Bear's Best Golf Course

3.9548000000 4.0 stars from 5 (221)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7194 yards
  • Slope: 147
  • Rating: 74.0

  • 11111 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV, 89135, USA
  • (866) 385-8500, (702) 605-0649
  • www.bearsbestlasvegas.com

Year built: 2001
Architect(s): Jack Nicklaus
Type: Resort
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Paul Wilson Golf School"

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7194 yards 74.0 147
Blue 72 6628 yards 71.3 130
White 72 6043 yards 68.3 122
Red 72 5043 yards 68.7 116

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.0 stars from 5
Overall Condition: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 221 Reviews
5 stars:
80
4 stars:
81
3 stars:
39
2 stars:
12
1 stars:
9

recommend this course

181 out of 220 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views a weekend splurge   Challenges include bunkers elevation changes forced carries   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

Reviews


Overall Rating
Recommended
Handicap
Age
Type of Golfer
Gender

"Not Bears best"


GateG's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens were terrible, brown and lots of patch work. Tee boxes hadn't been cut in a few days. Hard to hit an iron off the tee box. No marshalls for help and you saw the cart girl only once on each side. Not a lot of players on the course, wonder why?


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Great collection of holes combined"


Joey4366101's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a month
Handicap: Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/12/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I selected to play this course while in town based on it containing 18 of Jack's favorite holes. There was several challenging holes and the use of black sand on several holes was a first for me.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"very very beautiful desert golf course"


DIDIERV's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

very beautiful golf course
elevation tees
lakes
desert
scenics views
perfect greens and fairways
all is perfect


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"bears best"


Gund1953's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens not in good shape, putting was tough, for this price they should be better, thought it might be weather but other Vegas greens are in great shape. Course is slightly misleading as it should be Bears best Desert Course holes with one from Castle Pines


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"What a treat!"


telrod11's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Really enjoyed playing BB. The practice facilities are top notch! Fairways and greens pristine!

If you have a chance, play BB. I like it much better than TPC Las Vegas.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Try it."


olesen12's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a month
Handicap: 5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I would recommend playing this course for all levels. Looking forward to going back now that I know layout of holes


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bears Best!"


bskubish's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It's a pretty cool concept. I'm not sure if the Bear himself would be too proud of the condition of the course at its present state. Being March I didn't expect lush anything and I wasn't disappointed. I played from the way backs and I have to say, I still don't think these re-production holes are to scale. They just seemed too short. The course is beautiful and with every hole lined with 5+ million dollar homes, the views were awesome. I have no idea how they can charge $200+ to play it but thank goodness for last minute golfnow because I played it for $50. Free range balls! Great staff, great putting green.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Group Golf Outing"


ej5retired's avatar
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/01/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Great golf course for all skill level, had a group of 28 players, staff and course was great. A must play when in Las Vegas


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Jack wouldn't be happy!"


boomer3297's avatar
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/27/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Played in late Feb. 2015.... greens were terrible as read in previous reviews around the web.... Pace of play was awful, 5 and a half hours at the least.... don't quite understand because course is not difficult (no blind shots, fairly easy greens). Called for a marshal on the 4th hole as we were backed up with three groups on third, fourth and fifth hole... was told marshal would come right out.... not a single staff member showed up.

These are some of Jack's best holes only from the west coast of US. Very nondescript. Other than 3 or 4 holes others very plain nothing unique.

Spoke to outside help after playing and blamed slow play on tourists drinking and having too much fun. No excuse. Plenty of other places to play and don't pay full price for this place.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Fair

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Amazing layout, beautiful course, could be 5 stars with maintenance"


calebkim's avatar
Age: 35-44
Gender: Female

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/26/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

One of the best layouts in vegas. Very different and interesting holes throughout the course. If green maintenance were improved, it could be worth the rack rates. If you get a deal under $100, it's definitely worth playing. Now with Golfnow no longer rebating fees, you best check their website and book there if rates are the same.

The Good:
- Great layout (I think better than TPC, which I rank up there in Vegas) with different/interesting holes
- Fairway was in immaculate shape
- I actually like how they let the rough go yellow...the contrast with the dark green fairways adds to the visual
- Staff was friendly. Food was good.
- Pace of play was good when I went b/c we were a 3-some behind a bunch of 3-somes. Bag attendants acknowledged it could get bad at times.

The Bad:
- Greens look beat up, no better visually than a muni. You could tell it gets a lot of play, and play from people that are probably novices - a lot of unrepaired ball marks. Given the bad look of the greens, they actually rolled okay. I think even cutting it down so that it rolls faster would have helped, but it was a bit on the slower side.
- Bunkers were in decent good shape overall, but some bunkers were very thin and many had a lot of small rocks in it. They spent some money to repair from what I hear and I hear it was very thin/bad not too long ago.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course


"Not sure what to think about it"


StevenHarvey's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The bad: First I will start with the food. It was AWFUL. Me nor my partner could even get threw half of our sandwiches (roast beef, and turkey bacon). Second, I only needed a putter to rent and they charged me $50, (almost more then what I booked for on golfnow). The cab ride to and from the strip was $100. Our cart died on hole 12 and the computer system on the cart wouldn't work to get a new cart out to us (had to push it up the hills until new cart arrived).
The good: we got paired with 2 really cool guys that helped us with the course. Lots of neat holes, with some really cool houses and views. I thought it was in pretty good shape for being February.
Steve


18 Hole Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Overall Condition: Average


I recommend this course


"Wonderful experience"


u000002119186's avatar
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I am a solid 15 handicap. I played up on the white boxes. It made the course manageable and fun. The course is layed out very well and is very challenging. It was worth the $50 cab ride from the strip. I would definitely play this course again and again.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excekkrnt"


Connor0044's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course and great experience. It is challenging, but very fun!


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course"


bryanboam's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very interesting course. Not a typical layout. I liked reading about where each hole was from. Don't miss the website flyover and commentary from the Golden Bear.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


Milton6898594's avatar
Age: 45-54
Gender: Female
Skill: Intermediate

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I lucked up and was able to book a tee time on golf now for $40.00. The practice facilities and golf course were in great shape and the staff was pleasure. My only complaints were that the pace of play was slow and the green fees a little high.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course


"Overall"


Bohsedie's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent golf club & course, very nice staff ...!
I was lucky because I got a very, very special green fee at 10:40 for $ 45,00 instead of $ 159,00 ....!!!!
For $ 159,00 the course is overrated ..!
! would play the course again, but never for $ 159,00 ...!


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Bears Okay"


beaudurkee's avatar
Age: 45-54
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

I expected better from the reviews and the cost. Pros first, close to town, good service, challenging course, interesting mix of holes that made for a enjoyable enough day. Cons, many greens were suffering from overplay, lots of noise from surrounding construction, didn't have the atmosphere of a fine golf course. Felt more like a munie... for a lot more money. Played Coyote Springs the day before, another Nicklaus design, twice the course for half the price.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Good


I don't recommend this course


"The name says it all"


svharmon's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a month
Handicap: 15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing this course and quite a few of the holes provide a real challenge. Starting with the first hole you get a sense what your day is going to be like...with it's water trouble down the left and waste land on the right, the green is small with bunkers all around.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Terribly Slow"


Angelahenderson's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Play all over the country and never have seen the lack of marshaling (none) with tee times booked tight. Greens were in poor condition, fairways ok. Paid for 18 holes but we were only able to finish 15 before dark. Actually played #14 in the dark. 4 1/2 hour pace is too slow for golfnow.com.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Fair

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"My favorite course in Vegas"


ASU2011's avatar
Age: 25-34
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

I paid a low rate for an afternoon tee time, but knowing it gets dark at 5pm this time of year I was not expecting to get done. The course is in great shape for winter conditions, but that was expected as its winter, too bad others who expect Augusta National confitions cannot grasp that concept when rating facilities on here, I wish players would fix ball marks, i noticed many and fixed way more than my share but I was just happy to be out on the links for an afternoon.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Overall Condition: Fair

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course