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138 State Rt 23
Franklin, NJ  07416-2002
United States
P: (973) 209-2521
F: (973) 827-3548
Black Bear Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 6,652 yards | 130 slope

72.2 rating

Recommend this course: +0 -0

Black Bear Golf Course Description

The 18-hole "Black Bear" course at the Black Bear Golf Club At Crystal Springs Resort facility in Franklin, New Jersey features 6,652 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 72.2 and it has a slope rating of 130. Designed by Jack Kurlander/David Glenz, the Black Bear golf course opened in 1996. Crystal Springs Resort manages this facility, with Art Walton as the Vice President Golf Operations.

Course Reviews

Beautiful course with some really fun holes. Perhaps a few too many blind spots on par-5s and some rough spots on the greens, but I played in November. Course was crowded and there was always another group coming up from behind, while we were handcuffed by the group ahead. Still, would recommend at least one round there if you get the chance.

The tee times are 9 minues apart, which causes slow play on the course. The greens have been in poor shape for the past two years. There are better options out there.

Not the best of the Crystal Springs resort, but still a very solid public track. The most affordable by far as you can get twilight with a cart for $25 in the summer months. Greens aren't amazing, fairways are usually very well maintained. I'd take this course over 95% of muni courses anyday.

I've played this course just once and doubt I will again. I played the last week of July 2010 and the greens were in absolutely TERRIBLE shape. Too many unrepaired ball marks, too many bare spots, too many burned out and trashed sections on ALL 18 greens. Several of the fairways had been trashed as well and the bunkers were hard as rocks with a very thin veneer of sand on the hardpack beneath. IN addition, the startes got us off 15 min. AFTER our starting time and as I played in twilight, did not finish in daylight (and this was July with DST in place). My only consolation was the Super Twilight rate of $25 w/cart. HAd I paid more I would have been furious as I don't think the course was worth the $25 I paid. The course is used for outings and the David Glenz Golf Academy and while the scenery is beautiful, the course's poor condition diminished the experience. There are too many other courses in the area, AVOID BLACK BEAR AT ALL COSTS or be prepared to THROW away your money and 4 hours + of your time.

I played the course in early April and thought it was maintained well for being so early in the season. Northern New Jersey got a lot of rain the week before we played, so some of the holes were pretty wet (i.e. #3 and #13). Overall I didn't think the course was overly difficult, but a fun play. To see my full review of Black Bear and other courses I have played in NJ go to:

I had a blast on this gorgeous course. And by the way, its not called "Black Bear" for nothing. On hole #1, a mother bear and two cubs strolled right across the fairway. My only complaint was that the starter was grumpier than he should have been. He told us to keep the carts on the path on a few holes, #1 included. Well, on #1, the path led right to where the bears were so we took off across the other side of the fairway. He came over to us to "reexplain" the cart path policy, and was still angry even after we told him about the bears.

Im sorry, its a mama bear and two cubs, or breaking the cart path rule. He didn't have to be mean about it.

Other than that, The course was very well kept, greens were true, and I shot my best score yet. Bears and all.

Service and staff are terrible. Was out for an outing two years in a row. Ran out of food before all were served and ranger is a crabby old twit! Course itself is beautiful once you get over poor service.

Good course. Nice hilly layout. Not as good as other crystal springs courses though.

Fantastic course. My favorite of all the crystal springs courses. The Greens are in good shape. Everyone in the pro shop is extremly kind and helpful. Would recommend to anyone looking for a great golf course.

Nice, well kept course. However, it's insanely pricey on the weekends unless you have the frequent player card or you're rich. There are nicer courses within similar distance of me that are half as much to play. Disease damage on the greens makes for a psychedelic putting experience that I for one didn't appreciate all that much. Good layout. Rangers were friendly, but you knew that if you didn't keep moving along they were going to be on you like white on rice. Saw one on virtually every hole... I for one appreciate that.

Not bad for $82.00 on the weekend. Course in nice shape. Hilly layout. Would play again. Warning: food in clubhouse WAY too expensive including non-alcohol drinks. Bring your own food and drink..or pay up dearly.

Good Course to play

This is a good course to play and relatively inexpensive in the afternoon, especially compared to it's brother courses (Crystal Springs, Ballyowen, Wild Turkey, which are all terrific courses). I play this a handful of times a year. It's a good challenge.

A criticism is that two of the holes have permanently soggy fairways and you can lose a drive down the middle b/c it plugged.

If you're local it's good course to get on quick and play but if you're coming to the area from a distance try the other Crystal Springs Courses first...Wild Turkey is my favorite.


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  • Overall
  • Latest Scores
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Richard H. 10 72 62 07/06/13
2 bret C. 16 80 64 11/30/13
3 dave G. 14 82 68 08/26/07
4 Chris P. 27 96 69 05/28/11
5 Jesse T. 23 92 69 10/06/10
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
31 Bill R. 10 84 74 11/03/16
63 Bill R. 11 88 77 10/03/16
32 Takashi N. 36 110 74 08/23/14
9 Thomas V. 21 92 71 08/20/14
10 jack S. 13 84 71 07/05/14

Golf Course Information

About Black Bear Golf Club At Crystal Springs Resort

Black Bear Golf Club At Crystal Springs Resort

Golf Only facility

Managed by Crystal Springs Resort

25 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

Awards at Black Bear Golf Club At Crystal Springs Resort

No recent major awards have been noted.

Tournaments of Black Bear Golf Club At Crystal Springs Resort

No local tournaments listed for this course.

Course Staff

Art Walton, Vice President Golf Operations
Dan Hintzen, Director of Golf At Black Bear
Don MacKay, Superintendent


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