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4.4
366 Reviews (366)
5 Stars
179
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
5
1 Stars
6
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.1
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.2
91.1%
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337 out of 366 reviews
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4.6
36 Reviews (36)
5 Stars
23
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.4
Value
3.8
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.8
88.9%
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4.6
55 Reviews (55)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.1
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.7
92.7%
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51 out of 55 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6834 yards
Slope 126
Rating 72.1

Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club in Ocean View is conveniently located just three miles west of Bethany Beach along the Eastern Shore. The club offers 27 championship holes that are divided into three different nines, Grizzly, Kodiak, and Black Bear. The holes are played in three different combinations. Each nine has a unique character but every course shares winding bentgrass fairways lined with native wetland grasses and a landscape of sandy dunes and grassy hollows. The Grizzly/Kodiak Course is the shortest of the three combinations but it still has the same level of challenge. Strategically placed bunkers come into play along the oversized greens and water hazards also come into play on a few holes There is an interesting variety of holes that each require a different strategy.

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Course Details

Year Built 1999
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Rick Jacobson (1999)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Dress code Proper Golf Attire at All Times. Please, No Jeans or T-Shirts

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

Reviews

4.4
366 Reviews (366)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 15
Patio Dining 14
Dinner 13
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 28
Water Hazards 23
Undulating Greens 15
This course/club is great for:
Playing Multiple Courses 21
Locals 20
A Weekend Splurge 19
This Course's Location is:
Near Local Attractions 19
At a Resort 15
Worth the Drive 14

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Reviews 27
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Course in good shape. Trouble with Golf Now

I have played here many times over the years. The course was in fine shape from the tee boxes to the bunkers to the greens. Good job!

I tried to use my credits on Golf Now to book a tee time where you pay Golf Now and not Bear Trap. I tried this twice and Bear Trap simply would not confirm the tee time. But when I reserved a tee time whereby I paid Bear Trap the tee time was confirmed. Annoying.

However, I had a fine round the following day.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very playable

Course was in very playable condition compared to other courses played in the area. Straightforward layout and fair. Enjoyed the round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great course, mediocre management

The course conditions are immaculate. Fairways are maintained and the greens rolled pure on every hole. We stayed at a house in the Bear Trap Dunes community and we could see them working to maintain the course from 6 am onward. Unfortunately, we were on pace for a 5.5 hour twilight round because the group in front of us was playing from the Blues and averaging 120 yards off the tee. At no point did any member of the management come around to move them along quicker, and we actually saw our starter enjoying a cocktail at the bar while we frustratingly made the turn. Luckily, we went rogue and played the private Kodiak course and got our second 9 finished in just about 1.5 hours. A top tier course and layout, but if you’re going to pay $90 for twilight or, God forbid, $150-160 for a morning round, there better either be a ranger moving pace of play or a floozy cart girl on every hole.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great value for challenging course

First time playing the course
- great value when tee’ing off past 3:30pm at the discounted rate
- easy check-in and range balls plus cart were included
- pace of play was pretty slow initially but not unexpected given the wide range of skill levels out there
- obvious public presence on the course given the number of unfixed divots but overall most holes were in good shape
- challenging dogleg holes throughout and plenty of water and sand
Would definitely book another tee time here in the future.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Over priced compared to others.
Fairways and greens very good.
Off fairway conditions not good.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent time, beautiful course.

Incredibly surprised at the friendliness of the staff, the professionalism, and attention to details that make this a great course. Beautiful course. Overall a great experience. I see why this is one of the more popular courses. We will be back!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice course

Nice course in good condition and friendly staff. Expensive but better deal than other courses in area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice layout

This course is a nice layout with some great looking holes. Enough water to annoy you but if your striping the ball you will be fine. The starter sent a twosome on the bear course and when I finished Kodiak there was a foursome and a twosome waiting at the 1st hole or the 10th for me. That is annoying and causes back ups. It is not right, I teamed up with the twosome so it was not that terrible. However, do the right thing and don't let people cut into the rounds.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The course was in great condition

this is a good place to play golf just a little overpriced but generally speaking the best within 15 miles

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Fantastic course

Course was in prestige conditions. Rewarded for hitting fairways as some pins were tucked nicely and required you hitting from the short grass. Staff was great too. We will for sure be coming back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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