Welcome to Black Bear Golf Club

Vanderbilt, MI

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Black Bear Golf Club offers a unique & distinctive Northern Michigan assortment of Scottish links style holes blended with traditional tree-lined holes, that will inspire you to mark your calendars for your next golf vacation and years to follow.

Golfers of all abilities will find Black Bear has several tee box options from forward Red tees back to the Black tips at just under 6500 yards. The forward tees offer a real advantage as some of the blind tee shots are taken out of play. The middle Gold tees offer quite the challenge, yet easier tee box access and less elevation in spots. Most of our Guests score their best from the White tees at 5,814 yards. Pro’s Tip to lower score here is don’t putt downhill.

Our large green-scapes (we have enough for two golf courses) offer several pin locations offering back-to-back players a different look each time they play, and help reduce heavy foot traffic during busy times helping keep our greens in pristine condition! In case you’re wondering, our course record is only -4 under par 68.


Black Bear Golf Club in the Gaylord area is located just 8 miles north of Gaylord at I-75 exit 290 in Vanderbilt. Black Bear is easily accessible from 3 major thoroughfares. For guests coming from the west-side of the state, we are 18 miles from U.S. 131, from east or west only 10 miles from M-32, and of course I-75 runs right along 1.5 miles of Black Bear frontage…have you seen the flagpoles on your way Up North?

Black Bear offers Exclusive Partner Golf Packages with area resorts & hotels that include unlimited golf. When it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, Black Bear Golf Club offers the best golf value in Michigan!


Being a “stand-alone” golf course has it’s benefits! We’re a family-owned operation since 2005. None of that corporate atmosphere here. Walk-ons welcome, play your radios, no bossy rangers, no dress code (though we prefer at least a collared shirt). Black Bear’s small, loyal staff is our real secret ingredient. Just ask anyone who has met Becky, and had one of our “Best Bloody Marys You’ll Ever Have,” or Joe W. during check-in, had a lesson with our Pro Jade, a drink made by Katy on the bev cart, or chatted with our Irrigation Specialist Nick while digging a hole. We believe that once you play Black Bear, wether it’s the layout, our Staff, course conditions, or the golf value…you’ll want to come back and play again & again.

We will be happy to help arrange lodging in the Gaylord area, or at one of our hotel properties in beautiful Mackinaw City for you or your group.  We have “hot package deals”  for both golf and lodging with all the area courses, hotels and resorts.


The Black Bear’s course amenities are everything you would come to expect of a perennial “People’s Choice Award Winner”.  The Black Bear Grille offers a full bar, a delicious quick-service menu, including the best 1/2 pound burger and coldest beer in Northern Michigan (you may think we’re kidding … but we’re not).

We host all kinds of parties from Class Reunions, to 300 guest weddings, and board meetings.

Full service tournament & outing coordination for groups of all sizes.

First-class driving range & practice facility.

PGA Certified Golf Professional on staff for group & private lessons.

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