Black Bear Golf Club opened in 1989 along Highway 9 in the community of Longs, South Carolina. Designed by Tom Jackson, the course sits on coastal parkland near the border between North and South Carolina. This places it toward the northern end of the Grand Strand, in full view of visitors making there way into or out of town for their vacations. It is well-regarded as an excellent escape for both locals and traveling golfers alike. The staff mirrors the quality of the golf course, with Patrick Wilkinson, head golf professional and general manager, having been named the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association’s Employee of the Year in 2008.
Black Bear sports well-maintained Champion Bermuda greens, regarded as one of the best surfaces on which to putt in the South. It is a par-72 track that measures a comfortable 6,787 yards from the back Black set of tees. Three additional sets of tees, spaced out at 6,181 yards, 5,555 yards and 4,861 yards serve middle- and high-handicap men, seniors and low-handicap women and juniors and middle- and high-handicap women golfers, respectively.
Black Bear features an exciting set of four par fives, ranging in length from the 513-yard 12th to the 579,yard third. The best of the bunch, however, is the 533-yard 18th, a picturesque risk-reward beauty. The green is reachable in two strong shots, but the second requires a carry over a lake the last 200 yards to the putting surface. The stately clubhouse frames the scene, sitting just behind the 18th green.