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46 Reviews (46)
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3 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
1.8
Value
2.9
Layout
3.8
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
3.7
Amenities
2.4
37.5%
Recommend this course
23 out of 46 reviews
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2.3
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Conditions
1.9
Value
3.1
Layout
3.9
Pace
3.9
Amenities
2.4
StaffFriendliness
4.5
40.0%
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4 out of 10 reviews
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2.3
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4 Stars
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Conditions
1.9
Value
3.1
Layout
3.9
Pace
3.9
Amenities
2.4
StaffFriendliness
4.5
40.0%
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4 out of 10 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 6425 yards
Slope 144
Rating 71.8
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Black Bear Golf Club - MI
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Course Details

Year Built 1996
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 10/15
Architect Mark Sauger

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy No
Golf Simulator No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole No

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Reviews

2.3
46 Reviews (46)
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Reviews 1
1.0
Previously Played

Do Not Pay Their Bills

Stiffed local garage door company for new door and maintenance work. No integrity!

Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Mixed emotions

Great value, beautiful views, challenging holes. Disappointed in the menu, lack of beverage cart, very few clothing options overall, none for women. Would have been helpful to have ranger to speed up play. Nineteenth hole great idea for warming up. unfortunately, Rick had to do everything on his own, the bar and the pro shop. He was very pleasant about it and wish he could’ve had some help.
Overall, we enjoyed our time playing and would do it again.

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course is in terrible shape

This course is definitely not worth the money. The greens are half dead, most holes don't have a fairway cut and there are weeds all over the place. The range also wasn't open as they didn't have anyone there to collect balls. The only thing going for it was the lack of people/pace of play. This course has so much potential as the layout is pretty good, but for now save your money and play somewhere else.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course is going downhill

I think the course has an interesting and fun layout. But they seemed to always struggle keeping it green. This year was by far the worst I’ve seen it! Greens were terrible! Most greens were more dead than alive.

The staff has always been very friendly and were the same this time.

But the course isn’t worth the money.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

So much potential

I've read the reviews and they're not as bad as it is made out to be. There is so much potential here, it's silly. Undulating greens. Hills, mounds, forced carries, uphill par 5, etc. Potential up the ying yang. One very bad mostly brown some green green that still putt fine, just ugly.

We played 36 and the sprinklers were on the entire time. Sometimes watering the rough or the woods, but you could see effort was being made.

If the owner decided to invest in a new sprinkling system this course could easily be a 4 star course. Not bad for the $39 all you can golf deal. Worth $49 on GN? Depends on the prices of all of the other local courses. We came specifically for 36 holes on a Saturday and were willing to consider paying somewhere else but decided to go another 18 at Black Bear because it was still a decent enough course.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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 Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0

Conditions are a little rough but still ok for the value

Course was a little rough, greens were spotty, not sure if because covid or what but still playable and good value for the money.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Really?

In short, the fairways are rock hard with no watering. Greens for the most part are bumpy and hard as rocks. Bunkers are not groomed and rock filled. Former ponds are now moon craters with weeds. Other than all of that, pace of play was very good as no one was on it. Layout is still very nice and the staff is trying to some degree to bring the course back.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice Layout, Under Watered

Enjoyed the course layout, but the fairways were underwatered and very hard. Greens were generally ok with some very poor spots. Challenging layout but at times very hard to play due to conditions.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Poor Conditions

the Fairway was like a rough, the rough had not been cut in a while, the greens had not been cut and were very slow with dirt and sand patches. I scored well because it was very dry and there was roll.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Needs a lot of work

We purchased a package off of Group Golfer over the winter for 36 holes plus lunch and a ball marker. Great deal. Then we got to the course...As you drive in you see tee boxes that have dandelions knee high. This used to be a great course, with a great layout, views, and value. This place just needs money. Tee boxes are weed ridden, fairways are barely distinguishable, greens are burnt out and dead. It has the bones of a great track, but sadly its barely a golf course anymore. If you're looking for a cheap round and don't care about how the course is manicured, this is for you. Now I can see why they are not part of the Gaylord Golf Mecca. Hopefully someone buys this place and restores it to what it once was.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Rough Shape

The course is in very rough shape. Fairways are more like a struggling to survive second cut. Greens were very slow and needing to be groomed badly. Hoping they are planning on spending a lot of time(and money) to return to its once great splendor. Very sad to see it in this shape.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Don't bother

What a mess,from the parking lot to the broken down steps that lead to the clubhouse to uncut greens.I would never go there again

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Diamond in the rough.

The course is a fun and challenging. The tee boxes and some greens could be kept up better. Sand traps could be kept up better as well. Great value for the price.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Course is gone........

Bought a group golfer because I had played it in the past. The course used to be solid.
The course is completely gone. Fairways are spotty at best and what grass there is in the fairway has not been mowed in at least a week.
From the tee the fairway is not distinguishable from the rough. Tee boxes are a complete joke. Uncut weeds and very spotty clumps of uncut grass.
The greens are dead in many areas and have not been cut in at least 3-4 days. I would estimate they are rolling at a 5 or less on the stimpmeter.
Bunkers are weeds and rocks. Unplayable.
Do not waste your money. Course is to far gone to come back. Just close it. Seriously.
Pace of play was good due to us being the only ones on the course.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Used cart

dont waste time or money

played memorial day weeekend on a group golfer, me and buddy, course was in bad shape. was told many excuses from irrigation specialist quit , to greens keeper was new and just started, but to give them 3 weeks and they will be back to prime. Returned end of June to find it even worse, bare spots on greeens, Tee boxes over grown, all the lining ripped out of ponds so no water hazards, rock traps instead of sand traps, the weed to grass ratio was 12000 to 1. my dirt road is better manicured then this place now. poor management, and when we complained we were told sorry. will not return unless they pay me to play and review as a courtesy otherwise, too many other options in area.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
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