Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club - Grizzly/Kodiak Course
Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club in Ocean View is conveniently located just three miles west of Bethany Beach along the Eastern Shore. The club offers 27 championship holes that are divided into three different nines, Grizzly, Kodiak, and Black Bear. The holes are played in three different combinations. Each nine has a unique character but every course shares winding bentgrass fairways lined with native wetland grasses and a landscape of sandy dunes and grassy hollows. The Grizzly/Kodiak Course is the shortest of the three combinations but it still has the same level of challenge. Strategically placed bunkers come into play along the oversized greens and water hazards also come into play on a few holes There is an interesting variety of holes that each require a different strategy.
|Gold M: 71.8/125||434||541||350||163||425||387||423||184||534||3441||363||410||541||153||382||365||550||202||427||3393||6834|
|Blue M: 69.7/121||393||521||330||154||401||360||397||172||511||3239||345||385||512||133||369||340||522||175||406||3187||6426|
|Blended M: 68.2/116||360||477||330||154||356||360||357||158||481||3033||345||349||474||133||325||340||522||142||367||2997||6030|
|Club M: 67.2/113 W: 73.6/131||360||477||297||134||356||325||357||158||481||2945||313||349||474||115||325||304||483||142||367||2872||5817|
|Red W: 70.0/120||328||432||276||108||336||275||316||130||413||2614||286||317||440||95||296||281||461||108||310||2594||5208|
The set up was crazy! The front Kodak course only had forward tees and a combo tee that was moved all the way up. Waaay to short. Most of the par 4 left me with half wedges into green. Course was in ruff shape after winter but loved the layout and staff was nice and friendly
The back 9 was black bear where all tee boxes was available, I played from the back tees to make up for the short front. That 9 was in better shape but not as pretty as the other one. Great value
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
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
Wonderful and a real value!
Great rates on golf now they have three 9 hole courses all super !
Can’t best the deal
Nice 27 hole layout and super staff ....restaurant super too....our favorite at the beach!
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.
Staff was great, speed of play was great and course was in good condition, fairways were excellent and green rolled nice.
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.
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.
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.
Great conditions. Unfortunate cart path only which made a hot day hotter with club selection a chore and high scores inevitable
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great Price for play
Nice course and used golfnow for excellent price. No complaints at all
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.