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“A Really Enjoyable Experience...1 Bogey”

Black Bear Golf Club
Ranked #6 of 18 things to do in Eustis
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The Villages, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“A Really Enjoyable Experience...1 Bogey”
Reviewed 15 May 2013

We drove through and checked out Black Bear before making tee times for the following week and were disappointed at first blush by the general appearance of the course and adjoining poorly maintained neighborhood homes. The clubhouse seemed OK, but just an average setup...nothing fancy or pretentious anywhere. So, we decided to use our vouchers for range balls, a round of golf and a discount on lunch. None of our 4-some was too excited, but we'd give it a shot and bail out if the course was in real bad shape.
The nitty gritty details:
1) Excellent golf carts with GPS
2) Nice range layout
3) Course in good condition overall, all greens but 2 in real good shape - one being mowed as we played through was covered with big clumps of new clippings, one had some patching going on that was severely burnt.
4) Course is covered with hills and bunkers - difficult if you haven't played it before, because you can't see what's over those hills out in the middle of most fairways.
5) 18th hole is a swell finisher, requiring a 130 yard water carry to the green, longer hitters can go for green in 2, most will need to lay up before making a 130-150 yard shot to green.
6) Lunch in the clubhouse after golf was quite good. Our group had lasagna and burgers/fries, fine portions, reasonable prices and much tastier than we expected. Quick, friendly service.

The only complaint we have is for being scolded for slow play, apparently 2 calls from a 2-some behind us and another 2-some behind them were getting impatient with our 4-some pace. We asked why they were sending out 2-somes and why the 2 sets of 2-somes behind us didn't join up. It appeared this was arranged and we had no further problems with anxious players on our heels. We might have been moving a bit slow, we had 2 ladies in our group with knee injuries, wearing braces, playing on this very hilly unfamiliar course. The ladies were so upset by this, they quit playing after 9 holes. We're "ready golfers" from the Villages and know all about slow play issues.

Black Bear is an enjoyable challenging and different golfing experience than we're used to seeing in the Villages...we'll likely return sometime. I would recommend this course for golf and food...2 thumbs up!

Visited May 2013
3 Thank Gary A
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29 reviews from our community

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English first
Summerfield, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Killer Design”
Reviewed 4 May 2013

Black Bear is a quirky course and when I visited, the maintenance of some areas left a bit to be desired. Also, anyone without strong legs will find mounting many of the tee boxes a real challenge as one must often climb steep slopes from the cart path to the tee boxes. However, the staff was super, the food very good, and the restaurant/bar was picturesque.

Visited June 2012
1 Thank Jim C
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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great golf complex”
Reviewed 23 February 2013

A lovely golf course, nice club house, great buggies, good range, friendly staff. What more do you need? Lovely to play early in the morning, dew on the course, looks great. If you are in the area it should be top of your list alongside eagle dunes which is 5 mins away.

Visited September 2012
Thank Mark L
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Melbourne, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A great day of Golf...”
Reviewed 4 September 2012

I played this Course, today, and was immediately made to feel welcomed by the staff when I checked in. When they discovered it was my first time, the layout was explained, the greens' speed was disclosed, and some helpful hints were shared. I found the fairways and greens to be above average in appearance and playability, the Links course to be challenging, and the cup placement to be fair, but no gimmees here! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Black Bear to anyone, and found it to be well worth the 2-hour drive to get there.

Visited September 2012
Thank BozzzDad
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Orlando, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
142 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2012

We had a nice lunch out there. It was quiet and the food was pretty good

Visited November 2011
Thank sasparilla97
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