Black Bear Golf Club
|Gold (W)||72||5280 yards||71.7||134|
|Red (W)||72||4535 yards||68.0||118|
|Black M: 71.8/144||360||207||419||361||538||130||512||338||346||3211||381||537||198||362||354||489||144||378||371||3214||6425|
|White M: 69.2/130||331||175||362||322||501||114||458||304||315||2882||357||509||176||324||330||437||114||351||334||2932||5814|
|Gold W: 71.7/134||295||159||339||297||463||103||404||269||288||2617||344||472||154||300||292||407||95||310||289||2663||5280|
|Red W: 68.0/118||202||159||314||270||409||79||374||245||238||2290||263||359||154||246||292||359||95||246||231||2245||4535|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Great Value Great time
This is what you want in a rural golf course - great views cut out of a forest and great use of hills to provide fun tee boxes w/ cool vistas and uphill challenging blind shots. The Staff was very relaxed and fun, Eric specifically was very helpful. The course was wide open. A course like this in a big city market or in a Golf Destination area would cost at least twice as much hence the great value. If you are at TreeTops or other courses nearby and want a fun day that is challenging but also fair and want to have a fun time w/ your pals - this is the place.
I get a group together from PA, MI, and GA each year to play golf in the Gaylord / Grayling area. I am also a former PGA professional with extensive experience operating golf facilities. I have never been compelled to write a bad review, but today's experience can't be ignored. We booked a 9:30 tee time. The shop staff did not arrive until 9:45 or so. We stayed for the day and the staff member could not have possibly been more rude and passive aggressive. We enjoyed the company of the group but did not enjoy our treatment at all. The golf course is in rough shape and does not lay out well for the first time player. Lines are difficult to find and definition is lacking. The greens were in decent condition and made up for the tees and fairways. It is ok that the conditions were suffering, but it is unacceptable to be treated as a total inconvenience to the staff. This was our first and last visit to Black Bear.
Save Your Money
First review on any course I've ever written. Felt it was my duty to my fellow Michigan golfers to do so. Course is in the worst shape of any course I've played anywhere in Michigan this year. The best conditioned hole from tee to green is the 19th (practice) hole. It's all downhill from there. If you are traveling north to play, spend a couple of bucks more and play one of the Boyne courses, Garland, Treetops, etc. Black Bear will be closed in a year if the course conditions aren't turned around right away.
Upkeep Not Up to Par
I have played this course many times. Great value and staff is great. Greens were above average, fairways and tee boxes burnt out. Bunkers were not touched in days. This course was in much better shape last August.
course just keeps getting better
wow - played this course this past sunday - it was awesome
they have done a lot of work on the course this past year and it shows - keep up the good work because i'll be back
I had expected to play an open, worn course that skimps on maintenance. What I got was 19 holes of challenging, scenic golf. Yes this course is not cut out of a forest like most Gaylord courses but it was still very scenic. The greens were in great condition and very speedy. The only ball marks that I repaired were mine and the twosome ahead of me that didn't have a clue. The course has several blind tee shots which will change how I play this course next time. Even at the walk on rate if $39 this is an incredible value. Don't miss this course.
Good course for the money.
Great deal because it's close to my home. Overall not bad for a discount price of $18 I payed to play there. I have been there before and will go back again.
very nice course
Very nice course. Played early in the morning. Course was in great shape. The only problem we had was the pop machines out on course were not working and it was too early for cart girl. There was also nobody to help with carts, very wet with dew. It is a very nice course. Wish I could play it more often.
Very nice staff! Great value, the course was nice for a beginner but was also very challenging.
Pretty property, crazy greens, but playable with experience
Nice natural setting with very few houses. "Huge piece of property.
Played early on a Sunday – from 7:15 to 10 AM – We passed the lead group on #2 and sailed through the round. No lost balls – course is very open and has generous boundaries to catch errant shots.
Some (disease?) damaged fairway grass. Greens were too fast for the slope they have. Needed to know exactly where to hit the ball to avoid 3 putts/rolling off the green below the hole.
The snaking fairways can put you in the rough but the rough is not thick, so what’s the point? Shot 79 with 35 putts – go figure. Would play again and do better knowing where not to hit the ball into the green.