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4.4
247 Reviews (247)
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.2
Value
4.1
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
94.9%
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229 out of 247 reviews
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3.5
4 Reviews (4)
5 Stars
2
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Conditions
3.5
Value
3.3
Layout
3.0
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
3.5
75.0%
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3 out of 4 reviews
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4.4
27 Reviews (27)
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.1
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.6
96.3%
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26 out of 27 reviews
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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

Accolades

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

Reviews

4.4
247 Reviews (247)

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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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
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Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
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Plays Once a month
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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
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Overpriced

For the amount they charge. It’s no where near that in value. I would look to play on another course. Not a fan of the lay out or the staff.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
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Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
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5.0
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Great place to play. Very friendly staff.

Very friendly and helpful staff. Great practice areas. Course was in very good shape even after some heavy rain in the days before. Still some soft wet spots as expected . The greens rolled very nicely.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 18
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Taking good care

I have played these three nines many times over the years and I have to say course conditions were very good. The folks managing the courses accommodated several semi-large groups including a 12 some wanting a nine hole replay without disturbing the rest of the players out on the course. It took us a little over 4 hours to complete the round There was some waiting but not bad. 19th hole is great. Lots of TVs inside for watching sports and outside the patio has a beautiful view. Check GOlf Now for special prices, they change often. And beware the Oceanview PD speedtraps. Recently I was over the speed limit for all of ten seconds and they pulled me over like I was John Dillinger. Way over-reacted and wrote me a whopping ticket. Very unhappy about this. I think twice about going through Oceanview anymore.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Disappointed

We have played Bear Trap several times , when vacationing in the area. This year the conditions on the course were not good. The normally plush fairways were pretty torn up. Many bare spots and very thin overall. In addition, we had made a reservation ahead of time, arrived early, but some pushy guy came along and insisted that he get out on the course. They let them go out ahead of us! We didn’t appreciate that.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Miscommunication between golfnow and course.

Course told me golf now wanted them to collect fee at course and fee was charged by golfnow direct. They honored the email confirmation and did not charge me.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
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 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Gerry

Good vacation option. Not difficult. Plays quickly. Good bar. No issues here and will go again.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Bear down!

Played Grizzly and Kodiak 9s. Greens were in excellent shape. Very friendly and professional staff, finished 18 holes just under 4 hours.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

My opportunity to play one round on a family vacation

We had heavy thunderstorms in the afternoons prior to the day playing Bear Trap. Course was very wet in the fairways, and cart path only. Greens and tee boxes were in great shape. No fault of the course, just dealing with late summer weather. Staff was fantastic, very friendly and helpful. The course was a nice variety of holes and scenery. Played as a single and was paired with another single and a double who were great to play with. Very enjoyable day. Thanks.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great layout

Even after a night of rain and cloudy skies the course was in great shape.

Many holes are straight aways; however, the dunes, sand traps and pin placements made the course challenging and fun to play. The greens were in great condition after one of the hottest weeks of the year and a night of heavy rains.

The benefit of having three 9-hole courses allows for Bear Trap Dunes to control the pace of play - I played the Kodiac and Black Bear 9s. I was in a twosome and we had a two hole buffer between the next group.

The staff was friendly and I will be returning.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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