Black Bear Golf Club in Franklin, New Jersey, USA | GolfPass
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4.1
355 Reviews (355)
5 Stars
88
4 Stars
141
3 Stars
55
2 Stars
35
1 Stars
36
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.1
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.3
88.3%
Recommend this course
274 out of 355 reviews
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4.2
12 Reviews (12)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.1
Layout
4.4
Pace
3.7
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.3
83.3%
Recommend this course
10 out of 12 reviews
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4.1
28 Reviews (28)
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
7
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.1
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.5
89.3%
Recommend this course
25 out of 28 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

4.1
355 Reviews (355)

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 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
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First Time Playing

Course suxs

More rocks than sand in the traps and not maintained at all. Holes are crisscrossed everywhere. Last finishes a mile away from club house. Over priced cow pasture…

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 4
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Horrible

Horrible course conditions and layout. Everything in the sand traps except sand….

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Played On
Reviews 78
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 9
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 42
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great Track

First time playing the course and I was very happy. The conditions were great. Only critic would be the bunkers. They need attention asap. Fairway tee boxes abs greens all perfect. Very nice layout. Special shout out to the gentleman who ran the outside amenities/food +bar at the turn. Very hospitable. Can’t sat the same for the starter (John). Not much of a people person.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 37
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 37
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course condition nice staff. Would like to come back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 68
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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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 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Nice

Pretty tight course. Good condition. Greens were a little slow.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
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
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 43
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 31
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
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
Verified Purchaser
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
Verified Purchaser
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
Verified Purchaser
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
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