Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club - Black Bear/Grizzly Course

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4.3
213
5 Stars
100
4 Stars
85
3 Stars
22
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.1
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
91.1%
Recommend this course
196 out of 213 reviews
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4.8
5
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
1
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.8
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
5.0
100.0%
Recommend this course
5 out of 5 reviews
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4.4
25
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.2
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.6
88.0%
Recommend this course
22 out of 25 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6901 yards
Slope 130
Rating 72.7

Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club boasts 27 holes of championship golf that are situated on a scenic stretch of coastline, just a few miles west of Bethany Beach. The holes are played in three different 18-hole combinations that tumble across sandy dunes and grassy hollows. The natural contours of the coastal landscape largely determined the movement and flow of all three nine-hole courses. The nines, Grizzle, Kodiak, and Black Bear, all have winding fairways bordered by native wetland grasses and lush, oversized greens that boast some of the best conditions on the Eastern Shore. The Black Bear/Grizzly combination is the longest of the three golf courses. Not only does the coastal terrain provide many natural hazards, including several water features, there are also strategically placed bunkers with which to contend.

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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 6901 yards 72.7 130
Back 72 6429 yards 70.4 126
Club 72 5821 yards 67.7 121
Forward 72 5094 yards 69.4 121
Scorecard for Black Bear/Grizzly
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 72.6/131 358 441 200 508 363 557 175 434 424 3460 434 541 350 163 425 387 423 184 534 3441 6901
Blue M: 70.0/123 315 405 190 482 328 516 159 413 382 3190 393 521 330 154 401 360 397 172 511 3239 6429
Blended M: 68.4/117 315 371 152 482 328 496 159 340 382 3025 360 477 330 154 356 360 357 158 481 3033 6058
Club M: 67.1/115 W: 73.7/133 288 371 152 458 302 496 159 340 343 2909 360 477 297 134 356 325 357 158 481 2945 5854
Red W: 69.6/118 241 311 129 400 271 424 114 296 294 2480 328 432 276 108 336 275 316 130 413 2614 5094
Handicap 18 2 12 8 16 4 14 6 10 5 7 13 17 3 11 1 15 9
Par 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4 36 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 18 2 12 10 14 8 16 6 4 3 5 13 17 1 11 9 15 7

Course Details

Year Built 2001
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Rick Jacobson (1999) Rick Jacobson (2001)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Dress code Proper Golf Attire at All Times. Please, No Jeans or T-Shirts

Reviews

4.3
213

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 15
Patio Dining 14
Dinner 13
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 27
Water Hazards 22
Undulating Greens 15
This course/club is great for:
Playing Multiple Courses 20
A Weekend Splurge 19
Locals 19
This Course's Location is:
Near Local Attractions 19
At a Resort 14
Worth the Drive 14

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5.0
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First Time Playing

Good course.

Got a good deal under 20 bucks. Very cold today mid 30s. Three nine hole courses. I’d go back to try the one I we didn’t play. Lots of sand traps some water. Fair challenge

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Best value at the beach using Golf Now.

Played 2ce this week using Golf Now. Closed out 2018 and started 2019 at Bear Trap Dunes. Great time. Looking forward to coming back

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

Wonderful and a real value!

Great rates on golf now they have three 9 hole courses all super !

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

Can’t best the deal

Nice 27 hole layout and super staff ....restaurant super too....our favorite at the beach!

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

Nice layout

Great pace of play, finished in 3 1/2 hours. Shame that other golfers don't fix their ballmarks or fill in their divots. Attractive course that has an interesting layout. Lots of water to penalize you with errant shots.

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

Bear Trap

Staff was great, speed of play was great and course was in good condition, fairways were excellent and green rolled nice.

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

Traps, Water and Dunes

Today was misty and windy, so there were few golfers. I got a great rate through GolfNow. The 3 nines are similar (see review title), and the three tee options make it playable for everyone. It’s fairly easy if you keep drives in the fairway. This course gets too much play from golfers who don’t take care of it - the fairways had so many divots and the greens had ball marks.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Can't Control the weather

It rained for about an hour before i tee'd off so the course was very soggy and cart path only. The course is fun. I'd say it plays short, even from the blue tees. It is narrow though so you have to be accurate off the tee and if you are, you normally have a wedge or short iron in.

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

Great venue

Conveniently located, courteous staff, pace of play was excellent (under 3 1/2 hours). Greens were in great shape, the layout was challenging. Overall a great experience and I'll definitely come back.

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

Great conditions. Unfortunate cart path only which made a hot day hotter with club selection a chore and high scores inevitable

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Fair course in very good condition

I arrived almost an hour early and the starter was very accommodating in getting me on the course immediately. I finished 18 holes in 3 1/2 hours. The course was in good shape and the greens were in excellent condition.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bear Trap is no trap if you book online.

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Mediocre at best

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.

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

Good outing

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.

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

Great Price for play

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

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Nice warm up course

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.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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

Slow play was horrible ... otherwise course in very good shape ... enjoyed the round but 5-1/4 hours is too long

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
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