) 357-4737
  • www.blackbeargolfclub.com
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Year built: 1995
Architect(s): P. B. Dye (1995)
Type: Semi-Private
Style: Links
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: No
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 407 Reviews
5 stars:
109
4 stars:
186
3 stars:
60
2 stars:
33
1 stars:
19

recommend this course

329 out of 406 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for locals advanced golfers a weekend splurge   Challenges include bunkers elevation changes undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining brunch  

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"Zacapa"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The staff is nice and the layout is fine the only problem is that the greens are really small, but all in all it is a nice golf course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Disapointed"


Strickj4's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was a disappointment. Greens not good compared to other courses in area. Could b a great course with better maintenance.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Course in great shape"


smhasham's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Everything was good except 3some ahead of us 2some walking the course which was a bit irritating. If they let us play through we would have enjoyed our round even more. Had to wait almost every hole.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Roughs are thin"


jimmy8913's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Greens were very slow today - equalled the pace of play 4:40 hours. A fairly forgiving course with a few challenging holes - #16 is a great par 5 and the finishing hole is a forced carry over water. No beverage cart or marshal in sight today. Played with two wonderful gentlemen.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Pace too slow"


dobbies's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We have played this course many times, we have never seen a Marshall on the course to help the pace of play.. We had a four ball two groups in front of us that would not allow the group behind them to play through.. \even though they had fallen behind the group in front by having a full hole clear in front of them.. They were in a par four green still putting when the group in front had made it to the putting green on the par five..


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"One of my favorites"


u000002616994's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/07/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Black Bear has a good mix to make things interesting. You need to play the course a few times to get used to how to play it. The approach shots or critical because the greens or small and odd shaped in many cases. Each hole has unique challenges. The course is in pretty good condition. The greens are a tad bit slow and take a little getting used to. The staff here has always treated us very good. The restaurant is good. Always love playing at Black Bear.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Forgotten"


lizdro's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Had been a long time since I had played here...dont know why, thoroughly enjoyed everything about Black Bear, walking into the club house just gives you that feel, "this is going to be fun" it was..very different from the norm, bring every club and just go with everyrhing that Balck Bear has to give. When you are done the bar or deck is defiantly worth having one..enjoy, I did.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Challenging"


JohnnyA1976's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
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Reviewed on

It’s a great course some things different from other courses in Florida hills narrow fairways some greens are small other huge definitely worth trip


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Hills"


u000003032713's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course great layout,if you like hills and valley this is it


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


"Had a Great Day!"


JDDunning's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My partner and I teamed up with another pair at the starters and had a fantastic day with them. They were full of endless jokes and quips! The course itself was in good condition for the time of year. The greens were adequate and the fairways were greening up. Have played this course year after year while staying in Leesburg! Would recommend it to everyone..........


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Slow pace of play"


ucfguy06's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/31/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

When I checked in the man in the pro shop said there would be a starter...there wasn’t.

Because of that the first tee had three groups on it waiting. From there pace of play was atrocious. No marshal, no starter, no one to push play along. The round took four hours and 45 minutes! That is awful.

Course is fun, in great shape, and worth the drive, but not when the pace is that slow. It is beyond frustrating when a course is as busy as that one and no one is there to keep it going and moving.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Pleasant Surprise"


John9144780's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/30/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My first time back to Black Bear in several years. Course is fun to play but used to experience very inconsistent course conditions. Not this time! Track is in very good condition and greens rolled very nice. I live close by and will make this a regular stop.

Only complaint is that I had a tee time and 2 groups that had no tee time were put in front of us. That’s not right. The starter ( don’t remember his name) was very nice though and apologetic.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



ldietzman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/26/2018
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Reviewed on

The course has a challenging layout. The fairways and greens are good, but everything else is brown and dry.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"nice staff"


uLNTF4979LN's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/23/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

staff welcomes you and says have a fun day. the course is in good cond. the greens are a little slow the cart paths are too far from the greens and roped off so you have to be ready to walk steep hills. not to good for any knee problems.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



GunnarMare8977113's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/23/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"OUT OF THE WAY GEM"


mailman2011's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

BLACK BEAR IS ONE OF MY PERSONAL FAVORITES ITS A LITTLE OUT OF THE WAY BUT A SWEET HEART OF A GOLF COURSE. CONDITIONS WERE VERY EVEN THOUGH IT RAINED REALLY HARD THE NIGHT BEFORE . NOT FUN TO PLAY IN WINDY CONDITIONS BUT ITS A BEAUTIFUL COURSE AND FUN TO PLAY.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


Irwin9798472's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/22/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course sry good shape for winter. Greens rolled well.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Simply Put, Central Florida’s Best Golf Value"


TheGolfinGuy's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/19/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

On several holes, finding the fairway off the tee can be easier than at most courses; the mounding and dunes on the peripheries tend to funnel the ball back into the middle. Approaching the green from the short grass is a definite benefit as you’ll need all the help you can get to hit some of the smallest greens in the area. It’s not uncommon to find a green that’s over 150 feet long but only 35 feet wide. Or vice versa. The dunes also serve to isolate each hole, giving you the feeling that your group is the only one on the course. Although this Bermuda rough may not look difficult in its brown, dormant state, it’s cut short and still provides the same challenge.

The greens at Black Bear are a story all to themselves. Collectively, they are probably the smallest greens I have played in Florida. That said, there are a couple that are about 150 feet long, but only 35 feet wide or deep! Like the rest of the course, there’s a lot of undulation in the greens, and they are typically quick.

The par 4, 6th hole is a slight dogleg left that plays 351 yards from the Black Tees. Be sure to avoid the waste bunker on the left that sits well below the fairway, it makes getting on in regulation very difficult. A good drive will leave a short to mid iron approach shot to a well-elevated green and may require an extra club. The green presents a difficult bump and run opportunity; in addition to being elevated, it’s fronted by deep bunkers on either side as well as two in back.

Number 9 has the Dye name written all over it as evidenced by the pot bunker that sits in the middle of the fairway. From the Black Tees, the hole plays 391 yards, so for most golfers the bunker is not in play off the tee, but rest assured, it’s there. Your approach shot needs to carry the green as another massive bunker with a huge lip sits directly in front. Par is a good score here.

The 388 -yard Par 4, Number 10 is another hole that doglegs slightly to the left, daring you to try and cut the corner, however with out of bounds looming down the entire left side of the tee, the risk outweighs the reward. Playing down the right side may add a little length to the hole, but it also provides an easier approach as it takes much of the sand and water on the left side out of play.

At only 107 yards from the Black Tees, number 15 may seem like a pushover but the bunkers and green suggest otherwise. This short hole has no less than 9 bunkers around the green awaiting errant tee shots and the green is over 50 yards long and only 15 yards wide. The undulation in the green also makes for some interesting putts.

The two finishing holes at Black Bear Golf Club not only define the course, they are two of the three hardest holes on the course. Number 17 plays 413 yards from the Black Tees. Hitting a good drive often catches the downslope in the middle of the fairway and leaves a manageable shot into a green that sits about 30 feet above the fairway. Anything left and short is likely to find one of the 4 sand traps that adorn the area.

Water comes into play on Number 18 and dominates the hole. From the Black Tees, anything hit longer than 265 yards is likely wet. The hole is 386 yards long with a bunker in the landing area on the right side. A good drive down the middle will still leave about 140 yards over water into an elevated, long, narrow green with a bunker back right. End your round with two pars or better and there’s a good chance you’re in the money!

Last Word: If your golf course has the name “Dye” associated with it, odds are you’re going to garner some special attention, and rightfully so. P.B. Dye has done an excellent job with Black Bear, taking full advantage of the sandy, rolling terrain. The elevation changes are significant for this part of the state and the elevated greens have you constantly thinking about club selection. There’s plenty of room off the tee which is good, because Black Bear is all about your approach shot. You’re often playing uphill and into odd-shaped greens, many of which are very long yet extremely narrow. There’s also a lot of undulation in them. If you’re going to post a low score at Black Bear, you’ll need to have one of your best days of chipping, pitching and putting.

In the event your highly competitive golf match is tied at the end of 18 holes, Black Bear offers a way to break the tie: The 19th Hole, a short shot over the water to settle the score once and for all. The course allows golfers of all abilities to have some fun and enjoy the challenge of playing a wide open but challenging tournament standard undulating links style layout.

Black Bear’s clubhouse features a pro shop with all of the necessary golf accessories as well as men’s and women’s “Dare the Bear” logoed golf apparel. The restaurant/lounge serves breakfast and lunch as well as all of your favorite libations. They have all of the traditional clubhouse food as well as some not so common items such as Bavarian pretzels with white cheese sauce and gyros. If you’re a chicken wing connoisseur, try their Kennedy sauce, a combination of several other sauces. It has a very interesting taste.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"course is nothing but mounds"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/11/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very poor staff not friendly. Directions of holes coming at each other is unsafe! Dislike course period. I will stay at the courses that I usually play at.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 01/15/2018

Not sure what happened if you had a poor experience with staff, we pride ourselves in our staff. As far holes coming at each other, we have very generous spacing between almost every hole, the errant shot is going to find its way into play of another hole occasionally, that is why you are cautioned to be alert as you play. Sorry the course wasn't what you like, we pride ourselves in our hills and mounds, unlike most of florida courses!


"Very nice course"


u923886022's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Took brother and friend they both liked the course will definitely go back


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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