7 Clubhouse Road, Ocean View, Delaware 19970, US
(302) 537-5600
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About Bear Trap Dunes

Located only 3 miles west of the beach town of Bethany Beach, Delaware, Bear Trap Dunes is a 700-home community that boasts serene open spaces, 27 holes of championship golf, and a variety of home types to fit any lifestyle, including single family homes, townhomes and golf villa condominiums. With amenities such as indoor/outdoor pools, a fitness facility, tennis courts, outdoor amphitheater, a clubhouse with restaurant and banquet facilities and a complimentary beach shuttle service, Bear Trap Dunes, owned by Carl M. Freeman Golf, a division of Carl M. Freeman Companies, not only offers vacation homes but a complete resort lifestyle. The course, designed by Rick Jacobson, features the Grizzly, Kodiak and Black Bear nines, all lined with native wetland grasses and natural sand dunes.

Facts

Price Range$$$
Property Class★★★★
Year Opened2001
Number of UnitsLess than 100

Amenities & Services

RestaurantsCasual
PoolIndoor
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Banquet SpaceYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?Yes
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Bear Trap Dunes

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Reviews 5
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First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
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Reviews 28
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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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
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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
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Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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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
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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
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