Black Bull Golf Course

3.7372588235 3.7 stars from 5 (17)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 73
  • Length: 7342 yards
  • Slope: 142
  • Rating: 75.3
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Singles allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 73 7342 yards 75.3 142
Blue 73 6946 yards 73.1 139
White 73 6536 yards 71.5 130
White (W) 73 6536 yards 77.8 144
Gold 73 5947 yards 69.2 119
Gold (W) 73 5947 yards 74.5 136

Originally opened as a nine-hole course in 1971, Black Bull Golf Resort now offers a total of 27 holes. There is an 18-hole course as well as a nine-hole executive course. Black Bull is conveniently situated only an hour from Edmonton near Pigeon Lake, one of Central Alberta's most popular vacation destinations. It is just far enough from the city to feel like a getaway, a feeling that is enhanced even further by the beautiful mature forests that enclose the golf course. The championship course is challenging enough for avid golfers but it's not overly punishing. The layout features plenty of strategically placed bunkers as well as elevation changes that range from subtle to dramatic. In addition to the championship and executive courses, there is also a driving range lined with mature trees, mimicking the feel of the golf course.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.5 stars from 5
Value: 3.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 2.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 17 Reviews
5 stars:
7
4 stars:
8
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

16 out of 17 reviews


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Reviews


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"Narrow Fairways"


Spyguy7's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Course was in relatively good condition although a few of the greens still require some sunshine. Lots of mosquitoes. Fairways again are very good or bad. Most of the greens seem to be very sloped and are were very inconsistent in speed. Green fees do not include driving range. I also noted there is a total lack of ball washers which for the price should be on every cart. Some of the traps also lacked sand.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Excellent Course, Great Shape, Challenging"


Rocket1313's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Beautiful layout, excellent condition. Tough setup with long rough and challenging pins most times. Purchased a groupon to play here and have gone back since. It's an excellent course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"You have to Play this Course!!"


billy3bogey's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Course is in great shape. Greens Fast, rolled & better than most. Be Smart & play from "Right Tees" or Course will beat & eat you up.<br/> Just a Great Course to Play!!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


Chris8540018's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/27/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

played here 4 times this year and love it !! Cant wait to play it in 2014


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"This course is long and challenging."


dkchin777's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We are (2 some) were very disappointed the the 4 some in front of us would'nt let us play through,had to wait for 5 - 10 mins for them on just about every holes.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/20/2015

But, was the foursome keeping up to the group in front of them? If so, no point in letting anyone play through. Just my humble opinion.


"Bad condition"


Burgardt's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/20/2013
Previously played

Reviewed on

I was going there for a challenge as this course is very hard and I played it in the past. However, this is the worst shape I have ever seen this course in! The greens were burnt, some seemed to be punched and some were not. The fairways had a lot of deadpan, so much that we played winter rules. Tee boxes are like concrete. The course plays tough enough under normal conditions but this was stupid, it will take me a long time to play here again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Lovely course"


Stoner1963's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/19/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We used last minute tee time with golf cart and got a great deal. The lady in the pro shop was not very friendly though as we were running late and apologized .. But got a cold reception. Turned out we were pretty much the only ones on the golf course, no one in from, no one behind. So not sure why she reacted that way? Nice course though, just don't expect a warm reception.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"firm, fast greens. Parkland course, has some length. Choose the proper tees."


ddtw52's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/13/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The tee shot on the first tee gets your attention. In general, course requires an accurate tee shot with woods and some water a challenge. The greens are large, firm and fast. The finishing hole has requires two accurate shots to have a birdie chance.<br/> A very good walking course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Black Bull is a great place to get away from the noise and hustle."


MatrixMan's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/29/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pretty good condition overall. The tee boxes need work, some are fairly worn out.<br/> Greens are in good condition, very receptive to all shots, and putt true. A little on the slow side, however I think that is the trade off that makes them receptive.<br/> It looks like there is a brush cleaning program started on many of the heavily tree lined fairways. This will certainly make for more enjoyable rounds for a wider range of golfers due to the relatively tight holes on about half the course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A hidden, challenging gem"


Budfan's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/14/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Black Bull is a wonderful and fair test of golfing skills for golfers at all levels. The course has been artfully sculpted out of the trees in the quiet and picturesque area surrounding Pigeon Lake. There are a few rather bland and straightforward holes on the course, although they are more than compensated for by the rest of the holes that present golfers with a unique and beautifully challenging golf experience. I couldn't say the course was pristine, for some of the tee boxes were in need of work. However, the greens and fairways are lush, very well maintained, and the turf on the entire course is wonderfully soft and dense.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course to play for all handicaps."


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/8/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had played this course years ago and forgotten how great it is.They offer 4 tee locations so it accomidates all handicaps. Also the conditions were great, and they have some holes that make you think not just grip it and rip it. I will definitely be back before the seasons over.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Price was right"


makjeev's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/05/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Paid really good price from Golfnow for two golfers and cart. Course was in very good shape with many challenging holes.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not for the faint of heart"


Coastwalker's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Alberta Advisor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a difficult track with very narrow fairways and trouble around most corners. Long hitter may want to leave their drivers<br/> in the bag. Local knowledge or a good GPS would be an asset. The greens were fast and tricky and well maintained. There was no marshal on course and while our round was not unduly slow it did not move at a steady pace as the threesome ahead lagged quite far behind the group ahead.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Challenging course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course offers a bit of everything, some narrow fairways, water and sand hazards. Excellent shape! Challenging greens.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great value for the cost"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/13/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is very challenging playing 6,400 yds from the white, 6,900 form the blues and 7,300 from the tips. Tight fairways that are tree lined and water comes in play on 11 holes. The course condition is very good with the greens in excellent shape. The layout is very good using the natural terrain of hills and mounding. This is quite a picturesque course and is well worth the visit. Very good value for the money. We play it a couple of time a year as we golf all over Alberta and play many courses each year.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"This couse is very tight!"


casey1954's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/16/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Use caution this course can bite you! It has very suttle greens and you must be carefull!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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