Black Bear Golf Club

4.1477352941 4.1 stars from 5 (688)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7018 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 74.1
  • Layout

  • 24505 Calusa Blvd, Eustis, Florida 32736, Lake County
  • (352) 357-4732
  • (352) 357-4737
  • www.blackbeargolfclub.com
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Year built: 1995
Architect(s): P. B. Dye (1995)
Type: Semi-Private
Style: Links
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: No
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 7018 yards 74.1 139
Black 72 6381 yards 71.2 133
White 72 5936 yards 69.3 126
White (W) 72 5936 yards 75.4 134
Green 72 5362 yards 66.8 121
Green (W) 72 5362 yards 72.0 128
Red 72 4768 yards 64.2 116
Red (W) 72 4768 yards 68.1 121

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 688 Reviews
5 stars:
226
4 stars:
309
3 stars:
84
2 stars:
40
1 stars:
29

recommend this course

579 out of 687 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for locals advanced golfers seniors   Challenges include bunkers elevation changes undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining brunch  

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"great shape"


tonyd4e's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/20/2020
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

This is the first time I have played BB in 6 mo. and the course was in the best condition I have played here. My friends have agreed to return next week.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Fun course"


JPearson13's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2020
Previously played

Reviewed on

Course is in good condition. The only thing I would recommend is to bring some muscle for the greens; they are very slow.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Black Bear"


jayfiala's avatar
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2020
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in good shape, would have been nice to know that the greens had been aerated and are close to being back to normal. Played in about 3 hours, Believe the guy working the check-in area needs to be retrained as to manners and instructed not to mumble or muttering more than one word.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Quality Golf Course"


scott5151437's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/11/2020
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The layout is very good and challenging. Par 3's are legit. You use every club in your bag. There are no shots you can relax on. Greens are narrow and undulating .

Golf course condition is very good. Pace of play was great...we were a 3some and played in just over 3 hours.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Enjoyed"


u000006009553's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2020
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good time playing Black bear!GC

I recommend to all my friends and family


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u223048961's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/03/2020
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Round"


tv501446's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/01/2020
Previously played

Reviewed on

Course is in phenomenal condition, best I've ever seen it. Staff is awesome and pleasant as usual. Congrats to the new owner and hats off, great job and thank you!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u151568624's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/30/2020
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Course to play"


richardlence's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2020
Previously played Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great condition .We played in 2.5 hours.Plenty of challenge.New owners inproving the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



johnholmes's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/21/2020
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"SURPRISED AND DISAPPOINTED BUT OVERALL GOOD COURSE"


Rookiepr's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/21/2020
Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Great course layout.

Great course conditions.

After a long day in the hospital taking care of COVID 19 patients I was hoping to relax.... It did not work out. I made the mistake of continuing to play 9 more holes with plans to pay for a total of 18 at the end

of the round as I had done in the past. I have been coming here for 2 years. The owner was extremely upset and intercepted me at the 11th hole in a confrontative and condescending manner. Ive only been playing for the last couple of years, so I'm new to the game. Never had I had such a poor interaction in the past at a local golf course. Despite my apologies this gentleman just drove off after I handed him a 20 dollar bill to pay for the rest of the round. He mentioned the he was "too busy" to be chasing people around the golf course. If he would have given me time, I would have mentioned how busy we have been in the hospital treating critically ill patients over the last 6 months during this pandemic.. I understand its a business and based on recent reviews it appears that there have been some other players that have taken advantage of his rates, so I can understand his quick, abrupt and pre-judgemental reaction... Just wished he had better "people skills" to handle the situation...


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/24/2020

Why in the world would you think it’s okay to continue to play 9 holes you didn’t pay for? That’s wrong for you to think that’s okay. The owner had every right to be upset with you. Shame on you for thinking that was okay. It’s stealing and unfair no matter who you are or what you do. I had a wonderful experience at this course and the management played an enormous part into helping me have a great day.


Commented on 09/23/2020

Under the new ownership the course has been improved immensely and we just want everyone to abide by the proper rules. We are noticing that it seems in the past customers have not followed the rules of the golf course the way they should have. We don't know of a course anywhere that would prefer the customer to pay after their round, as this customer would have you believe should be done. Anyone that has played here knows you have to drive right by the clubhouse on your way to number 10. This makes it very easy to stop in and pay before you just continue on. On the Covid topic, we appreciate all this customer and anyone else does in the efforts to control this horrible virus. Everyone has a right to a pleasant day regardless of what they do for work. In the last 7 months all of us in this industry have kept on working extremely long hours. We have come into contact with many, many different people and been at risk ourselves. We are new owners making major efforts to improve this golf course and its conditions and in return we just expect guests to respect the course rules and enjoy their day here at Black Bear Golf Club.


"DISAPPOINTING BACK 9; CONFRONTATIVE STAFF; OVERALL GREAT COURSE"


Rookiepr's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/21/2020
First time playing Used cart

Reviewed on

Great course layout.

Great course conditions.

After a long day in the hospital taking care of COVID 19 patients I was hoping to relax.... It did not work out. I made the mistake of continuing to play 9 more holes with plans to pay for a total of 18 at the end

of the round as I had done in the past. Staff was extremely upset and intercepted me at the 11th hole in a confrontative and condescending manner. Ive only been playing for the last couple of years, so I'm new to the game. Never had I had such a poor interaction in the past at a local are golf course. Despite my apologies this gentleman just drove off after I handed him a 20 dollar bill to pay for the rest of the round. He told me, he was "too busy" to be chasing people around the golf course. If he would have given me time, I would have mentioned how busy we have been in the hospital treating critically ill patients over the last 6 months during this pandemic.. I understand its a business and based on recent reviews it appears that there have been some other players that have taken advantage of his rates, so I can understand his quick, abrupt and prejudgement reaction.....


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u000008202396's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/19/2020
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The lay out was too tight with holes running too close to each other’s.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Disappointed"


u000004781447's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2020
Previously played

Reviewed on

I was hesitant to play the course after reading some of the reviews from previous golf now players. Arrive to the course and the young man at the pro shop was friendly.

I get to the first tee and tee off, I am mediately noticed that the course has been aerated in the past week or two. Nothing on the Golfnow stated that there was an alert for aeration if the course. This may have changed my mind as to playing at this course. I also noticed that the grass was dry.

So I get to hole 6 and noticed the flag is closer than normal, that is because it’s in the middle of the fairway. Nobody in the pro shop mentioned any problems with any grains etc. The greens themselves were in decent shape but dry. The bunkers need desperate attention, standing water and need to be raked.

It will be a long time before I come back to this course as there are other options close by, Eagle dunes, RedTail. I also noticed the sign on the pro shop door that states as of October 1, there will be a $10 extra charge if you want to ride single. Not thinking about peoples health but more the almighty dollar will also make me not want to come back to this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 09/24/2020

I laugh because people show up (they ride in the same car and walk in together) and ask for separate carts. If you are concerned about the virus please wear a mask but it is okay to share cart even if this virus is going around there are many pre-cautions that hep prevent the spread! I’m so sad that there is poor publicity about this course I had such a wonderful time


Commented on 09/18/2020

Thank you for your review. I’m sorry that your experience here today was less than par. But to address some of your concerns we have not aerated on the course since July. We did recently slice the fairways which helps keeps the fairways in great condition all year round. Visually it can be seen, but it causes no impact on play. The bunkers are raked every morning by our maintenance staff unless there is standing water (in that case nothing can be done until the water drains) and right now during Covid, golfers are encouraged to Not rake bunkers but to do their best to smooth out the sand with their foot.

Since the beginning of the pandemic we have allowed folks to take their own cart and many players are finding that taking their own cart is to their liking or a convenience vs. being a need. We have many friends and family members who are arriving in the same vehicle and sitting around the same restaurant table but request their own cart. The privilege is starting to be abused. The extra wear and tear on the golf course, the golf carts and on the staff with double the amount of carts going out daily causes an increase in maintenance labor and course repairs. Also, golf courses only have a limited number of golf carts per facility and when everyone wants their own cart that decreases the amount of rounds that can be put out each day.

The pandemic has put a tremendous strain on regular operating functions and the adjustments that nave been made to accommodate for the last 7 months are costly and there has been no increase on this facilities end.

As far as hole # 6 goes, we apologize that you were not told about this we did try to remember to inform every golfer in person that this exciting improvement was in process but there was a sign right on the pro shop desk where all golfers who check in sign their receipts noting that our most recent course improvement was completely resurfacing and enlarging the sixth green and there was a temporary green in the fairway while the new green heals and gets ready to reopen. This note also stated that all golfers are welcome to play hole #19 (after playing hole #18) in addition to all the other holes in their round.

We are happy to discuss any of your concerns further if you'd like. Please feel free to call 352-357-4732 and ask for Roger or Sue.


"Beware of rude manager and staff"


baadams's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/13/2020
Previously played

Reviewed on

For the second time in as many visits management has been extremely rude and unaccomdating. With multiple courses close by management may want to rethink their approach on how they treat golfers looking to grow the game. Management acts like the course is nice enough to treat patrons however he wants and we will come back regardless. Red Tail and Eagle Dunes are nicer courses with friendlier staff.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 09/18/2020

We welcome all players here at Black Bear in hopes that everyone will respect and honor the rules of the course and the game. This includes paying a greens fee for each member of your group that is playing. This customer paid for 2 players, showed up with 4 and we had already booked in a third golfer into that group. When this customer showed up to the first tee with 4 players (after only paying for 2 and not telling any staff they actually had 4 players), and 4 sets of clubs they were told that only two had paid and we had booked in a third with them. We DO allow kids under 15 to play for free in the afternoons with a paying adult. Unfortunately this is not allowable during prime time weekend mornings. One person from this group also drove right over our 19th tee box and when was told about it he responded “oh, well its not much of a tee box anyway”. As stated, we welcome all golfers who respect the course and treat it in a way that leaves it in good condition for the next player. We also have a kids program here (PGA Jr. League) which teaches young players the game of golf, also have multiple schools golf teams that play here as well.

There are so many reviews on here that we know we are not able to reply to them all but when situations like this arise we feel we need to let the readers know what actually happened. Keeping golfers following the rules of the course makes it more enjoyable to everyone who plays here. Come see for yourself.


"Better than last time but way too slow."


Panorris64's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2020
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played this course last in the spring and it was in terrable condition. The condicion was way better but the pace of play was way too slow.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



95corvette's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2020
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/19/2020

If Covid 19 can spread on an airplane, as studies show and as former passengers know, then it can certainly spread in a golf cart - easily. It is risky and not worth dying over.


"Glad I played today"


u666295992's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2020
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Black Bear Golf Course is about a 30-40 minute drive for me and it was a nice day for the drive today. I my have considered rating 5 stars for the golf course, if not for the pace of the greens. The greens are full of grass but very slow. Aside from that, it was a nice round of golf.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good course. Great price."


ryanmcgavock's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2020
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens in good shape. Fairways in good condition for most part. Great price. Would recommend!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



95corvette's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2020
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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