Bear Trap Dunes
About Bear Trap DunesLocated 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.
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Ocean View, DelawarePublic
Ocean View, DelawarePublic
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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.
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.
It was a lot of fun!
Some hard holes & some fun ones - we had a great time!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Golf with my son
Good time we had a very slow group in front of us but we enjoyed the day