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4.3
1194 Reviews (1194)
5 Stars
472
4 Stars
518
3 Stars
121
2 Stars
46
1 Stars
37
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.2
91.5%
Recommend this course
1048 out of 1194 reviews
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Average Rating
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4.2
112 Reviews (112)
5 Stars
39
4 Stars
60
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.4
90.2%
Recommend this course
101 out of 112 reviews
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4.2
234 Reviews (234)
5 Stars
96
4 Stars
107
3 Stars
22
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.4
89.7%
Recommend this course
210 out of 234 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Style Links
Par 72
Length 7041 yards
Slope 139
Rating 74.1
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Black Bear Golf Club- Orlando
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Course Details

Year Built 1995
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect P. B. Dye (1995)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies 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
Walking Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire required

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

4.3
1194 Reviews (1194)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 32
Patio Dining 17
Brunch 13
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 61
Elevation Changes 54
Undulating Greens 49
This course/club is great for:
Locals 40
Advanced Golfers 34
Seniors 18
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 49
In the 'Burbs 28
Convenient to the City 7

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Played On
Reviews 34
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Quirky course !

Too many unknowns! Quirky holes, long drive out there. Not one of my favorite places.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course but slow on Sat mornings

Have played this course multiple times. Love the challenging layout and the hills which are rare for most FL golf. It was a pretty slow round on Sat morning - we had to wait on most shots. Ranger stopped and said it is normal for Sat morning. Regardless would definitely recommend the course as it’s in great shape.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great Design, Could Use TLC

Wonderful design, fun to play. Some IMPRESSIVE bunkers! Overall, it was a bit dry (especially the front nine) and it looks like they are trying to make some improvements, decent course, very good value for a course by a top-notch designer.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 70
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing

P.B. Dye Track

Several playing partners at other courses had recommended Black Bear to me but I had been reluctant to play it because I’m not a big fan of Dye courses (father’s or son’s). I have found the Dyes have a tendency to use unnecessary “gimmicks” to increase the difficulty of their courses such as unnecessarily deep green side swales, strategically placed but artificially high mounds, weird shaped greens, etc. In any event, I decided to give Black Bear a try and I’m glad I did. Although Black Bear has a couple of holes that evidence the Dye trickery, overall it is a very enjoyable track. The greens were fast but not unfairly so. Fairways and tees were in relatively good shape but the rough was thin and spotty at best. Pace of play was excellent (3:45!). I intend to go back soon so I can try some different strategy on the tricky holes!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 52
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course is tough but fair

Weather was good,a little cool and windy. Course in good shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

A Test

This course is challenging, very difficult shot selection and careful shot planning from the back Bear tees. Greens will roll off on you and so will the terrain in the fairways, hit the wrong end of a speed slot or come in at the wrong angle you may find some tough approaches. Long irons and short game must be on to have a good day here. From lower sets of tees, provides a fair test to work on lie angles, but sacrifices in length.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 158
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing

January 2023

Course is in good shape
Greens were fast
Several elevated greens require accurate approach shots or a great short game

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 22
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

I enjoy this track

I enjoy playing this course every so often. The layout is nice and I like that the front 9 brings you back to the clubhouse, a few courses I play do not. What you see from the tee box is pretty much what you get. There are no real hazards on the course unless you wander off the fairways, where you can find a bunker or two, or some nasty stuff that can make you think twice about hitting your shot. Where it gets tough though, is the greens. They can be long and narrow, postage stamp size, or a large green with lots of undulations.
I hope you have as much fun playing here as I do.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 48
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice day on the course

Tees and fairways were in good shape of the winter. The greens needed some work but were playable. Sand traps needed some work.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Course conditions underwhelming

Played the course given the 4-star rating, but it's more 3-star. Course wasn't in great shape, although greens were nice and rolled true. I can see this being a very nice course under better conditions.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Black Bear GC a fair test and great features

We love the layout of this Course. A true test of your skills as a golfer.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Not it’s former glory

I was a member here long ago when the course was in amazing shape. I would say it’s in decen shape. Greens are good but lots of ball marks unrelated on the greens. The traps have seen erosion and are not well kept. Sand is hard and compacted.

Pace of play was ok. The layout of the course is challenging and fun. You have to have your wedge game on point. Lots of elevated and large rolling greens. Misses leave you with sand or challenging chip shots. When this course was in its prime, it was one of the best around.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Need to be in decent physical condition to play this coy

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Black Bear Eustis 1/6/23

The course staff at check-in and restaurant offered a friendly greeting and service. The golf course is in as good shape as it has ever been. Not handicap (golfer) friendly. Many signs indicate what is or is not allowed, such as keeping both tires on the cart path near the greens and tee boxes, which would make it difficult to walk to and fro. Not a slam, but an observation. I like that the owner and manager take great pride in trying to keep the course in as good a condition as possible. I would play it again at the Golf Now 'HOT DEAL' rate.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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