The Bear is Waiting for You!

An Orlando great gets even betterAfter a full year of committed new ownership, an intense focus on course conditioning and customer service and a golf course design that is truly inspired, there’s only one message being told at Black Bear Golf Club these days…

The Bear is Back, and that is great news for Central Florida golf.

A P.B. Dye-designed classic located just outside of Orlando, Black Bear is one of only a few links-style layouts located in Central Florida. The course takes full advantage of spectacular mounding, significant bunkering and challenging, well-guarded greens. From the back of its four sets of tees, the course can stretch to more than 7,000 yards, providing more than a stiff test for the finest of golfers.

Patrick Sheehan“Black Bear has been consistently one of the best conditioned public courses around Orlando. The practice facility is the best around. Black Bear is all about golf.”

– Patrick Sheehan,
Tour Professional


In fact, the course has played host to seven United States Amateur Public Links tournaments, Canadian Tour events and several NGA Hooters Tour competitions. The facility is also home to several PGA and Tour players, providing true insight into just how special Black Bear is. All this, and one of the most reasonable green fee structures in Central Florida, and one sees why The Bear is an Orlando must-play.

“The course has a real pedigree,” said Richard Horton, managing partner of Black Bear. “Golfers can play on a tourlevel course that all the pros play on, and not lose their wallet doing it.”

Since taking over the course last year, Horton and his ownership group have moved quickly to return the The Bear to its prominent past. They invested in improving course conditioning, from greens and bunkers to landscaping, and have put work into the impressive 40,000-square-foot practice facility that includes a 400-yard double-sided driving range with 12 target greens and a 16,000-square-foot practice putting green.

The green of the 429-yard, par-4 ninth, Black Bear’s signature hole, is set in a natural amphitheater and protected by deep bunkering.

It’s the design, however, that has been drawing both local and visiting golfers to Black Bear since Day One. Visually and strategically defined by rolling mounds and deep, gorgeous bunkers, Black Bear truly is a special course. When played early in the morning or late in the afternoon it’s even more spectacular as the rising and setting sun illuminates The Bear’s rolling hills and undulating greens. “Play this course at just the right time of day and it can be inspiring,” Horton said.

Though featuring few forced carries to worry golfers, The Bear boasts 120 bunkers, the majority of which are strategically located throughout the course and are prepared to catch wayward or poorly executed shots. Though strong throughout, the front side is highlighted by a strong finish on the eighth and ninth holes, the only two featuring trees in play at Black Bear.

Similar holes in look and feel, both require drives that navigate towering oaks that loom along the fairway and approach shots to greens that are well-bunkered.

At 425 yards from the back tees, the par-4 tenth requires a big drive and delicate touch around the green.

The signature hole at Black Bear, the ninth is simply gorgeous, with the large oaks and a green that is set in a natural amphitheater that sits just to the right of Black Bear’s stunning clubhouse. Black Bear features a full-service restaurant – The Bear’s Den – that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Don’t delay your Black Bear experience. Join the select group of golfers who dare to dare the bear! To book your tee time visit, or call (352) 357-4732.


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