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1500 Alexander Rd
Vanderbilt, MI  49795-9709
United States
P: (989) 983-4441
F: (989) 983-4456
Black Bear Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 6,504 yards

Bent grass

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Black Bear Golf Course

The 18-hole "Black Bear" course at the Black Bear Golf Club facility in Vanderbilt, Michigan features 6,504 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Designed by Mark Sauger, the Black Bear golf course opened in 1996. Rick Babbitt manages the course as the Owner.

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Time5am - 9pm
Price $0 - $500
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Started off with an attitude in the pro shop at check in. - That should have been an indicator of what was to come. Waited 10 minutes to hit while standing in the first fairway. Waited to hit on every shot for the entirety of the first nine holes. The bunkers had not been raked all season, they looked like a herd of wild bulls had been running through them. 3 hours 10 minutes to play the front. I just through my clubs in the car at the turn and was prepared to leave. My brother went in to see if they would give some form of credit for the pro shop, golf, or food to compensate for the miserable golf experience. He was told that 6 hour rounds are common here? He indicated that was unacceptable and ridiculous. He was summarily cussed out and asked to leave and never come back. DO NOT PLAY THIS COURSE UNLESS YOU FEEL 6 hour rounds are acceptable. The entire experience at this course was below average. They do not know how to run a golf course!!!!!

Reviewed August 07, 2013

The course is rough in some areas. Not nearly as nice as other up north courses. We purchased the Up North card which, when paid for, allows the golfer to play for the cost of the cart fee. Last year the cart fee was $15. This year they hiked the cart fee to $25! This was especially interesting since you can get 18 holes of golf with a cart at this course for that amount on line. This course was not worth paying this cart fee plus the cost of the up north card. Talk about taking advantage of people!

Reviewed September 04, 2012

Do not play this course! Mgt. would not honor a rain check after playing 4 holes! We had 18 golfers! We will never book another outing @ this course!

Reviewed August 25, 2009

Reviewed September 08, 2008

This course has above-average fairway and tee box conditions including large, lightning fast and highly contoured greens. In my book so far, so good, but there are several blind tee shots to contend with. Few driving holes have the entire hole in easy sight but the pay-off is the many attractive approaches trying to hit those greens. It is a very scenic course with some rolling hills. Many of the holes are guarded by mounding instead of trees, especially on the back nine. It has a links feel. If you hit a foul tee shot you'll probably have a decent chance out of the desert-like scrub instead of dealing with trees. I played on a Saturday morning in early September for just $32. Apparently the "summer" in this part of Michigan was over as vacationers were gone. No matter - the course was in prime condition! Another nice touch is that this course actually has 19 holes on the scorecard. The 19th is a nasty 160 yd par 3 to get "warmed up" on. The pro shop was poorly stocked to practically non-existent but the staff was very friendly and helpful.

Reviewed August 25, 2007

Beautiful but strategic flawed.
This course might be great if you are playing when there is no one there or if all the golfers playing are more skilled that you, otherwise trouble can abound. The large number of blind shots is the flaw especially when combined with the narrow fairways. The combination can make for a frustrating slow and trying round. Considering its isolated location and the all the fine courses in the area it will be on my C list.
July 2007

Reviewed July 02, 2007


Course is in great shape!! Helpful and Friendly staff. Great golf. Highly recommend.


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  • Latest Scores
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Ron T. 5 79 74 06/19/09
2 Jim P. 26 101 75 07/03/08
3 Rick K. 23 98 75 06/12/08
4 shawn H. 9 86 77 08/16/07
5 Tom B. 13 90 77 08/16/10
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About Black Bear

Black Bear Golf Club

Golf Only facility

76 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Rick Babbitt, Owner
Ian Murphy, Superintendent
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