Black Bear Golf Resort

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2.4
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Conditions
2.4
Value
2.5
Layout
3.3
Friendliness
3.7
Pace
4.9
Amenities
2.2
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1.0
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5.0
Amenities
1.0
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6663
Slope 138
Rating 71.5
Type Resort
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6663 yards 71.5 138
White 72 5985 yards 68.3 126
Gold 72 5428 yards 71.2 132
Red 72 4499 yards 68.1 112
Scorecard for Black Bear Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
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
Handicap 11 9 7 3 1 17 5 13 15 6 2 12 10 14 4 18 16 8
Par 4 3 4 4 5 3 5 4 4 36 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 15 7 9 5 1 17 3 13 11 6 4 16 12 10 2 18 14 8

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

Reviews

2.4
27
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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
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Awful

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.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

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.

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

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

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Pleasantly surprised

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.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Staff

Very nice staff! Great value, the course was nice for a beginner but was also very challenging.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

The course was very enjoyable

This was the first time playing course and we played 36 holes. We enjoyed it very much and would recommend it to everyone. Course was in great shape and we will play it again when we are back in this area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Greens

This was the 2nd time I golfed Black Bear and love the views from some of the tee boxes and fairways. The greens are extremely hard to read and difficult to judge the speed of putts. I will come back to Black Bear in the near future.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Staff

When we arrived for our t time, we were told that the corse did not like golf now .com. We were told many times that they made no money off our booking. The greens and fairways were in good shape, but the sand traps are more like sand and gravel.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course has great views from several tee boxes.

Beautiful fall day in Michigan. Golfing at Black Bear was great.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fast greens

This course had a high slope rating, and the whole story was in the greens. Very quick and hard to hold.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Fun yet challenging. Great value!

19th hole is a cool feature! Played the course roughly a month ago. Could tell it'd been a dry summer. Course looks completely different now! Lush green complexes surrounding huge greens. Fairways were in decent shape, and tee boxes were in much better shape. Bunkers are edged and most are weed free! Great rates this time of year!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

course needs work

very nice course , but needs work - for $25.00 its a deal - $49.00 not a deal

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great upnorth feel to the course. The greens have incredible character. There isn't one hole that I don't like at Black Bear!

Easy access off 75 just north of Gaylord. Great up north views from some of the elevated tees. There are several blind tee shots and a few blind shots to the greens, I think that adds character to the course. The greens can be a challenge! I had a couple putts come right back down the slope because I didn't hit them hard enough, I would play this course every day if I could.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Tee boxes and fairways need some TLC

Got a great price on the course which was a good thing. There was a crew driving around digging out sprinkler heads which made me believe that it may have just been sold and they are going to try and bring it back up to a reasonable standard

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good

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