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Conditions
1.5
Value
3.3
Layout
3.9
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
4.2
Amenities
2.3
26.6%
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24 out of 52 reviews
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Layout
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Pace
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4.2
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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
52 Reviews (52)
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Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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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 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
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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!

Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Mixed emotions

Great value, beautiful views, challenging holes. Disappointed in the menu, lack of beverage cart, very few clothing options overall, none for women. Would have been helpful to have ranger to speed up play. Nineteenth hole great idea for warming up. unfortunately, Rick had to do everything on his own, the bar and the pro shop. He was very pleasant about it and wish he could’ve had some help.
Overall, we enjoyed our time playing and would do it again.

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course is in terrible shape

This course is definitely not worth the money. The greens are half dead, most holes don't have a fairway cut and there are weeds all over the place. The range also wasn't open as they didn't have anyone there to collect balls. The only thing going for it was the lack of people/pace of play. This course has so much potential as the layout is pretty good, but for now save your money and play somewhere else.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course is going downhill

I think the course has an interesting and fun layout. But they seemed to always struggle keeping it green. This year was by far the worst I’ve seen it! Greens were terrible! Most greens were more dead than alive.

The staff has always been very friendly and were the same this time.

But the course isn’t worth the money.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

So much potential

I've read the reviews and they're not as bad as it is made out to be. There is so much potential here, it's silly. Undulating greens. Hills, mounds, forced carries, uphill par 5, etc. Potential up the ying yang. One very bad mostly brown some green green that still putt fine, just ugly.

We played 36 and the sprinklers were on the entire time. Sometimes watering the rough or the woods, but you could see effort was being made.

If the owner decided to invest in a new sprinkling system this course could easily be a 4 star course. Not bad for the $39 all you can golf deal. Worth $49 on GN? Depends on the prices of all of the other local courses. We came specifically for 36 holes on a Saturday and were willing to consider paying somewhere else but decided to go another 18 at Black Bear because it was still a decent enough course.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
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 12
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0

Conditions are a little rough but still ok for the value

Course was a little rough, greens were spotty, not sure if because covid or what but still playable and good value for the money.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 24
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Really?

In short, the fairways are rock hard with no watering. Greens for the most part are bumpy and hard as rocks. Bunkers are not groomed and rock filled. Former ponds are now moon craters with weeds. Other than all of that, pace of play was very good as no one was on it. Layout is still very nice and the staff is trying to some degree to bring the course back.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice Layout, Under Watered

Enjoyed the course layout, but the fairways were underwatered and very hard. Greens were generally ok with some very poor spots. Challenging layout but at times very hard to play due to conditions.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Poor Conditions

the Fairway was like a rough, the rough had not been cut in a while, the greens had not been cut and were very slow with dirt and sand patches. I scored well because it was very dry and there was roll.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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