Black Bear GCBlack Bear Golf Club

Black Bear Golf Club
138 Route 23 North
Franklin, New Jersey 07416
Sussex County

Phone(s): (973) 209-2521, (973) 827-5996, (973) 827-4357
Fax: (973) 827-3548
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Black Bear Golf Club is part of the Crystal Springs Resort, which offers six other courses, though, it's hard to remember they're connected since they each offer a distinct character and look. Unlike Ballyowen and Crystal springs, two of the resort's most well known courses, Black Bear has more of a parkland layout. The course tumbles across rolling hills covered with trees, which come into play along the undulating fairways and greens. Water only comes into play on three holes but there are a whopping 65 bunkers coming into play. It's challenging but not frustrating. Both low and high handicappers will enjoy not only the golf course but also the beautiful scenery. Black Bear is one of the best values in the area and has garnered a strong local following.

Black Bear Golf Club
2.5 stars out of 5 (based on 1 reviews)
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A view of hole #13 at Black Bear Golf ClubA view of hole #7 at Black Bear Golf Club

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Jack Kurlander
  • Public/Private: Public/Resort
  • Year opened: 1996
  • Golf Season: Open: 3/15 Closed: 12/31
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways: Ryegrass
  • Greens: Bentgrass


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes - included in green fees

Green fees price ranges

Course policies

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

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
championship/black 72 6673 130 72.2
forward/red (W) 72 4785 116 67.7
middle/blue 72 6334 127 71
other/white 72 5883 124 67.8
other/white (W) 72 5883 123 70.9

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Black Bear Golf Club
    2.5 stars out of 5
    by Dale Carson
    on October 28th, 2017 08:41
    Disappointed with conditions at Black Bear Golf Course. Played the course and 8 of the holes are cart path only. Makes for a long game with plenty of tiring walking and bringing the wrong clubs to your ball. Hole 2 is a par 5 and permanently closed for repairs. Two of the holes had the white tees moved up to the red tees, shortening the holes by 50-60 yards. The green on the par 5 Hole 13 is a joke. The slant on the green brings your ball back to you several times. This is like minature golf challenge. Other greens are 40-50 yards wide, so landing on the green means at least 2-3 putts. Slow play by other golfers only added to the frustration. Rethinking whether to play here again.
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