7 Clubhouse Road, Ocean View, Delaware 19970, US
(302) 537-5600
Location Map

About Bear Trap Dunes

Located only 3 miles west of the beach town of Bethany Beach, Delaware, Bear Trap Dunes is a 700-home community that boasts serene open spaces, 27 holes of championship golf, and a variety of home types to fit any lifestyle, including single family homes, townhomes and golf villa condominiums. With amenities such as indoor/outdoor pools, a fitness facility, tennis courts, outdoor amphitheater, a clubhouse with restaurant and banquet facilities and a complimentary beach shuttle service, Bear Trap Dunes, owned by Carl M. Freeman Golf, a division of Carl M. Freeman Companies, not only offers vacation homes but a complete resort lifestyle. The course, designed by Rick Jacobson, features the Grizzly, Kodiak and Black Bear nines, all lined with native wetland grasses and natural sand dunes.

Facts

Price Range$$$
Property Class★★★★
Year Opened2001
Number of UnitsLess than 100

Amenities & Services

RestaurantsCasual
PoolIndoor
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Banquet SpaceYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?Yes
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Bear Trap Dunes

Reviews

4.2
273 Reviews (273)
Advanced Filters
Overall Rating
Recommended
Handicap
Age
Type of Golfer
Gender
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Very nice course, unfortunately very wet and balls plugging in the fairway. They had just aerated the greens recently or I would have rated them higher for conditions . Friendly staff.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not told the greens were just aerated and topdressed

Would have been nice to have been told ahead of time that they had just been done.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

It was a lot of fun!

Some hard holes & some fun ones - we had a great time!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
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 Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very bad experience

I have been playing golf for over 20 years - I have never seen a course pace of play mismanaged as it was today. Three groups waiting on a single hole. Will not be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
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
Verified Purchaser
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
Verified Purchaser
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 2
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
Verified Purchaser
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
Now Reading
New Cookie Policy
WE AND OUR PARTNERS USE COOKIES ON THIS SITE TO IMPROVE OUR SERVICE, PERFORM ANALYTICS, PERSONALIZE ADVERTISING, MEASURE ADVERTISING PERFORMANCE, AND REMEMBER WEBSITE PREFERENCES. BY USING THE SITE, YOU CONSENT TO THESE COOKIES. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON COOKIES INCLUDING HOW TO MANAGE YOUR CONSENT VISIT OUR COOKIE POLICY.
CONTINUE