Black Bear Golf Club in Vanderbilt, Michigan, USA | GolfPass
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2.1
65 Reviews (65)
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
15
2 Stars
13
1 Stars
22
Conditions
1.7
Value
2.9
Layout
3.7
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
3.8
Amenities
2.4
30.1%
Recommend this course
27 out of 65 reviews
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1.8
13 Reviews (13)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
8
Conditions
1.6
Value
2.0
Layout
3.4
Pace
3.5
Amenities
2.4
StaffFriendliness
4.1
23.1%
Recommend this course
3 out of 13 reviews
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1.9
17 Reviews (17)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
9
Conditions
1.5
Value
2.2
Layout
3.5
Pace
3.8
Amenities
2.2
StaffFriendliness
4.0
23.5%
Recommend this course
4 out of 17 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 6425 yards
Slope 144
Rating 71.8
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Black Bear Golf Club - MI
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Course Details

Year Built 1996
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 10/15
Architect Mark Sauger

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy 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

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Reviews

2.1
65 Reviews (65)
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Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

poor

would not recomend playing here.
tee boxes not kept up and fairways were like a cattle field almost as much dirt as grass. hard to tell where fairways and rough meet.only good thing is the greens were in good shape and played well.
for the same price or cheaper there are way better courses to play in the area,will not play here again.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Decent course for the money

This course was clearly a good one at some point. Today, it suffers from lack of upkeep (sand traps filled with grass and weeds; water features empty) and terrible signage making it difficult to find the next tee box on some holes. Food was limited but good and staff was friendly and efficient.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Falling out of favor

I’m torn on recommending this course. Years ago it was one of my favorite courses. It used to be in great shape and I loved the layout. Now the tee boxes are below average, the fairways are now dried out with very little green grass, mostly hardpan. The greens are in ok shape. I believe the owner is operating on a shoestring budget.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

What has happened?

One of the absolute worst courses I have ever played. Almost unplayable. The course when opened in 1996 was listed with the mentions of the top courses in Michigan. It is almost mind boggling looking at old photos compared to today. Really feel bad for people who have places on the course. Long story short we got a deal to play for 2 people 18 holes. What a shame.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Way too ambitious to be in such terrible condition.

This course was way too difficult for intermediates and beginners.. Advanced golfers would be appalled with course condition. App says it' 22 miles from the Lake. It took us almost an hour..

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Don’t play

Worst course I’ve played. Fairways, greens, and tee boxes were in terrible condition.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Just not good

Slow greens. Tall rough with excess clippings from previous mowing that a ball could hide under everywhere. No yardage markings. Red, white and blue ground discs were very small and hard to find.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The place to be

Great course and a great price to play in northern MI

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 2
1.0
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
First Time Playing

Poor conditions

Could barely tell where the fairway ended and the rough started knee high weeds in all the bunkers

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Don’t waste your time/money

Fairways were awful. Patchy grass. Tee boxes grass was over grown. Greens were not maintained. One of the worst courses I’ve played.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Last group out 2021

The course layout is great. But it was the last day of golf there and the greens were furry - no problem though….will play in the summer next year.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Why so bad

I played this many years ago. The staff was at the Fort Wayne golf show. It was I believe shortly after it opened. The track is amazing. Great variety and views. However what has happened. Are the owners struggling? I have never played a course where the tee boxes were not mowed. I had to find the spot where everyone was using to be short enough to use a tee. Why was that? The sand bunkers were full of grass. They are not being maintained. The fairways were awful. You can tell something is going on. The clubhouse and signs are really showing the age. There were no yard markers on the sprinklers or distance markers in the fairway. Unless you have a range finder you will be approaching blind. This is sad but did have a 83 and was happy.

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Course in poor shape

Tee boxes were beaten up pretty bad on more than half of the holes. Several greens were so bad that the ball changed direction on short gimme puts due to unrepaired potholes. Looks like oil or gear lube from mowers dripped all over every green. Cart paths were in very poor condition with pothole. crumbling asphalt and heaving due to tree roots. Fairways seemed to be all that was well maintained.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Probably won’t be back

The course layout is great, not great signage for first time players, and the course is in really rough shape! Many of the old sand bunkers/traps are still there with grass and weeds growing in them. Even for the cheap round of golf, we probably won’t be back.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played

So sad that Black Bear has Deteriorated

Nice staff, great pace of play, but conditions are abysmal ! The course has deteriorated so so much since I played a few years ago that fairways look like rough (hard to find your drive right down the middle!? Play somewhere else! Until they put some money into this once-great golf course.

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
Previously Played

Do Not Pay Their Bills

Stiffed local garage door company for new door and maintenance work. No integrity!

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