Bear Creek Golf Club

3.9243000000 3.9 stars from 5 (260)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6804 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 74.2
  • Layout

  • 237 Whooping Crane Way, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29926, Beaufort County
  • (843) 681-9510
  • (843) 681-2517
  • www.bearcreekhhi.com

Year built: 1980
Architect(s): Rees Jones (1980), Bryce Swanson (1980), Rees Jones (2006)
Type: Private
Greens: Super Dwarf TifEagle Bermuda
Fairways: 419 Tifway Bermuda
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 260 Reviews
5 stars:
92
4 stars:
117
3 stars:
34
2 stars:
7
1 stars:
10

recommend this course

217 out of 260 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near local attractions at a resort   Great for advanced golfers locals wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include bunkers water hazards narrow fairways   Great for drinks brunch patio dining  

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"great course on island"


SDDeac's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

GPS took me to an empty lot but once I found and played it was a treat. Traps and doglegs give a challenging yet enjoyable layout for avg golfer like me. Greens and fairways were in terrific shape and rolled true. Staff was super friendly and the restaurant food was superb; gave us a great day. Will play 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


"Bear Creek experience"


toftrees2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a good course for an average or infrequent golfer.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Excellent golf course"


u245816047's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great conditions again as this ends my golfing week in Hilton Head. Tee boxes, faiways and greens were great. I got a deal that got me golf, anything on the menu for lunch and a beer. Good deal. Played with a very nice threesome as well. Made it a totally enjoyable experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Bear Creek5418"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always enjoy playing at Bear Creek. This time the fairways have been the best we've played on this trip to HHI.

Emily and staff are always friendly and accommodating

They have good food too!.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course but ........."


Alan5160828's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course condition was excellent and the variation of holes made the golf enjoyable.This was our last day on the island so we definitely kept the best course to last. The day however was spoiled by a member of staff in the bar/restaurant area where was not customer or service focused and was frankly just plain belligerent and rude. He spoiled what otherwise would have been a perfect day.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


"Best conditioned course I have seen this winter/spring"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We have played over 30 rounds since mid-January on 15 different courses including Savannah Harbor. Bear Creek's fairways were outstanding and far better than ANY course we have played this year. The greens are in super condition and rolled wonderfully. This course is narrow with small greens, medium in length, numerous doglegs and plenty of water and sand. Plenty of holes where you should, you may not, but you should give thought to club selection beginning at the tee box and through the hole... it rewards good decisions and will punish poor decisions! I play to a 7-9 handicap and find this course challenging but extremely fun. My wife, generally shoots between 110-120, does not like water or sand, yet asked as we walked off the 18th green, when are we coming back? So many courses in the HHI, SC area are in very poor condition this spring, Bear Creek is not one of them... stellar conditions! You will enjoy it. We played in just over 4 hours as a foursome so pace was good... have seen reviews that said there was some slow play... but that was not our experience on a very nice 78 degree day.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course - Unfriendly Staff"


u491944507's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I really like this golf course. It is challenging for a player of my level, and it is beautifully planned and maintained. Even the food is good in the Grille (Lisa is extremely friendly). For the price, this is the best course around! Now, about the staff - they are sometimes rude, never smile (and I mean NEVER), missing (the YOUNG bag drop guys are never there when we arrive), and there is one young lady (redhead) who has become the brunt of our group's jokes as she is so unfriendly. Absolutely needs customer service training. Nobody working there seems happy AT ALL!

The Club has struggled over the past several years, and a good suggestion might be to address the unfriendly, unattentive, sometimes rude, sad-faced, unhelpful staff. Suggestions: Map of the course on the score cards; hand towel in the golf cart; distance code on driving range.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Pretty Course In Good Shape"


Cass1md's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We were very pleased with the price and the great shape the course was in. Good Value.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"forget it"



1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

GolfNow failed to connect my reservation at the course. The course could not help me. Am currently attempting a refund - GolfNow does not offer much help. Must go thru my credit card company.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Leaves A Lot To Be Desired"


Rudy859's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Arrived early to a rude staff member at the bad drop. Wondered around having not been here before, finally found the proshop. Very small limited stock of items. Check in clerk was nice. She actually acknowledged our prescence. Grabbed a small bag of balls for the practice tee. Only to find out you can only hits irons....WHAT??? Made our way to the first tee and off we went. Slow play all day made it a grind. Course layout was good and in descent shape for early spring. All though for $160 for 2 people. Some refreshments available on the course, nicer staff, and a better clubhouse is expected. Enjoyed the time with dad but we wont be back.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"This course was private and exclusive for many years."


u319162540's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great track to play . Hick of a value for the money. Awesome condition and friendly staff.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Nice surprise"


pro2be's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Got a great deal on Golfnow and it was one of the best values ever. Greens were in great condition and were pretty fast. Had to hit more draws off the tee than most courses but did have its share of fade holes. I will definitely play this course again.


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bear Creek"


Jsquires55's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very good greens, not too tough layout. Conditioning from tee to near green below average, drop areas need work as do bunkers which don’t have much sand.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Fast greens"


Charles9423207's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course layout and fast greens make this course one of Hilton Head Islands best values for the money.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"What a Treat!"


Orangutanmike's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The staff was excellent to deal with, starting with the check in at the pro shop and with the pleasant starter. Found a great deal on GolfNow and was even able to tee off 30 minutes ahead of schedule at 1:20 pm. We played as a foursome and completed our round in less than 3-1/2 hours. First time playing here and we were not disappointed. Great layout and several tee blocks for all skill levels. Lots of challenging holes, but the biggest challenge was reading these very fast greens. Definitely return and ensure I let all my friends know about this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



tdufur's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Only concerned about maximizing revenue"


tdufur's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played Tuesday afternoon at 2pm and they were still sending groups out every 8-10 minutes. We ran from cart to tee box to every shot and were still being pushed on every hole. Finished 18 in less than 3 1/2 hours.... NOT enjoyable in anyway. Pro shop staff greeted us with a “here’s your keys and don’t ask me my questions” attitude.... very rude. I’d spend my money and time golfing elsewhere


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Great greens"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good layout. Overall conditions fair but greens were great,


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"A Really Nice Course"


adams15's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is one of my favourite HH courses. Interesting layout, friendly staff, good conditions.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



chook812's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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