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4.2
265 Reviews (265)
5 Stars
126
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.0
Value
3.9
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.2
95.0%
Recommend this course
246 out of 265 reviews
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3.9
22 Reviews (22)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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Conditions
3.7
Value
3.4
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
90.9%
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4.0
26 Reviews (26)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
3.8
Value
3.6
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.5
92.3%
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6834 yards
Slope 126
Rating 72.1

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.

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Course Details

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

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

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Delaware (2019 #6)

Reviews

4.2
265 Reviews (265)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 15
Patio Dining 14
Dinner 13
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 28
Water Hazards 23
Undulating Greens 15
This course/club is great for:
Playing Multiple Courses 21
Locals 20
A Weekend Splurge 19
This Course's Location is:
Near Local Attractions 19
At a Resort 15
Worth the Drive 14

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Pace

Somehow a fivesome got in front of us. We should’ve called into the pro shop but tolerated things. When we got in we checked with staff and they said indeed we should’ve called because they would’ve broke the fivesome up.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Course in good condition for the amount of play

The pace of play was excellent and the course was well maintained considering how many players are on the course daily.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

This is a fun, resort style course to enjoy at the beach.

We had a good time. We played the front 9 in 2 hours, but on the back 9 nine our pace was reduced to 3 hours.

As they closed the range as we arrived, the least they could have done is discount our rounds by what a bucket of balls goes for, but that did not happen.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Greens Fees Too High versus Course Condition

I've played Bear Trap Dunes many times over the past 2 years, and have even considered joining the club. However, their escalating initiation fee of $4500 and poor course conditions have turned me away from this happening. The public greens fee rate of $130 is way above the market as well.
In regard to coarse condition, the tee boxes are in horrible shape with many having an issue with some kind of grass disease. Also, the majority of tee boxes on all (3) 9 hole courses are in unacceptable condition and need to be seeded and rotated based on the amount of play they get.
I'm an 8 handicap and have played on equal style courses around the U.S. where course maintenance, especially tee boxes and greens, is much better when you factor in the cost of green fees charged.
In my book Bear Trap is a challenging course that needs professional TLC, maybe a new course superintendent.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Fun Afternoon

I had a n enjoyable round this afternoon. There were no delays and the check in was very efficient. I wish they had the beverage cart in service today.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Previously Played

Not quite up to standard for a resort course in peak season

We played on a Monday afternoon and found minimal operations on a very hot day - range closed, no snack bar or beverage cart, range closed. Took a long time to get beverages in the club house at the turn. Course was challenging and fun to play, greens were a bit beaten up with lots of unrepaired ball marks.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Decent Course

I enjoyed the course overall. However, it was very wet due to the recent hurricane remnants. I liked the layout.
The main issue i had was that the course was not well maintained in areas. The tee boxes were overused so that you were teeing off in dirt or mud. The greens were in great shape and the fairways were between fair to good.

Given the conditions of the course for the price, i would not recommend the course. Drop $30 to $40 and maybe, especially since there were a lot of other courses in the area that were more in the lower price range..

I played Pinehurst #2, and that was a course worth the money.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0

Awful

I could name 15 other courses in the area that are in far better shape at half the cost. I would strongly recommend playing else where. Awful fairways. Tee boxes look like midway par 3 and they are still charging 140+. Absolute joke. Won’t be playing here again

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

Golf with my son

Good time we had a very slow group in front of us but we enjoyed the day

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Nice course but over priced.

The course is in good shape and the layout is fun. Greens were smooth but a little slow. Only negative is the course is over priced.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Walked
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bear Trap Review

Very nice course with three nines. Good condition which will improve as we move into summer. Still some wet areas due to high amount of rain in area lately. Greens fairly large so some putts can be lengthy. Very well maintained at all times.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Got there and no one was there we played but would have like to buy 6 pack for our round but no one was there

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0

Decent course but not worth $130.

It was nice a course but not on the same level as Lighthouse point or Baywood

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Well run and well maintained

Excellent Staff, well maintained course. Pace of play was great. Paired with another twosome who was friendly and nice to play with. No pool noodles but we left the flags in and didn't have to touch much.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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