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Black Bear Golf Club

24505 Calusa Blvd, Eustis, Florida, 32736
Type: Semi-Private, open to the public
No. Holes: 18
(352) 357-4732
Architect: P. B. Dye (24)
                      
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About Black Bear Golf Club

Black Bear Golf Club, is a Semi-Private, 18 hole golf course located in Eustis, Florida.

The Black Bear Golf Club golf course first opened for play in 1995. The course was designed by P.B.Dye.

Black Bear Golf Club facility plays to a par-72 and a maximum distance of 7,002 yards. The course rating is 74.7 and the slope rating is 134. The course is a links style championship design with undulating fairways

Four sets of tees provide players with choices of playing to distances and slopes measuring 7062 yards/134 slope, 6394 yards/127 slope, 5975 yards/124 slope and 5044 yards with a slope of 122 from the forward tees .

Championship tees: par-72, 7,062 yards, 74.7/134

Black tees: par-72, 6,394 yards, 70.9/127

White tees: par-72, 5,975 yards, 68.9/124

Green tees: par-72, 5,044 yards, 69.7/122

Black Bear Golf Club is located in Eustis (north of Orlando).

This course has been ranked 12 times
Golf Course ranker Photo, David Theoret
Lakeland, FL
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Guest (cart included), played on Friday, January 2018 at 9:59 PM

If you’re looking for some of the best golf between Ocala and Daytona, there is no better choice than Black Bear in Eustis. Black Bear is a P.B. Dye design and from the looks of it, his father would be proud. What it lacks in Pete Dye trademark railroad tie bunkers and risk reward carry-the-water holes, it makes up for in fairway bunkers and difficult greenside bunkers many of them nestled into the surrounding mounds. In all, there are over 120 bunkers throughout the layout.

Over the years, Black Bear has served as a qualifier for the Florida USGA Publinks Championship, as well as the Hooters and Canadian tours and the Florida PGA. Black Bear was chosen not only for the great course but also for the practice facilities; they are some of the best in the entire Orlando area. In addition to a double-ended driving range, there’s a 40,000 square-foot short game area complete with sand traps and a large putting green. One of the things you’ll want to be sure and practice on the range is your lob shot; it will come in handy on those holes where your approach shots miss the green.

On several holes, finding the fairway off the tee can be easier than at most courses; the mounding and dunes on the peripheries tend to funnel the ball back into the middle. Approaching the green from the short grass is a definite benefit as you’ll need all the help you can get to hit some of the smallest greens in the area. It’s not uncommon to find a green that’s over 150 feet long but only 35 feet wide. Or vice versa. The dunes also serve to isolate each hole, giving you the feeling that your group is the only one on the course. Although this Bermuda rough may not look difficult in its brown, dormant state, it’s cut short and still provides the same challenge.

The greens at Black Bear are a story all to themselves. Collectively, they are probably the smallest greens I have played in Florida. That said, there are a couple that are about 150 feet long, but only 35 feet wide or deep! Like the rest of the course, there’s a lot of undulation in the greens, and they are typically quick.

The par 4, 6th hole is a slight dogleg left that plays 351 yards from the Black Tees. Be sure to avoid the waste bunker on the left that sits well below the fairway, it makes getting on in regulation very difficult. A good drive will leave a short to mid iron approach shot to a well-elevated green and may require an extra club. The green presents a difficult bump and run opportunity; in addition to being elevated, it’s fronted by deep bunkers on either side as well as two in back.

Number 9 has the Dye name written all over it as evidenced by the pot bunker that sits in the middle of the fairway. From the Black Tees, the hole plays 391 yards, so for most golfers the bunker is not in play off the tee, but rest assured, it’s there. Your approach shot needs to carry the green as another massive bunker with a huge lip sits directly in front. Par is a good score here.

The 388 -yard Par 4, Number 10 is another hole that doglegs slightly to the left, daring you to try and cut the corner, however with out of bounds looming down the entire left side of the tee, the risk outweighs the reward. Playing down the right side may add a little length to the hole, but it also provides an easier approach as it takes much of the sand and water on the left side out of play.

At only 107 yards from the Black Tees, number 15 may seem like a pushover but the bunkers and green suggest otherwise. This short hole has no less than 9 bunkers around the green awaiting errant tee shots and the green is over 50 yards long and only 15 yards wide. The undulation in the green also makes for some interesting putts.

The two finishing holes at Black Bear Golf Club not only define the course, they are two of the three hardest holes on the course. Number 17 plays 413 yards from the Black Tees. Hitting a good drive often catches the downslope in the middle of the fairway and leaves a manageable shot into a green that sits about 30 feet above the fairway. Anything left and short is likely to find one of the 4 sand traps that adorn the area.

Water comes into play on Number 18 and dominates the hole. From the Black Tees, anything hit longer than 265 yards is likely wet. The hole is 386 yards long with a bunker in the landing area on the right side. A good drive down the middle will still leave about 140 yards over water into an elevated, long, narrow green with a bunker back right. End your round with two pars or better and there’s a good chance you’re in the money!

Last Word: If your golf course has the name “Dye” associated with it, odds are you’re going to garner some special attention, and rightfully so. P.B. Dye has done an excellent job with Black Bear, taking full advantage of the sandy, rolling terrain. The elevation changes are significant for this part of the state and the elevated greens have you constantly thinking about club selection. There’s plenty of room off the tee which is good, because Black Bear is all about your approach shot. You’re often playing uphill and into odd-shaped greens, many of which are very long yet extremely narrow. There’s also a lot of undulation in them. If you’re going to post a low score at Black Bear, you’ll need to have one of your best days of chipping, pitching and putting.

In the event your highly competitive golf match is tied at the end of 18 holes, Black Bear offers a way to break the tie: The 19th Hole, a short shot over the water to settle the score once and for all. The course allows golfers of all abilities to have some fun and enjoy the challenge of playing a wide open but challenging tournament standard undulating links style layout.

Black Bear’s clubhouse features a pro shop with all of the necessary golf accessories as well as men’s and women’s “Dare the Bear” logoed golf apparel. The restaurant/lounge serves breakfast and lunch as well as all of your favorite libations. They have all of the traditional clubhouse food as well as some not so common items such as Bavarian pretzels with white cheese sauce and gyros. If you’re a chicken wing connoisseur, try their Kennedy sauce, a combination of several other sauces. It has a very interesting taste.

For what you get, the greens fees are more than reasonable. In season rates are ridiculously low and off season or “shoulder” rates often include something “extra” such as a hat, polo or lunch. Rounds to Black Bear can also be purchased on many of the major online tee sheets. To learn more about this special Central Florida golf course, give them a call at (352) 357-4732 or visit their website at www.blackbeargolfclub.com.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing, Ranks with the best in this price level, Best course in the area
 
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Rank ID # : 029086
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Orlando, FL

$31 (cart included), played on Sunday, May 2016 at 8:15 AM

I love playing black bear. Its a unique course, very hilly not flat like most Florida courses. The fare ways and greens are maintained very well. Watch out for #18 though, you cant see the water a head from the tee box. I would recommend this course to everyone.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Expensive and worth it, Best course in the area
 
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Rank ID # : 028176
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Sota, FL

(cart included), played on Tuesday, May 2014 at 8am

No one to help with bags or assign a cart. Terrible and overpriced range balls. Unfriendly "could care less" attitude at pro shop desk. Only friendly person was young girl working the grill room. Sand traps haven't seen fresh sand in years -rutted and washed out in places-impossible. Too much climbing on front nine. Not a place to go if have any knee replacements

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
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Rank ID # : 021834
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Longwood, FL

$31 (cart included), played on Saturday, December 2013 at 8am

Great layout, few out of bounds but tough on someone with avg or worse short game,

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 021403
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Lake Mary, FL

$21 (cart included), played on Sunday, August 2013 at noon

Not your typical flat course of Fl. Nice elevation.Greens in good shape and fairly quick. Would recommend highly

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 020399
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Sanford, FL

(cart included), played on Sunday, December 2013 at 6am

good course, good value, never to busy

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 019538
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Orlando, FL

$21 (cart included), played on Wednesday, October 2012 at 4pm

Always loved the course. Staff has always been bad. Nobody working bar at turn. Told us to turn in carts 45 mins. Before dark and couldn't get our round in.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 019065
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Leesburg, FL

$31 (cart included), played on Wednesday, May 2012 at 8am

Best Course around at the best price.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Best course in the area
 
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Rank ID # : 017958
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Apopka, FL

$26 (cart included), played on Saturday, January 2011 at 8am

New owners,competative pricing,great layout and great condition.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Best course in the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 016696
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Ocala, FL

$41 (cart included), played on Sunday, January 2010 at 10am

To be fair to the fairway ranking, there was a hard freeze the night before. Tempatures at playing time were about 38 degrees. The food in the club house was good but the waitress/bartender was rude. I have played this course several times over the years, including the weekend it first opened. The course is 40 miles from my home and I play it 3-4 times a year. The course itself is worth the drive. The staff keeps going down hill however.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 009310
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Winter Springs, FL

$26 (cart included), played on Saturday, July 2009 at 8am

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 007498
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Orlando, FL

$41 (cart included), played on Friday, March 2008 at 10am

Greens were very spotty with grass, they had been sanded and verticut but we were not told...it was stated: The couse is in great shape! It was disappointing.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
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Rank ID # : 001896
4.3/5
Based on 12 reviews
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