Grand Bear on the Mississippi coast is one of the Golden Bear's most enjoyable golf courses

SAUCIER, Miss. -- Grand Bear Golf Course, a semiprivate golf course that also serves as an aminity Harrah's Gulf Coast Casino Hotel & Spa, is simply one of the most enjoyable Jack Nicklaus designs you'll ever play.

The fairways are generous, the greens are beautifully sculpted and the bunkering, while not easy, frames the holes well. Plus, it's carved out of natural forest and wetlands that give each hole a unique and memorable look. The course can play as long as 7,224 yards or as short as 4,802 yards from the Teddy Bear tees, perfect for juniors or shorter hitters.

Apr 20, 2015

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Mike Bailey

Senior Staff Writer

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.