A sunset view from Black Bear Golf Club.
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4.2
345 Reviews (345)
5 Stars
82
4 Stars
139
3 Stars
55
2 Stars
34
1 Stars
35
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.2
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.3
91.7%
Recommend this course
266 out of 345 reviews
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4.7
6 Reviews (6)
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.7
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.8
100.0%
Recommend this course
6 out of 6 reviews
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4.3
24 Reviews (24)
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
7
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.8%
Recommend this course
23 out of 24 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Resort
Par 72
Length 6673 yards
Slope 129
Rating 72.4

Black Bear Golf Club is part of the Crystal Springs Resort, which offers six other courses, though, it's hard to remember they're connected since they each offer a distinct character and look. Unlike Ballyowen and Crystal springs, two of the resort's most well known courses, Black Bear has more of a parkland layout. The course tumbles across rolling hills covered with trees, which come into play along the undulating fairways and greens. Water only comes into play on three holes but there are a whopping 65 bunkers coming into play. It's challenging but not frustrating. Both low and high handicappers will enjoy not only the golf course but also the beautiful scenery. Black Bear is one of the best values in the area and has garnered a strong local following.

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Course Details

Year Built 1996
Fairways Ryegrass
Greens Bentgrass
Golf Season Open: 3/15 Closed: 12/31
Architect Jack Kurlander (1996) David Glenz (1996)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "David Leadbetter Golf Academy"
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks, Restaurant, Beverage Carts

Available Facilities

Showers, Lockers

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in New Jersey (2016 #9)

Reviews

4.2
345 Reviews (345)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 24
Dinner 11
Patio Dining 11
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 35
Bunkers 30
Narrow Fairways 22
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 33
Advanced Golfers 21
Locals 20
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 26
In the 'Burbs 21
At a Resort 10

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Reviews 58
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

5***** star golf course

Amazing awesome nice condition
Delicious food
Very kindly staffs
Layout is gorgeous
No complaints this place
I was 1hour 40 min drive but
Black bear is deserved

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 43
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 28
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Played in a cold day!

First time playing at black bear. The course was pretty wet due to the rain from early morning and it make the course play much longer. Back 9 is more difficult than the front 9. Layout is interesting. And the staffs are very friendly. I will return in warmer weather.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 181
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Too long to play a round of golf

It was a beautiful day for golf! Unfortunately Black Bear has a rule cart path only starting November 1st. It was so backed up we had to wait to hit EVERY shot! I left after finishing th 16th hole 5 hours into the round!!! No rangers all day trying to speed up slower groups Terrible!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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First Time Playing

Fairly Good for the Money

Wasn’t what I expected, thought the course would be a little mor upscale.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Everything is good
I’m very happy to play this place

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 20
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 181
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Sand traps have no sand! Very slow players and no ranger to speed up play

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played

unfriendly staffs

unfriendly staffs, especially obnoxious rangers ruins our day,

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

It's wet bacause of rain, other than that more than average. Also it's aerated. Golf now didn't give me the information.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 181
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course. Very slow.

Took 5.5 hours to play 18 year on a weekday at 11:30am. Very very slow. No ranger or anything around to speed up the pace. Challenging course with small greens and tight fairways. A few drivable par 4’s and some fun par 5’s. Would play here again but maybe in the off season.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
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