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138 State Rt 23
Franklin, NJ  07416-2002
United States
P: (973) 864-8891
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

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Black Bear Golf Course

The 18-hole "Black Bear" course at the Crystal Springs Resort Black Bear Course 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.


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Reviewed November 12, 2012

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.

Reviewed August 19, 2012

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.

Reviewed November 19, 2010

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.

Reviewed August 04, 2010

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.

Reviewed July 04, 2010

Reviewed April 11, 2010

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:


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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
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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Golf Course Information

About Crystal Springs Resort Black Bear Course

Crystal Springs Resort Black Bear Course

Golf Only facility

Managed by Crystal Springs Resort

25 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

Awards at Crystal Springs Resort Black Bear Course

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Course Staff

Art Walton, Vice President Golf Operations
Ryan Delaney, Golf Professional
Don MacKay, Superintendent

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