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4.0
324 Reviews (324)
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1 Stars
10
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.0
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.6
82.6%
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272 out of 324 reviews
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4.3
23 Reviews (23)
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11
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Conditions
4.2
Value
4.4
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.4
91.3%
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21 out of 23 reviews
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4.1
53 Reviews (53)
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19
4 Stars
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Conditions
3.9
Value
4.1
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.3
83.0%
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About

Holes 18
Type Private
Par 72
Length 6804 yards
Slope 139
Rating 74.2

Bear Creek Golf Club is one of the courses that makes Hilton Head Island one of the country's most popular golf destinations. Rees Jones designed the course, routing the layout through majestic pines and sparkling blue lagoons. Jones kept much of the existing landscape intact, earning the golf course Audubon certification. There are five sets of tees total, with the longest stretching over 6,800 yards. It's a course that players of all skill levels can enjoy regardless of handicap. The tight, bunkered fairways are an infamous feature of the course but Bear Creek is also known for having some of the best greens on Hilton Head Island. The finishing hole is the course's signature. You'll have to navigate your way past a narrow chute of pines to reach the green, which is fronted by a large lagoon.

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Course Details

Year Built 1980
Fairways 419 Tifway Bermuda
Greens Super Dwarf TifEagle Bermuda
Golf Season Year round
Architect Rees Jones (1980) Bryce Swanson (1980) Rees Jones (2006) Arthur Hills (1986)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire.

Reviews

4.0
324 Reviews (324)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 15
Brunch 10
Patio Dining 10
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 47
Water Hazards 47
Narrow Fairways 31
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 38
Locals 24
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 21
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 22
Near Local Attractions 22
At a Resort 17

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I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Excellent value

Played Sunday afternoon 10/20/19. We arrived almost an hour early, and even though the course was well booked, the starter was able to get us off. The course was in great shape, a pleasant surprise after the huge amount of rain that fell the day before. The sand traps were in pretty bad shape, as expected from previous reviews. The fairways were extremely well kept and the greens were in excellent shape. They rolled true and fast. Our tee time was 2:04 so we only paid $39.00 each - an EXCELLENT value for Hilton Head ! Although I felt the course played short (from the whites), it was very challenging. You must hit the ball straight, or else you’ll be taking penalties. The views of the landscape and surroundings are great and the staff couldn’t be more friendly. I would highly recommend this course to all levels of ability and can’t wait to play again. Thank you Bear Creek for a very enjoyable afternoon !!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great time!

We had a great time. The course was not too challenging but it was fun.

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

Good golf

Always good golf. Staff is friendly course is tough but fairways are good and greens are very good. Can almost always drive to the ball making pace of play excellent

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

Great greens

A great course to play everyday. Staff is friendly always calls players by their name. Food is very good. And atmosphere is pleasant in grill. Without a doubt it is best value on the island

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Not worth it

The bunkers have little to no sand. The cart paths are so horrible nobody uses them! When we commented to the manager, a young man calling himself the manager, he said, "Well, you don't have to come back if you don't like it.!" Really? Not a great way to run a business. The MEMBERS of that club are greeted with pleasantries in the pro shop, but the rest of us barely get a word of welcome. There are many times when there are no tees, there are never towels in the cart, sometimes they have no golf carts when we show up, three times the cart battery went dead out on the course, once we had a flat tire, so no wonder they cannot keep staff or increase membership. The grill is great, the fairways are fine, greens are very nice, but everything else makes it difficult to enjoy the experience. Both "managers" are very young, one male one female, and have zero business sense, seldom smile, and just don't care if your experience is positive. This is the least expensive golf course on the Island, but you get what you pay for! Don't bother.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 09/16/2019

The heading of your review is " not worth it" yet you apparently have played it numerous times. I rely on these reviews in making course choices when travelling. so please give accurate reviews. Everyone else seems to have good experiences.

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Commented on 08/15/2019

This guy must have played several times. He must really like the green fee. Of course he could play sea pines for 180 dollars. Maybe they will give him a hug

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Connecticut Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Bear is a beautiful beast...

There are four tracks on Hilton Head Plantation...I always have difficulty picking my favorite. It usually boils down to which one I've played most recently.

I played Oyster Reef on Monday; it was my favorite until today when I played Bear Creek (again).

Everything about this place screams private club, but it's for the public. Course layout is challenging, but more than fair. Off-fairway balls are findable/playable. Greens are in GREAT shape. Pace of play was spot on (4 hours for our foursome without feeling rushed/pressured). Staff is very friendly and professional.

I wish the pro shop was a bit bigger, but that's just me whining.

If you are looking for GREAT golf on HHI, play this track.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Yes Virginia, there are doglegs here...

Read other reviews criticizing lack of signage or unseen hazards...but course is all about shot selection and management. Yes there are a lot of doglegs but if you are playing from the proper tees the course is fairly laid out. When we came to one of the few straight away holes my wife even commented “that’s a bit boring” after having to navigate the prior left and right turns. Some bunkers might surprise you if you miss the green but they are not unfair...just wish that they had more sand in them., my only gripe and why course conditions lost a star.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Nice course poorly signed

A nice course that’s well maintained, but the absence of signage showing each hole on the scorecard and at each tee box made the course harder than it had to be for first-time players. We found hidden water the hard way. Too, having only one drinking water stand on the back nine was tough on a hot July day. You’d think the competition on HHI would make them want to do better.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice course

Very nice golf course. Layout was nice and the course condition was great! We haven't had any success in going for a drink after the round. Either they are closed or they are preparing for private event.....so if you just want to have a drink after the round, you're out of luck.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Fun course to play

I must play for HH. One straight hole on the course. Lots of doglegs. You have to place your ball. Not a bombers course.

Conditions Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Disappointing

Played this course a week earlier, conditions were great. Played again 5/31, booked the tee time on line and NOWHERE did it say the greens were punched two days earlier. When I inquired about this, the person at the course said “90 percent of the people who book tee times do it by phone. We don’t have a way of putting that kind of information on line.”

Okay then. So much for this being 2019. And where exactly does she think you get phone numbers these days??

Naturally, no discount was offered. Also, When my playing partner asked if there was any coffee available, the answer was “nope.”

I know the tee time was early (7:32 am), but the lack of coffee in the shop AND cooperation from the shop employee left much to be desired.

Bottom line, I suppose: call the club before you play at Bear Creek. Or. Play at any number of other more cooperative clubs.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

No need to pay big bucks to play good HHI courses

Bear Creek is an excellent course that will challenge your game. Nice fairways and tee boxes with excellent greens. Good use of sand and water to keep your game honest. Only dings are lack of ball washers and filled water jugs on each hole.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Walking is Members Only

I went there cuz I wanted to walk, indicated as available on the website. Got there and was told, well that's for members only. Disappointing. Also, cart parts are dirt, so if you're in the second cart, stay way behind!

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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