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4.2
362 Reviews (362)
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4.1
Value
4.2
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.8
89.7%
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308 out of 362 reviews
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4.2
23 Reviews (23)
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4.3
Layout
4.3
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Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.2
91.3%
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4.2
51 Reviews (51)
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.3
Value
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Layout
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Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
94.1%
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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.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

4.2
362 Reviews (362)

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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Reviews 21
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The course was nice. A lot of the traps were poor.

Took us 45 extra minutes to find the course. GPS was no help. After we got there we started and never had anyone holding us up. Had a alligator on 1st hole that was interesting. Had to take relief from him being only feet away from my ball. All in all nice course and very challenging.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Worth the $$$

Course was in great shape compared to others in the area considering aerification season. Greens were rolling smooth and true. Definitely worth the price for the local rate of $37. MId-afternoon tee time played as a twosome just around 3 hours. KId at the bag drop was very un-attentive and didn't even get out of the cart he was chillin in. Walked away from a $20 cash tip we were trying to give him. All else was great!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great local course

I’ve played this course a few times. It is challenging. However, it makes you play your best to score a great score. I will be returning.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging but fun

Pros. Great layout fun to play. Challenging. Great condition

Cons. Pace of play today was on the slow side.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

great track

I have vacationed at HH in March for a total of three weeks over the last four years and have played about 7 courses. This was one of my favorite along with Golden Bear. It was in great shape (3rd week of March) and was really fun to play. It was quite challenging... you had to place your shots well. Highly recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 17
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 54
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Bear Creek - worth it!

We golfed Bear Creek for the 2nd time this year. Conditions at this time of year - for winter golf - were good. Greens rolled very nicely. Golfed with a couple from New Jersey - and had a great time. Finished our round in under 4 hours. We will golf here again next year - for sure!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very fair test of golf

Very fair test of golf. Not tricked up. Very straight forward.
Lots of female players and couples.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Excellent value at high quality venue

Bear Creek Golf Club- presents an outstanding value at a high quality venue in Hilton Head. Outstanding value- usually comes in at well under $100 even in prime season. I paid $51 at the end of February, with a Coke and full lunch( who knows how that will pan out in the future). High Quality venue- There are several excellent tracks in Hilton Head Plantation. I would rank Bear Creek just a notch below Country Club of Hilton Head, but at a lower price. I would say, it is a half notch above Dolphin Head, at a similar price, and above Oyster Reef, due to issues I have had at Oyster Reef with mosquitos(sorry, guys). Pick a tee box suited to your driving distance and accuracy( I am a 12.2 and play it at around 6300?). It is not the most forgiving off the tee, but certainly the site lines off the tee box are outstanding, with well defined hazard and bunker lines. The greens SEEM to run about a foot faster than most similarly priced Hilton Head tracks.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Interesting Course

Nice course that has wintered fairly well. Fairways need some over seeding but greens were in good shape.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Slow round but decent course

5 1/2 hour round of golf, as it was busy. 1st day of sunshine in a few days so everyone was out playing. Pace of play was slow but not excruciating. Course was well worth the money. Watch out for the alligators sunning themselves around the water.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Bear Creek

Course layout challenging but sand traps hard and in poor shape.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
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 Excellent
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun day

Had a very enjoyable round, paired with a twosome of older gentleman. The course needs to address their sand traps, they are hard and very short on sand. It also has several dogleg right holes, works against my draw. Greens were in good shape, quick and rolled well. Pace was quite good just over 4 hours to finish.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 54
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing

Bear Creek

Bear Creek is a must play when in Hilton Head. 5 star golf course - for winter golf!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 27
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Wonderful

Everything was great. Course in great shape for this time of year. Greens smooth. Pace of play excellent. Ranger friendly, but doing his job.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Tricky but enjoyable

Definitely a place-your-ball sort of course. Choose your shot wisely, especially on the front-9, where I wound up with 7 penalties. I enjoyed it though, and the staff were nice. Would definitely play here again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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