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Pace
4.1
Amenities
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6848 yards
Slope 125
Rating 71.4

Course Details

Year Built 2007
Fairways Bermuda
Greens Champion Bermuda
Golf Season Year round
Architect Rusty Simmons (2007) Gene Daniel (2007)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire required.

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in North Carolina (2016 #20)

Reviews

4.1
102 Reviews (102)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 16
Forced Carries 16
Water Hazards 16
This course/club is great for:
Locals 22
Seniors 13
Advanced Golfers 12
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 20
Convenient to the City 6

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Played On
Reviews 94
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing

Great course out in the country

I was visiting my in laws in Jacksonville NC for the weekend and my brother in law was excited to take me to this course said it was a great value for the money and he was right. I think it’s $46 on weekends but he had a military ID and gift certificate so we paid less that. Even at $46 I think it’s a decent value. The course is pretty open off the tee. However, it’s also rather long with several par 4 over 400 and a par 5 at 573 yards. The Bermuda rough is pretty thick too. So the length and the rough defend the course. If you keep it in the amble fairways it’s not too difficult. The tees and fairways and rough were all cut and in good shape. The greens were also in good shape. Rolled really smooth and were a good pace not too fast or too slow. I really enjoyed the course and would play it again in a heartbeat next time I’m in the area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice course

We have played here a number of times this past year. Some challenging holes, for me always #10 and #11.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
1.0
Previously Played

Poor rude and laziness

Price is expensive, the golf course marshall was rude and unwilling to help. What I mean is, my brother rented clubs (which were garbage). We get to the third hole, my brother realized that five of his clubs were left handed and he is right handed. I ask the Marshall if he could return the left handed clubs and bring us back right handed, his response was "I don't get paid to do dat". Just like that. Then he says let the next two guys play through. I said we that we are, we are waiting for them to get up here so we can let them play through, Then he says"you shouldn't' be here". And that is why I didn't renew my membership. By the way, me and my brother are very good at golf. My brother still shot a 85 with 7 different right handed clubs. Well bear trail I won't be back there all golf season long.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

First time at Bear Trail but not the last.

Vacationing at Emerald Isle and found this course by using GolfNow. Tried it out on Wed. for $32 and loved it and found it on GolfNow on on Thurs. for $25. What a deal. The course was in great shape. Looks deceivingly easy but was actually quite challenging. Fairways are wide and greens are fast. Staff was friendly and helpful. We will be going back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent Course!

Best value for you dollar, hands down! The course was in pristine condition. All grasses were phenomenal!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great condition

While other courses in the area suffer...BearTrail is in great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best Course in the Area

I have played almost all the course in the area and this is the best bang for your buck. Can't wait to get back there.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Worth the trip

Good, fair set up, excellent greens. Even though we had to play cart path only because of the heavy rains the night before , it was still enjoyable.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice track

Nice course. Decent, easy layout great for recreational "vacation round." Fairways very wide and rough very light so pace of play was great. Our foursome was by no means strong and we finished in 4hr 5min. I used to play several times a week and now play a few times a year and found the course perfect for my "unskill" level.
Greens had been aerated recently and were very slow. A hefty rain the evening prior also softened the course up. Fairways and greens all needed a mow but were perfectly acceptable. All in all a good time and would definitely go back. Just might do so this week!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good spot

Good spot for the price. Does not drain well so we were cart path only.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great value, course was in awesome shape.

Had an 8:10 tee time, trying to beat the heat. We were loaded up and ready to play by 8:00 and the super nice starter let us take off. Had two adults and an 8 year old. We let a couple singles play through but other than that, we hardly saw a person in front of us or behind. Greens and the rest of course was in awesome shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Hidden Gem

What a nice course ticked off the beaten path near Jacksonville NC. The layout is fun, yet challenging. The greens have surprising amount of countor for a flat-land course. I found the round to challenge me from the tips yet seems to be fun for golfers of all levels. Good shots were rewarded, while errant shots could cost you strokes. I will play here again soon.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great course for the price.

Played here several times. Course is always in great shape. Greens had recently been punched when we played and were a little bumpy but normally they are smooth as silk. Course is challenging but not to much so. Had a great time and I will surely be back soon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Local

Greens have had a rough winter but they are working on it. Always a blast.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great experience

One of the best local golf course

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Value +

Good, fun course and an excellent value.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

bear trail

course in great shape. greens smooth, fast and true.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 26
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice Layout

The course was still wet because of heavy rains last week.However, the greens were in very good condition considering it is January.
Looking forward to playing Bear Trail again in the summer.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Nice layout

Nice course layout. Had a lot of rain before we played so course was pretty wet. Would like to go back when it was drier. Very friendly staff.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Alwaysworththedrive

I always enjoy this course. Drive 25 min. to get here, but well worth it. Course conditions are good,and beer and food is inexpensive. 4 hour round despite slow front nine.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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