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4.2
378 Reviews (378)
5 Stars
138
4 Stars
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3 Stars
45
2 Stars
12
1 Stars
10
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.3
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.8
90.9%
Recommend this course
324 out of 378 reviews
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4.4
25 Reviews (25)
5 Stars
10
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.5
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.2
100.0%
Recommend this course
25 out of 25 reviews
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4.3
60 Reviews (60)
5 Stars
24
4 Stars
32
3 Stars
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2 Stars
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Conditions
4.3
Value
4.4
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
96.7%
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58 out of 60 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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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
378 Reviews (378)

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 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Way up on Bear Creek

Booked a mid afternoon round and they were very particular about not letting us go off before our time.(watering, I think). We had the course to ourselves and it was wonderful. Nice greens. Nice layout. Looks narrow, but actually played very fairly. Saw a few gators. I would definitely recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course especially for the money

Great prices for a pretty nice course. It would be nice if cart paths were paved and there were a few bad grass areas on a few greens we played.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 65
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Nice first time

Even though it’s about an hour from home (Savannah) it was worth the drive. The greens had been punches recently but the ball rolled okay. Traps were in good shape. Complimentary range balls too.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
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 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Bear Creek

Hidden gem. Greens were true. Bunkers very playable. Good value!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great time!

Emily was great and super accommodating while Will got us ready to play quickly. Very satisfied playing there!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great value great course

This course was a great value. Course was in great condition. Pace of play was great. A group teed off in front of us and never saw anyone in front or behind us the rest of the round. Only critique is that a lot of the holes looked the same throughout the round and club house didn’t have our tee time listed but they let us tee off when we arrived so we did not have a chance to hit the range beforehand.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 7
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
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
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Mistake to NOT play this course

Played Bear Creek on June 21, 2020, first time I had played it. I've been vacationing in Hilton Head since 2004 but just saw this course on golfnow.com this year, thought I'd give it a try. Played from the tips. I cannot tell you how phenomenal this course is. We will be coming back to Hilton Head next year, and Bear Creek is definitely on our list of courses to play. If you are planning to play golf while you're in Hilton Head, it would be a huge mistake if you don't play Bear Creek. After our round, I asked the pro shop why I hadn't heard about this great course, he said they had been private until just a few years ago. I can't give this course enough stars. And one more thing--grab lunch or dinner while you're there, was absolutely delicious. All around fantastic day, shot a 73.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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 60
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
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