Black Bear Golf Club

2.5588235294 2.6 stars from 5 (30)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6425 yards
  • Slope: 144
  • Rating: 71.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6425 yards 71.8 144
White 72 5814 yards 69.2 130
Gold (W) 72 5280 yards 71.7 134
Red (W) 72 4535 yards 68.0 118

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 2.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.6 stars from 5
Value: 2.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 30 Reviews
5 stars:
3
4 stars:
9
3 stars:
5
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
7

recommend this course

17 out of 30 reviews


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"Needs a lot of work"


hellonewman68's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We purchased a package off of Group Golfer over the winter for 36 holes plus lunch and a ball marker. Great deal. Then we got to the course...As you drive in you see tee boxes that have dandelions knee high. This used to be a great course, with a great layout, views, and value. This place just needs money. Tee boxes are weed ridden, fairways are barely distinguishable, greens are burnt out and dead. It has the bones of a great track, but sadly its barely a golf course anymore. If you're looking for a cheap round and don't care about how the course is manicured, this is for you. Now I can see why they are not part of the Gaylord Golf Mecca. Hopefully someone buys this place and restores it to what it once was.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Rough Shape"


u00000674632's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in very rough shape. Fairways are more like a struggling to survive second cut. Greens were very slow and needing to be groomed badly. Hoping they are planning on spending a lot of time(and money) to return to its once great splendor. Very sad to see it in this shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Course is gone........"


John2752900's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Bought a group golfer because I had played it in the past. The course used to be solid.

The course is completely gone. Fairways are spotty at best and what grass there is in the fairway has not been mowed in at least a week.

From the tee the fairway is not distinguishable from the rough. Tee boxes are a complete joke. Uncut weeds and very spotty clumps of uncut grass.

The greens are dead in many areas and have not been cut in at least 3-4 days. I would estimate they are rolling at a 5 or less on the stimpmeter.

Bunkers are weeds and rocks. Unplayable.

Do not waste your money. Course is to far gone to come back. Just close it. Seriously.

Pace of play was good due to us being the only ones on the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"dont waste time or money"


u000006180492's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2018
Previously played Used cart

Reviewed on

played memorial day weeekend on a group golfer, me and buddy, course was in bad shape. was told many excuses from irrigation specialist quit , to greens keeper was new and just started, but to give them 3 weeks and they will be back to prime. Returned end of June to find it even worse, bare spots on greeens, Tee boxes over grown, all the lining ripped out of ponds so no water hazards, rock traps instead of sand traps, the weed to grass ratio was 12000 to 1. my dirt road is better manicured then this place now. poor management, and when we complained we were told sorry. will not return unless they pay me to play and review as a courtesy otherwise, too many other options in area.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Great Value Great time"


EdmondFlanagan's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

This is what you want in a rural golf course - great views cut out of a forest and great use of hills to provide fun tee boxes w/ cool vistas and uphill challenging blind shots. The Staff was very relaxed and fun, Eric specifically was very helpful. The course was wide open. A course like this in a big city market or in a Golf Destination area would cost at least twice as much hence the great value. If you are at TreeTops or other courses nearby and want a fun day that is challenging but also fair and want to have a fun time w/ your pals - this is the place.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Awful"


Golfdad03's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/30/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

I get a group together from PA, MI, and GA each year to play golf in the Gaylord / Grayling area. I am also a former PGA professional with extensive experience operating golf facilities. I have never been compelled to write a bad review, but today's experience can't be ignored. We booked a 9:30 tee time. The shop staff did not arrive until 9:45 or so. We stayed for the day and the staff member could not have possibly been more rude and passive aggressive. We enjoyed the company of the group but did not enjoy our treatment at all. The golf course is in rough shape and does not lay out well for the first time player. Lines are difficult to find and definition is lacking. The greens were in decent condition and made up for the tees and fairways. It is ok that the conditions were suffering, but it is unacceptable to be treated as a total inconvenience to the staff. This was our first and last visit to Black Bear.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Save Your Money"


stuk5057's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

First review on any course I've ever written. Felt it was my duty to my fellow Michigan golfers to do so. Course is in the worst shape of any course I've played anywhere in Michigan this year. The best conditioned hole from tee to green is the 19th (practice) hole. It's all downhill from there. If you are traveling north to play, spend a couple of bucks more and play one of the Boyne courses, Garland, Treetops, etc. Black Bear will be closed in a year if the course conditions aren't turned around right away.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Upkeep Not Up to Par"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/04/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I have played this course many times. Great value and staff is great. Greens were above average, fairways and tee boxes burnt out. Bunkers were not touched in days. This course was in much better shape last August.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"course just keeps getting better"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

wow - played this course this past sunday - it was awesome
they have done a lot of work on the course this past year and it shows - keep up the good work because i'll be back


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Pleasantly surprised"


sprogers0422's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I had expected to play an open, worn course that skimps on maintenance. What I got was 19 holes of challenging, scenic golf. Yes this course is not cut out of a forest like most Gaylord courses but it was still very scenic. The greens were in great condition and very speedy. The only ball marks that I repaired were mine and the twosome ahead of me that didn't have a clue. The course has several blind tee shots which will change how I play this course next time. Even at the walk on rate if $39 this is an incredible value. Don't miss this course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good course for the money."


Brian4945515's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great deal because it's close to my home. Overall not bad for a discount price of $18 I payed to play there. I have been there before and will go back again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"very nice course"


u000006255112's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very nice course. Played early in the morning. Course was in great shape. The only problem we had was the pop machines out on course were not working and it was too early for cart girl. There was also nobody to help with carts, very wet with dew. It is a very nice course. Wish I could play it more often.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Staff"


u372559505's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very nice staff! Great value, the course was nice for a beginner but was also very challenging.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Pretty property, crazy greens, but playable with experience"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice natural setting with very few houses. "Huge piece of property.
Played early on a Sunday – from 7:15 to 10 AM – We passed the lead group on #2 and sailed through the round. No lost balls – course is very open and has generous boundaries to catch errant shots.

Some (disease?) damaged fairway grass. Greens were too fast for the slope they have. Needed to know exactly where to hit the ball to avoid 3 putts/rolling off the green below the hole.
The snaking fairways can put you in the rough but the rough is not thick, so what’s the point? Shot 79 with 35 putts – go figure. Would play again and do better knowing where not to hit the ball into the green.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The course was very enjoyable"


u000005087983's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was the first time playing course and we played 36 holes. We enjoyed it very much and would recommend it to everyone. Course was in great shape and we will play it again when we are back in this area.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Greens"


serbadan's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This was the 2nd time I golfed Black Bear and love the views from some of the tee boxes and fairways. The greens are extremely hard to read and difficult to judge the speed of putts. I will come back to Black Bear in the near future.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Staff"


u102365546's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2014
Previously played

Reviewed on

When we arrived for our t time, we were told that the corse did not like golf now .com. We were told many times that they made no money off our booking. The greens and fairways were in good shape, but the sand traps are more like sand and gravel.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Course has great views from several tee boxes."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/8/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful fall day in Michigan. Golfing at Black Bear was great.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Fast greens"


None's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/6/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course had a high slope rating, and the whole story was in the greens. Very quick and hard to hold.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun yet challenging. Great value!"


u000005147403's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/6/2013
Previously played

Reviewed on

19th hole is a cool feature! Played the course roughly a month ago. Could tell it'd been a dry summer. Course looks completely different now! Lush green complexes surrounding huge greens. Fairways were in decent shape, and tee boxes were in much better shape. Bunkers are edged and most are weed free! Great rates this time of year!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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