Bear Creek Golf Club

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3.9
290
5 Stars
100
4 Stars
132
3 Stars
39
2 Stars
9
1 Stars
10
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.0
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.7
81.8%
Recommend this course
242 out of 290 reviews
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Average Rating
3.7
22
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.6
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.0
77.3%
Recommend this course
17 out of 22 reviews
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Average Rating
3.9
52
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
23
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.7
Value
3.8
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
3.9
76.9%
Recommend this course
40 out of 52 reviews
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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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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6804 yards 74.2 139
Blue 72 6486 yards 72.4 135
White 72 6162 yards 71.3 133
Gold 72 5727 yards 69.7 125
Gold (W) 72 5727 yards 73.9 131
Green 72 5316 yards 67.6 119
Green (W) 72 5316 yards 71.9 128
Scorecard for Bear Creek Golf Club
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: 74.2/139 364 178 431 526 366 384 500 196 430 3375 407 404 200 532 186 398 396 382 524 3429 6804
Blue M: 72.4/135 353 150 424 512 346 375 476 180 380 3196 385 401 187 515 159 394 372 372 505 3290 6486
White M: 71.5/132 343 128 390 482 339 352 466 158 371 3029 364 369 176 478 155 364 367 361 499 3133 6162
Gold M: 69.7/125 W: 73.9/131 315 102 370 458 310 339 440 124 352 2810 340 356 150 463 124 350 341 326 467 2917 5727
Green M: 67.6/119 W: 71.9/128 306 93 338 427 296 314 410 104 331 2619 336 331 134 428 109 326 316 308 409 2697 5316
Handicap 11 17 1 5 13 9 7 15 3 12 6 16 10 18 2 14 8 4
Par 4 3 4 5 4 4 5 3 4 36 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 4 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 11 17 1 3 13 9 7 15 5 4 10 16 6 18 12 14 8 2

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)

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

3.9
290

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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4.0
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Previously Played

Excellent Value

This golf course is a very good test! Greens were in excellent shape and overall very good tee to green. Some slightly bare spots, but it is just coming out of winter in the low country. In two to three weeks with warmer temps it should be really nice. We were a two ball first out of the day with a cart and played in 3:15 easily. Could have been two and a half if we wanted . Best bonus here is the lunch and beer included with your green fee. Order right off the regular menus. Food was great and service couldn't have been better.
Highly recommended! This course needs to be played from the correct tees. It is a very good test. Enjoy!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

Good Pace of Play

Pace of play was pretty good at ~4 hrs 15 min. Lots of traps and water hazards, making the course challenging. Would say it is like most other island courses. Well maintained and good for the money spent. Did not eat at the restaurant, but heard food is pretty good here.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Bear Creek Has Completed Comeback

Bear Slide went on hard times, deteriorated, changed ownership, and needed work. And the new owners and management did what was needed. The course is back up to a good standard - not great yet, nut you can see improvement continuing. The greens are already quite good. A decent value now, they are no longer discounting like they did the past few years. They don’t have to.

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

Really nice course

The course has a good layout. For late February the course was in quite good condition. Nice driving range and putting green for warmup. Pretty friendly staff and good service bring lunch to you out on the course.

We will be back

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

enjoyed course

liked layout, staff was friendly
this course see's a lot of play from gold tees (5800) - play whites (6200) - allows more drivers on doglegs without affecting 2nd shots

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Disappointed

Upon check in there was confusion on the Club Key Pass charge. It took two people to figure out what the charge, would be, which was higher than the rate quoted on the website. It was a beautiful day so the course was packed. Pace of play was extremely slow. We were a twosome but waited on every hole. In fact the twosome behind us ended up quitting after hole 16. It is off season but the fairways were pretty rough and some bunkers were in rough shape. We were very disappointed and will not return.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course and Staff

This was the first time we played Bear Creek and we will return on our next rip to Hilton Head. Greens were very nice, great speed and condition. Fairways were in good condition and fair. The only complaint I have is that the greenside bunkers were almost hard packed. They had a very little bit of loose sand covering hard pack.

We play as a twosome and had to wait on several shots, but I expect that as a twosome, The round took about 4 hours.

The staff was great. From the greeting and the courtesy of the staff at the bag drop, the staff in the clubhouse, and the starter were all very friendly and nice.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Seem to be letting the course go!

I've played Bear Creek a half dozen times in 2018. The course looks like they've cut back on maintenance a bit. The cart attendant acted like he didn't want to be there. Really disappointing since it seemed like the course was turning the corner earlier in the year. Hope this was a one off experience.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Island gem

I’ve visited Hilton Head 3 times in the past year and a half and played Bear Creek each visit. The course was on life support two years ago and the revival has been fantastic. Great Layout and tee to green course condition improves each visit.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

NIce But Not Exceptional

Course was well maintained wide open with little water. Given other courses that go to the marsh views this is all around houses.

On a hot deal might play again

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very good

Good layout, good condition, and there was a genuine effort to make us feel welcome.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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
Perfect weather
Used cart

scolars

Got a good value on Golf Now. I played here a few years ago and tried it again. It was a pleasure to play. The course was in good shape and the greens ran true and fast. Make sure you play from the tees you are comfortable with. We hit balls and got off early. I would recommend it to all.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Bear 2018

Greens were good, 97% of cart paths were dirt, most sand traps had a top layer of sand then packed sand below, not good. Our 4some was told to pick up the pace while a 3some was behind us and we were just behind another 4some. We will NOT be back.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice course

Nice layout which is a good test for all skill levels

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great value

Beautiful course. Good shape. Greens are still recovering a little from aeration but still rolled well. Fairways were in good shape other than a rough patch here ad there. Compared to area courses, great $ value. The one thing I wished I had was more yardage detail and hole detail (water, doglegs, distance...etc). They do not have GPS on the carts and the score cards do not have picture of the holes. Bunkers and doglegs come into play off the tee box so be sure to bring a range finder. The lack of those amenities might be the reason for the lower price per round.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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