Great Bear Golf Club

4.5588235294 4.6 stars from 5 (16)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 7025 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 73.4
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: No
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirt required
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 16 Reviews
5 stars:
8
4 stars:
7
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

16 out of 16 reviews


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"great course"


gphin305's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/07/2017
Previously played Used cart

Reviewed on

Excellent designed course. All holes different. Conditions were perfect....although an earlier outing had no clue how to repair ball marks on greens. Several tee boxes to pick your distance. Greens were challenging but not difficult. We'll be back again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A nice course and good response to correct mistakes"


u000007371833's avatar
Age:  55-64

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We had an outing from Virginia and it is a 4 hours drive from our home. We stayed near the course and played two rounds of golf at this course. Overall the course condition is very good. However, we ran into some course player flow issues.

Before I explained what happened to us, I want to first thank the General Manager, Mr. Manley, who accepted our complaints and offer two unlimited rounds to compensate our loss of playing here first time. I fully appreciated Mr. Manley's sincerity and two of our members will plan to take advantage of this offer. Hopefully their experience will be much different than our experience. So overall I am still recommending this course just because Mr. Manley's attitude to improve.

--- Now back to our issues --

The first round were play on 9/17 8:30AM with two tee times. Right before we are heading out to the 10th tee to start from the back-9, the starter inserted a group of four ahead of us playing very slow. The round takes 5.5 hours to complete, which force us to delay our second round in another golf course. The second day tee time also at 8:30AM which was also booked 2 months before along with the hotel package. For this round, the course told us to complete by 11:30 (a 3 hours round? are you kidding me) because they have taken a 120 people short-gun tournament starting at 12NOON. Also, we all play white tee. But because of the tournament, they moved all the white tee to the same tee-off location as red tee. Before we complete 17 hole, all tournament players are rushing in to our un-played holes which cause all the hassles to finish our last two holes and the remaining sentiments after the trip.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Fun course"


razuuun's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played Sunday 130. Pace of play non issue. Course was fun to play excellent mix of holes all different and separate from each other. Played the blues and course was kinda short and definitely don't need to use driver on most holes. Staff was friendly....had a burger at the restaurant and it was pretty good. $65 I felt was a good price for this course. Can't wait to go bad and give it another go.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"great test of golf"


bradco's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We cashed in our 39 dollar vouchers to play Great Bear for the 1st time this past Sunday. Regular Sunday rate was 95, so we had a great deal. The course was not busy and we never had to wait a second to hit a shot.

Great Bear starts out with a medium length par four and a mid iron par 3 and then the teeth of the course kicks in. The 3rd hole is a bear of a par 4 with elevation changes and a long 2nd shot. The 4th is a twisting par 5 that really requires shaping your shot. The 10th hole requires hitting your tee ball over a lagoon and environmental area and its super easy to hit a bad one and have to re tee. That hole and the twisting par 5 18 are both toughies.

The course can only be played by taking a cart as there are big drives between holes. The layout is superb and each hole is private and you cannot see other golfers playing other holes. The bunkering is very well done and you'll have to be very accurate on your approaches to avoid them.

The conditioning of the course is good but not great. The greens were a bit spongy with quite a few ball marks and that could be a result of recent rain. The fairways and tees were good but not pristine as you might expect from a course that charges 95 dollars on a weekend.

Practice facilities here are very good and there are 3 practice greens in various spots. The staff was professional and very nice.

I'd certainly come back to play here if I got another great deal as this is certainly a course that challenges all parts of your game.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Challenging track but playable for all levels"


Luckyshank's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
New York Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Beautiful Easter Sunday weather so I was fortunate to enjoy this track on a day which wasn't busy. Conditions were fantastic for this early on the season. Typical Nicklaus design with various blind shots requiring target golf thinking. From the back tee boxes, this course can be a challenge for just about anyone. Got to play this track on the Shawnee Inns stay and play package. Great value if you plan on playing at both facilities.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Best kept secret in the poconos"


djjaimej's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Well-worth the ride up 209 past a few other golf courses (though Fernwood, even playing quirky, is a lot of fun). $45 twilight in the summer with a cart for a Nicklaus course, you really can't complain. It is a really tough little place to play. This is my third or fourth trip this year. As a "guest" (it is semi-private), you can actually play up to 6 times a season. You'll know when to go for it and when to lay up very quickly on this course. most of the greens are VERY well guarded.this is what makes scoring tough. the Par 5's on the front are tough, and 3 shot holes.

The clubhouse is beautiful (full locker room, shower, everything but the razor) and i'm glad they re-opened this place. 18th is a great finishing hole. I actually saw a baby black bear walking across 18's green as I approached for my third shot.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Poconos Gem"


David3049645's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful golf course, great layout. Very generous fairways make for playable tee shots but challenge is still there with shots to greens.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"What a course!"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

A great course which I suggest to play to anyone who happens to be in the area. A great surprise for me as I have played many courses in West NJ. I usually don't love the Jack Niklaus design but I have to admit this is a great design. All holes are "unique" also because you never see another hole from the one you are playing. Every hole is surrounded by a wonderful forest. Conditions of the course were very very good and even if the greens were aereated only a couple of weeks ago they were among the fastest I ever found around here. If you are in the area do not miss the opportunity to play such a nice course at a very decent price ($75 for an 8am tee time on a weekday)


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great course but"


u000006787866's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

This course is absolutely beautiful but two things my group of 8 golfers arrived for lunch before the round and we were greeted by a lady who I think was the manager we asked if there were any specials on drinks for the July 4th weekend she said yes all draft beers are $2 we said great so she told us the options and we all decided on Stella well when the bill came were charged a lot more I think 5 or 6 dollars when we brought it to her attention she said no I said yeungling draft none of us heard that but it didn't let it ruin our round until the 14th hole when one of our drives hit a cart path and was about one foot off the course when I approached the ball a rude elderly man went nuts and started yelling at me calling me names and telling me to get off his property and telling his wife to get mase to spray us I thought it was a joke cause we were that close to the cart path so if you do play this course 14th hole keep it right of the fairway if you don't wanna get pepper sprayed its to bad cause loved the actual course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Very nice course. Maybe a $25 premium to play a Nicklaus' designed course"


Jalepeno's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2014
First time playing Used cart

Reviewed on

Very nice course cut through an upscale development that did not intrude on the course. You were not concerned about shelling a 500K home! Very wide fairways, plenty long with multiple tee boxes to choose from. Course was in nice shape. Good speed on greens that had reasonable undulation. $90 on a Saturday afternoon a bit pricy. Enjoyed lunch before the round.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course over priced."


Mike8265327's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/06/2013
First time playing

Reviewed on

That price I would have rather played at Bethpage black. Way to much waiting after every hole. They should at least give you a sleeve of balls or a bottle of water . It's a very challenging course and something that you have to play a couple of time to get the hang of it. Overall it was nice for maybe one a year. To expensive plus travel gas food your going to be looking at a $250 day.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Every hole was unique"


1969corvette's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A very challenging course while still being playable for the average golfer.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good design"


Vern78's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/24/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course played fair (I played the blue tees)<br/> Greens were aerated but for the most part didn't affect play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great course, Nicklas design."


Weissgar's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/23/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Being a woodlands course, you never encounter another fairway except at the turn. Being said, bring plenty of balls and practice your draw swing. Beautiful par 5 ending hole with an island green. My pals and I definitely recommend this gorgeous course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun, Challenging Course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/22/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff very friendly. Early spring golf, but the course was in great condition. Very nice club house. This was our first trip to the Poconos and will definitely return to Great Bear !!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"in amazing condition for being laid up for 18 months"


None's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/21/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

what more can one say -- it's a jack Nicklaus design -- challenging from all tees i'm sure -- we played the blues -- I will certainly return -- if you think it's tight now wait until the trees leaf out


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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