Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run

3.8185647059 3.8 stars from 5 (837)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7014 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 73.7
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
GPS: ParView GPS Full Color System on

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirts are required. Shorts must be Bermuda-length. Tennis shoes are allowed.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7014 yards 73.7 132
Blue 72 6643 yards 72.0 128
Gold 72 6184 yards 70.1 122
White 72 5259 yards 66.4 115
Red 72 4974 yards 68.9 115

Jack Nicklaus designed the golf course at the Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run. The 18-hole, public course is touted as having one of the best layouts in the area. The par-72 course offers 7,014 yards of challenging and fun golf. Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run's design emphasizes strategy rather than power. Sand and water hazards add interest to the course. In addition to providing a great game of golf, the course also has picturesque scenery with the many oaks and pines that snake though the course. It has been named one of America's Top 100 Courses priced under $100.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 837 Reviews
5 stars:
203
4 stars:
398
3 stars:
154
2 stars:
58
1 stars:
24

recommend this course

683 out of 834 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

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

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u794134940's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very pedestrian resort course. Tee boxes were mostly distressed. Fairways in ok shape. I am surprised Jack put his name on this course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Nice layout"


u000007863292's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course had a great layout. It was very narrow. You better hit them straight.!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Really nice course"


padraig9148291's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2018
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After 2 holes the skies opened up with a 45 minute deluge, we took shelter and when we resumed play were surprised at how well the course drained, the course was in super good shape with pure rolling greens . The greens were firmer than any of the other Hilton Head courses we played so allow for some roll on your approach shots. Overall a great golfing day and I would have given 5 stars if the staff had been even remotely nice but they were just going thru the motions.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Response from Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on 06/15/2018:

Awesome! We're pleased that you enjoyed our course conditions and that the rain didn't put a damper on your day. We apologize that our staff didn't leave a great impression on you and we appreciate your feedback. We hope to have you back again soon!

"good layouit"


dfinsstar's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

good layout, firm greens, however tees not in good shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on 06/11/2018:

Great! We're glad that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We appreciate your feedback and we look forward to having you back again soon!

"Really good course"


michaelvsmith's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2018
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Reviewed on

Great course in good condition, staff not so much.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on 06/11/2018:

Outstanding! We're thrilled that our course conditions met your expectations. We apologize that our staff didn't leave a great impression on you and we appreciate your feedback. We can't wait to have you back again soon at Golden Bear!

"Challenging layout"


mhannon06's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2018
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Reviewed on

Tee to green the course is in excellent condition, I just wish that they would take the time to roll the greens maybe once or twice a week. Very demanding off the tee but a little disappointing when you get on the greens, which have a lot of grass, that they are bumpy and grainy. It would honestly be one of the best public access courses on the island if the greens were smoother. It is the only public access Nicklaus design on the island.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on 06/07/2018:

Awesome! We're pleased that our course conditions met your expectations and we appreciate your feedback on our greens. We look forward to having you back again soon!

"Cavalier Unprofessional Attitude."


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2018
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First we had to unload our clubs...no biggie but...

We got off on time with good pace of play.

BUT when we got to the Tenth tee they had inserted a 3 some group on the tee in front of us.!!! When we objected the pro shop pretended they knew nothing about it. !!!and did nothing. Of course this seriously disturbed our pace of play. (And all others behind us). The offending 3 some group clearly knew that they had been “naughty”. After 3 holes they disappeared... Too late the damage was done.

What a way to run a professional golf course.

Finally, after tipping the bag guy he watched as we loaded our clubs into the car.

If you want to sample golf unprofessionalism at its best...this is the place for you.

You have been warned!!!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Response from Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on 06/04/2018:

Thank you for your review! We apologize that you didn't enjoy your experience with us. We'd love the chance to speak to you more about your time with us. Please reach out to us at goldenbeargolfclub@gmail.com at your earliest convenience. Thank you again and we look forward to speaking with you!


kfmchugh's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Twice a year

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on 06/04/2018:

Wonderful! Come back soon!



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on 06/04/2018:

Fantastic! Glad you enjoyed your experience with us!

"Kinda like alot of other courses on Hilton Head"


xtrasm00th's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

So, I played this course in late May. Here are a few of my observations: 1) Most people play this place early in the day, before the heat of the day, 2) Course is tree lined, pretty flat and not that hard, 3) Greens were quite hard and whatever bermuda is on them, is not as grainy as elsewhere, but they do hold a good shot from the fairway. 4) By 4pm everyone wants to go home & the bar is closed. Overall, I thought that the course was in good shape, despite some patchy areas around a few of the greens.

It seems that around this area places use designers to differentiate courses. This course is a good choice, especially if you get a good deal on golfnow.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on 06/07/2018:

Great! We're glad that our course conditions met your expectations and that you found us to be a good value. We appreciate your feedback and we hope to have you back again soon!

"Beauty course."


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2018
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Played this course last year around the same time of year. Was nice then and even better this year. Its had more rain in the past month so everthing was green and lush. Greens putt beautifully and true. Place the ball off the tee properly and you can score well. Start hitting left and right and you are looking at double real quick. (Hint: go irons off the shorter par 4 tee boxes)

Rate was decent ($70 with fees/tax on GolfNow, not firesale) but you can find other courses within HHI/Bluffton of similar quality cheaper. You pay $10 per round extra for Jacks Name. Absolutely still worth playing. Try to get the fire sale deals for $39 when available.

Staff is friendly and professional. Pace of play was not an issue. Played round in 4hrs 20mins.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on 05/30/2018:

Outstanding! We're thrilled that you enjoyed our course and that you found us to be a great value. We're also glad that our staff left a great impression on you and that you were able to play at a good pace. We can't wait to have you back again soon at Golden Bear!

"NNice round"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2018
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I have nothing bad to say here. All around nice course. The only area of improvement needed is yardage markers. Otherwise this is a terrific place to play a round of golf.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on 05/30/2018:

Fantastic! We're glad that you enjoyed our course and we appreciate your feedback. We look forward to having you back again soon!


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2018
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Reviewed on

Overall a good experience. A little slow and they did nothing to speed up the group that was slow.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on 05/30/2018:

Excellent! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us but we apologize that the pace of play was a little slow. We appreciate your feedback and we hope to have you back again soon at Golden Bear!



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on 05/30/2018:

Awesome! Come back soon!

"Bear Facts"


malct's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in good condition. Probably the best we have played on this vacation.

Staff were very helpful and friendly.

It was a Sunday so generally quiet. Pace of play was very good - we played our two-ball in a relaxed 3.5 hrs.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on 05/22/2018:

Outstanding! We're thrilled that our course conditions met your expectations and that our staff left a great impression on you. We're also glad that you were able to play at a good pace. We can't wait to have you back again at Golden Bear!



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2018
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Reviewed on

The course was in great shape and very enjoyable to play. Look forward to playing it again.


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


Response from Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on 05/22/2018:

Wonderful! We're glad that you enjoyed our course conditions and we look forward to having you back again soon!


britdude57's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on 05/18/2018:

Awesome! Come back soon!


u00000301720's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
First time playing Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on 05/22/2018:

Excellent! Glad our course conditions met your expectations!

"Great HHI course."


ascvolvo14's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
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Reviewed on

Local favorite. Not played to death like the “tourist courses”.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on 05/16/2018:

Outstanding! We're thrilled that we are one of your favorites and we can't wait to have you back again soon!

"Poor condition"


bobo1947's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First of all, this was not a classic Jack Nicklaus course - clearly not memorable - nothing to excite the golfer - bland etc. Not Jack's best work by a long shot

But more importantly, the condition was very poor - particularly when considering the cost - green fees are in the $80s for a course where anywhere else (other than HH) would be half that at best. Greens were ok but the fairways were horrible - I suppose the winter was a tough one and the course may have suffered but that should have been reflected in the cost - in short it was way overpriced!! I would not play this course again,


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Response from Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on 05/16/2018:

Thank you for your review! We apologize that our course conditions didn't meet your expectations. We'd love the chance to speak to you more about your time with us. Please reach out to us at goldenbeargolfclub@gmail.com at your earliest convenience. Thank you again and we look forward to speaking with you!


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