The Black Bear Golf Club is located at Poverty Point State Park near Delhi in the most northeastern portion of the Louisiana. This Bechtol Russell design has consistently ranked as one of the best golf courses in the state. I must admit it was probably my most favourite layout because of the well tree-lined fairways and huge elevation changes but over the last couple of years the conditioning has definitely deteriorated. Due to state budget cuts, the minimal greens staff had been forced to abandon the fairway bunkers which are now considered ground under repair. Recently, however they were able to receive an additional $500,000 in funding to replace all the green-side bunkers. At least now you can visualize how great this golf course could be with additional resources.
One of my favourite holes was the par-3 6th but if the pin is on the right side it is almost impossible to get it close as there is very little green to work with plus there is a bunker upfront and a big swale behind.
The par-4 7th hole features a visually stunning uphill blind tee shot to a green that is tucked into a valley.
Hole-10 is a par-4 button hook to the right with a green perched just over a river. Good luck if the pin is upfront.
Date: May 11, 2017