Great Bear Golf Club

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4.5
37
5 Stars
21
4 Stars
13
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.4
94.4%
Recommend this course
35 out of 37 reviews
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4.5
21
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.6
Pace
3.7
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.6
90.5%
Recommend this course
19 out of 21 reviews
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4.5
21
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.6
Pace
3.7
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.6
90.5%
Recommend this course
19 out of 21 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 7025
Slope 139
Rating 73.4
Type Semi-Private
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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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 7025 yards 73.4 139
Gold 71 6537 yards 71.3 138
Blue 71 6105 yards 69.7 133
White 71 5754 yards 68.2 128
White (W) 71 5754 yards 74.1 133
Red (W) 71 4949 yards 68.7 117
Scorecard for Great Bear
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 73.5/143 376 189 455 514 462 436 175 578 373 3558 460 222 405 199 451 523 191 441 575 3467 7025
Gold M: 71.5/139 339 183 426 495 413 395 157 548 337 3293 424 196 383 178 437 508 166 417 535 3244 6537
Blue M: 69.8/135 323 162 403 475 393 375 127 503 322 3083 389 182 362 162 388 492 146 387 514 3022 6105
White M: 68.2/133 W: 74.0/137 308 155 384 466 375 340 112 483 291 2914 369 168 341 135 359 477 133 366 492 2840 5754
Red W: 69.1/129 279 127 341 437 311 300 96 447 265 2603 302 153 285 115 211 408 97 327 448 2346 4949
Handicap 11 9 1 5 3 15 17 7 13 8 14 2 16 10 12 18 4 6
Par 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 4 36 4 3 4 3 4 5 3 4 5 35 71
Handicap (W) 12 16 2 4 8 10 14 6 18 7 11 3 13 17 5 15 9 1

Course Details

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

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker 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

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4.5
37
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

GREAT Bear

Beautiful course. Very well maintained for the time of year.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Great Bear Golf Club
Commented On 10/16/2018

Thank you very much. Our team works very hard to make sure you have some of the best conditions in town to play and with all of the rain you know they've had their work cut out for them. This is why we appreciate your wonder compliment.

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Amazing course that is worth the drive and the money.

My cousin Bob and I drove down from the Binghamton area on a cool, October afternoon. The course was lightly trafficked and we were able to breeze through check in. The pro shop staff were cordial and helped get us started in the right direction. The course was wet from the previous day's rain and as such, it was cart path only. Fortunately, we were both hitting the ball well and didn't have to do a lot of exploring. Many of the traps had standing water and were unplayable (not the course's fault). The fairways were in great shape, despite being spongy. The tee boxes were a little beat up, but they're clearly doing work on them to prepare for winter. The greens were in nice shape and sneaky tough. The carts were gas powered and clean/well maintained. One little quirk to note is that hole #8 gets you the closest to the clubhouse. #9 then plays away from it and #10 is nowhere near it. As such, grab a "to go" menu from Jack's bar/grille on check in (as we did) and call in to order your food before teeing off on #7. The food was high quality and reasonably priced, considering the venue. We had a great time and will definitely be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Great Bear Golf Club
Commented On 10/16/2018

Thank you for your 5-star rating! With all of the rain we've been having the past few weeks we appreciate your kind words and consideration. Our team has been working as hard as they can to try and give you the best course conditions possible. Your compliment is wonderful validation of all of their hard work. We hope that you'll be back sooner rather than later.

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 10/17/2018

We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

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Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Beautiful course

Absolutely beautiful course. Every hole a little different, nice elevations throughout, challenging par 3s and 5s, greens in excellent condition. Will play this course again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented On 10/17/2018

Thank you for your 5-star rating! Book another round with us soon.

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Reluctantly share this with the world. Whenever I’m in the area must play

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

GREAT LAYOUT, but SLOWWW PLAY, useless ranger and no course maps anywhere.

Considering the recent deluge and greens aerification, the course was in very good shape. Some of the tees were bare and most were uneven. The green complexes are vintage Nicklaus, fair, but penal to bad shots. There were more than a few blind tee shots. Normally this would not be a problem, but since there were no course maps to be had anywhere, we had to rely on our playing partners who had played there before.

The pace of play was HORRID. The ranger was unable and unwilling to help. He blamed the slow play on one group, but said he was not going to do anything. What good is a ranger if they don’t move people along? After 4 hours in 90 degree heat, on the 14th tee, he joked as to why we weren’t further along. Not funny. He said he was unwilling to have them skip a hole, because they players were old. We figured it was be abuse they were members.

The fairways are generous, but undulating, the greens were frequently a significant trek from the cart path, usually sloped severely. If you cannot walk up and down 3 flights of stairs, do not play this course.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great deal

excellent course - golf now price great - good 19th hole - some wet spots after lots of rain but to no consequence

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

great views thruout the round

A great course to play depends on what tees you play from can be very big challenge. Enjoyable to play

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course

Great course but very slow play. Did not see ranger all day.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Must play

I can not believe it took me this long to play for the first time.Will be part of the rotation going forward.GREAT LAYOUT

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

A Difference

Years ago, I read that Jack Nicklaus's design philosophy was based upon standing on the tee and seeing the hole layout in front of you. Not true here, blind shots abound. Someone cut corners in construction

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course, every shot needed

Deep rough, but wide fairways.

Beautiful views, and some fun holes.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

First Class

This course is wonderful. Great conditions and fair to average to good players. Relatively open fairways for a mountain course, interesting holes. Just a lot of fun to play. Unfortumately,, a group outing on 6/11 left quite a few ball marks on the green. It might pay for the starter to remind golfers to repair their divots and ball marks. Would play again in a heartbeat.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful place

Loved the layout. Several blind tee shots. Gps on your phone or a yardage book required until familiar. Fast greens and well manicured. We played at 2pm when the price went down, but next time a want to play earlier to hopefully avoid the late day slow play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great shape

The course was in terrific condition, with immaculate fairways and fairly quick greens. I loved the layout and if I loved around here I would play here all of the time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Response from Great Bear Golf Club on 06/06/2018:
Hello, thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to review your experience with us, we truly appreciate your feedback and will certainly pass it along to our team. We hope to have another opportunity to welcome you back to the 5-star experience that you deserve.
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