Golf Course Overview
Located next to the Black Bear Casino and Hotel, the newly constructed Black Bear Golf Course offers golfers an experience that is unrivaled in its region. Carved into the rich woodlands of Northern Minnesota, the course puts a premium on shot making accuracy as well as on strategic play. Winding through scenic rock outcroppings and spring-fed ponds, the course gives golfers a new perspective of solitude, allowing for a challenging yet enjoyable round of golf.
The Black Bear Golf Course opened to the public in July, 2003, the product of Gilmore Graves Golf, Inc. The 18-hole, PGA-approved championship course features lush bluegrass and rye fairways as well as the area's finest bentgrass greens. The signature hole for the course is the seventh, the longest par 5 on the course with a 25-foot sand bunker shaped like a bear paw. The paw not only serves as a challenging obstacle for the 170-yard fairway, but also signifies the course's name.
Measuring 6,476 yards from the back tees, Black Bear has a USGA slope of 142 and a USGA rating of 72.2. The course also has three sets of tees for golfers of all levels, measuring 5,035 yards from the front tees with a USGA slope of 131 and a USGA rating of 69.8.
The Black Bear clubhouse offers an ideal setting for tournament parties, family reunions, wedding receptions, or just a relaxing lunch during a day of golf. With a capacity in excess of 200, the clubhouse is a great place for socializing and the spacious outdoor deck offers guests a relaxing view of the course.
The facilities at Black Bear also include a public driving range and a pro shop carrying a wide array of apparel and equipment. Lessons with PGA professionals are also available by appointment.