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4.6
92 Reviews (92)
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.1
95.8%
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88 out of 92 reviews
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4.5
42 Reviews (42)
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.8
97.6%
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4.5
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.8
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 71
Length 7025 yards
Slope 143
Rating 73.5

Great Bear Golf Club in East Stroudsburg offers northeast Pennsylvania's only Jack Nicklaus-designed course. Formerly known as Great Bear Golf & C.C., it changed ownership in 2012 but both the quality and popularity of the course have remained constant since it first opened in 1997. The course has garnered plenty of recognition over the years including being ranked as one of he best golf courses in Pennsylvania by both GolfWeek and Golf Digest. Nicklaus utilized the natural features of the site including the lakes and streams, rolling terrain, and abundant wetlands. In addition to all of the natural hazards, he also added nearly 50 strategically placed bunkers. Great Bear is a fair test but Nicklaus incorporated playability into his design as well, giving it appeal for a wide range of skill levels.

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Course Details

Year Built 1997
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season April - November
Architect Jack Nicklaus (1997) David Heatwole (1997)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Bird Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed No
Dress code Collared shirt required

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities, Showers, Lockers, Locker Rooms

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Available Sports

Tennis

Accolades

Reviews

4.6
92 Reviews (92)
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Reviews 32
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Quick round

The course was in great shape especially after the rain last night. Driving the fairways except for one and the par 3s helped keep pace moving. The greens are very good and the fairways were clean and cut. No hastles with leaves yet. Round was only 3 hours but I was playing alone so for me this turned out terrific. Well worth the time to play this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Like this course

We like this track and the conditions were good. They they were missing the ball washers on the tee boxes and the have no restaurant service during the pandemic but the course was in good condition.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

First Class

Awesome golf course and with 5 sets of tees - great for every level of play. Great staff, friendly and helpful.
Very special Nicklaus layout..

Only negative was 5 hour round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Love this course!

Every hole is unique in approach and technique required to hit par. The green ran true. The scenery fantastic and it’s always a treat to come and play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course

A great experience despite the COVID issues we all face. On arrival the staff took clubs and gave us all information we needed.
Driving range is a few minutes away from clubhouse so plan accordingly.
Course layout is great from the back tees and the greens are typical Nicklaus greens which are challenging if you don’t have the right angle into each green.
Greens aren’t great considering the traffic the course is facing and lots of ball marks not replaced meaning you’ll be frustrated with some bouncers.
Cart girl doesn’t come until 10-11am at the earliest.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 30
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 30
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 30
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

SGEMEM

Always enjoyable playing this track . Pace of play always steady, course always in good shape and the staff is very accommodating. Could have helped to see the cart girls a few more times during the round especially w/o water in the course. A suggestion get rid of the noodles in the cup.... no longer necessary. Great spit and time.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

I was supposed to have a tee time for 9-5 at 910am but Great Bear said I didn't have one but got us out anyway but i noticed it was switched to 9-8. Please refund my money.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 80
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
Philly Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Classic Nicklaus - some oddities with club

The design was what I thought from what little I know about Nicklaus design methods. I had to play a variety of shots, but my swing was 'on' so it didn't bother me. As the introduction said, it's not designed for the scratch golfer, but for the more normal Joe out there. So you got a good round with a taste of design without coming away feeling beat up.

The fairways were outstanding. Wonderful to hit off. Tee boxes good, not great nor bad. Greens were in good shape but very very slow. There was heavy rains late in the previous day and that slowed down the entire course and made the greens roll like stuck in mud. The traps were often full of water. That was something I thought odd. A top course the friday before labor day weekend in touristy Poconos and they aren't pumping the water out. I've been on lesser courses who do that the day after a heavy rain.

The folks I met were all friendly. I found the layout very odd, let me explain. Hole number 1 is past part of a hole and over a road. The 8th hole ends at the club house, then you go back over a road to play 3 holes, then back on this side to finish and a few holes there are not near each other. The range is a distance away but not toooo far. It took away from the experience. I like the traditional hole organization and being a modern built design I didn't understand why.

But it's one worth playing. i'd like to try it again when it's not so wet and see how it plays.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 109
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 38
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

The down side to this course is that you often exit the fairway a long distance from the green and the cart path is up a steep hill and you might have to walk back to your ball

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Hidden Gem

Very nice design. The course was in excellent condition, very good pace of play and friendly staff.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

A Jack Nicklaus Signature Course

We got this course for a great 'hot deal' on GolfNow for a Monday round. If you can do that, it almost feels like stealing! The condition of the course was fabulous. Greens were relatively quick and very true. Tee boxes level and manicured. The course is challenging but playable. Not a lot of level lies in the fairways, so be good with that. A great variety of holes. Long and short par 3s, 4's and 5s. We hit every club. A terrific day. We were quite satisfied

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Well done Jack.

Loved the track. Bit of a challenge. Great terrain.
Prime course conditions.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course!

While this is a beautiful course in fantasy shape, the pace of play is HORRENDOUS! This is a resort style course so there are people out there who have NEVER picked up a golf club before. And no rangers to speed up play.
This was the second time playing there and it was the same slow play.
Where did golf etiquette and courtesy go? Not here.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
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