Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club - Kodiak/Black Bear Course

4.1037000000 4.1 stars from 5 (202)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6853 yards
  • Slope: 130
  • Rating: 72.4
  • Layout

  • 7 Clubhouse Rd, Ocean View, Delaware 19970, Sussex County
  • (302) 537-5600
  • (302) 537-7947
  • www.beartrapdunes.com
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Year built: 2001
Type: Public
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bent Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Singles allowed: No
Dress code: Proper Golf Attire at All Times. Please, No Jeans or T-Shirts
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 6853 yards 72.4 130
Back 72 6377 yards 70.1 126
Club 72 5748 yards 67.3 120
Forward 72 5074 yards 69.1 118

Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club sits along the Eastern Shore, sprawling across a scenic landscape of coastal dunes and grassy hollows. There are 27 championship holes at the club that are played in three different 18-hole combinations. The nines, Grizzly, Kodiak, and Black Bear, are all different though they share many of the same features including winding fairways lined with native wetland grasses and oversized greens flanked by strategically placed traps. The Kodiak/Black Bear combination follows the natural contours of the coastal terrain, fully utilizing the ample sand dunes that cover the landscape. There is also plenty of water that comes into play throughout. All three golf courses at Bear Trap Dunes are challenging but they are fair and player friendly enough to appeal to a wide range of skill levels.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 202 Reviews
5 stars:
92
4 stars:
82
3 stars:
22
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

185 out of 202 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is near local attractions at a resort worth the drive   Great for playing multiple courses a weekend splurge locals   Challenges include bunkers water hazards undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining dinner  

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alfreddupuy's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Bdon115's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Bear Trap is no trap if you book online."


Shawn4064510's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2018
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Reviewed on

Course has just gone through some drainage renovations which made for very good conditions. I have played in the past when it was too wet, though even with a lot of rain lately, I found the condition of the course to be more than adequate. Greens were true and fairways were plush.

I have always like the course, and at only 6980 yards from the tips it makes for a pleasant round. All but one of the par 5 holes are reachable from tips with two solid shots and the long par 4 holes make up for it. I recommend grizzly and Black Bear.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Mediocre at best"


Sanderspt27's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

One would think that at $100+ per round at peak and $65 at twilight, the course would be something. It unfortunately was not. Staff was great. Visual of the club house and community was awesome. The course itself was fair or slightly below. Fairways were beat up with divots, burn spots throughout and tee boxes that were spongy. It was a clear hot day, can't imagine the boxes with some moisture. My take away is that this course really does not want guests to play here... They want their members and thus the really high price for guest play. At max, this is a $45/round course. If you are thinking of dropping anything near $100, go play Bayside which is close by. Layout and flow are similar in terms of ease but quality is significantly better.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Good outing"


John3023359's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Weather temp was great. A little windy. Course was in good shape. They had had plenty of rain. Greens varied a bit from slow to very slow. Pace of play was good. I played Kodiak and Black Bear from the whites which required a 5 wood off the tee several times. That's OK. I guess the one thing I don't like is when the staff acts a little snobby. I don't know where that comes from but it is consistent over the years I have played here.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Price for play"


u000005210384's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course and used golfnow for excellent price. No complaints at all


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice warm up course"


jcech344's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I play Bear Trap Dunes several time a year. On this day it was 2 days after a violent thunderstorm and heavy downpour. Whiel it was cart path only, I was impressed that course conditions were good. Greens were expectedly slower than normal and soft.

Today I played Grizzly/Kodiak (there are 27 holes). Kodiak is the weakest 9 and when I made the turn from Grizzly, it was backed up and insufferably slow. When I asked if I could play Black bear which had NO one on the tee, the staff said no. I felt this was arbitrary and only irritated me.

This is a links style course with a good layout. Today they moved the tees forward which I find annoying but a common practice on resort courses. I played from the listed distances for the blue tees (6300 yds) otherwise I would have dropped at least 500 yds off.

I also noticed that Troon (who manages the course) has let many of the more out of play bunkers go to seed and as a result it gave the course a tired and poorly maintained look.

Still a worthwhile course to have an enjoyable round.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Slow play ...... but course in good shape"


Roger9458896's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2018
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Slow play was horrible ... otherwise course in very good shape ... enjoyed the round but 5-1/4 hours is too long


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"No aeration warning"


landis's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a good layout that's in good condition. When the wind is up it is very challenging. The staff is friendly and helped move around some slower players in front of at the turn. Never saw a marshal though. My main gripe is that there was no warning on the Golf Now website that the greens had just been aerated. I'm putting this down to the course since other courses on the site had one. Other than that, I reccomend it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course




3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2018
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Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Great End of vacation course"


trek3129's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

excellent 27 hole course. bothchallenging and in great condition.do not do a trip to Ocean City, MD. without stopping here. you will not regret it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



mc06143's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



Archie6346602's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"Great hidden gem"


James4030571's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For the price and time of year it was an exceptional expirence


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Spongy Course"


stanlda2's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was very spongy. Very uneven lies in the fairways due to soft spongy ground.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



Wfeuer1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/24/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u1316462's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/20/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Consistent"


HeathMartin's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Consistent

Another great round with consistent tee boxes, fairways, greens and amenities. There's a reason it's one of my favorites.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"This Trac is a homerun"


u000003799733's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/03/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For the $ this is a nice golfcouse. 27 holes place of play was outstanding. Finished the round in under 4 hrs


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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