The Grand Bear Golf Course

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4.7
189
5 Stars
135
4 Stars
46
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.5
Layout
4.9
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.5
97.1%
Recommend this course
184 out of 189 reviews
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Average Rating
4.4
9
5 Stars
6
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
100.0%
Recommend this course
9 out of 9 reviews
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Average Rating
4.6
31
5 Stars
23
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.5
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.8
96.8%
Recommend this course
30 out of 31 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7204
Slope 143
Rating 75.5
Type Resort
Unlike some Jack Nicklaus golf courses that have earned a reputation for being among the world's most difficult, mid- and high-handicappers stand a fighting chance at the Grand Bear Golf Course. Nicklaus offers wide fairways before the sprawling woods take over on either side, most bunkers aren't horribly steep, and greens generally have room in front to run a shot up. The winding Biloxi River helps build Grand Bear to a dramatic finish. The par-3 14th hole plays through a chute of woods to a green guarded by the river below that runs along diagonally, punishing hooked shots left short. After another par 3 on the 16th that plays with the river to the left, the 17th once again plays over the river on the drive, then parallel to the hole. The 18th hole plays long and uphill back toward the clubhouse.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Grizzly Bear 72 7204 yards 75.5 143
Golden Bear 72 6733 yards 73.0 139
Brown Bear 72 6221 yards 70.5 134
Black Bear 72 5638 yards 67.9 130
Teddy Bear 72 4802 yards 68.4 120
Scorecard for Grand Bear
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Grizzly Bear M: 74.9/131 419 540 211 371 603 473 179 470 404 3670 418 520 458 349 195 548 165 433 448 3534 7204
Golden Bear M: 73.1/123 392 515 192 353 565 428 159 441 368 3413 368 489 429 336 185 520 154 414 425 3320 6733
Brown Bear M: 70.7/121 W: 71.7/123 344 489 176 334 508 381 145 401 328 3106 354 475 402 308 163 500 142 370 401 3115 6221
Black Bear M: 69.2/117 W: 70.2/119 299 455 163 286 476 356 102 325 308 2770 316 460 348 296 159 450 133 354 352 2868 5638
Teddy Bear W: 66.9/109 243 391 97 268 421 313 90 287 253 2363 284 373 297 257 132 364 123 325 284 2439 4802
Handicap 17 9 7 15 1 5 13 3 11 12 14 4 16 8 10 18 6 2
Par 4 5 3 4 5 4 3 4 4 36 4 5 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1999
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Nicklaus (1999)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes - 100 tees
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper Golf Attire Required: Collared Shirt (No Denim)

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Reviews

4.7
189

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 21
19th Hole Scenic Views 10
Brunch 8
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 45
Undulating Greens 35
Elevation Changes 23
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 36
Advanced Golfers 32
A Weekend Splurge 30
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 48
In the 'Burbs 7
Near Local Attractions 7

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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Hidden Gem

Excellent course. Great layout and the staff is the best. Food in clubhouse needs a little work but it did not take away from the beauty of this place.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Excellent Course

The staff was friendly and the course was in excellent condition. The greens were fast and rolled true. The pace of play was great. Range balls were included with the green fees as well as two bottles of water on ice in the cart cooler. I definitely recommend this course, you won't be disappointed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Best Value Course on the MS Gulf Coast

This Course never fails, luckily I live only about 10 minutes away from this course so I'm a little spoiled but I love this place. It never fails to challenge you and the different pin placements are all pretty tough. If you are looking for a challenge and really nice course this is it. Just a little tip for this course - Stay on the Fairway because the rough is thick and will hurt you.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful course but stays wet

I feel like the superintendent does not care for bookings through Golf Now. He suspended play for a severe thunderstorm which everyone on the course complied with. When I asked about a raincheck for the remainder of the round he was short and told me to work it out with Golf Now. The course was wet before the thunderstorms hit. He reopened the course with rivers in the fairway, I believe to avoid refunds. Even with the Hot Deal, the green fee's are higher than most courses in the area. The three rounds I have played there in the last year have all been cart path only and extremely soggy. In my opinion Windance and Diamondhead are much better options and you don't need a hot deal to afford to play there.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Best course I played in the area.

Great staff. Greens are a little firm and couldn't create any spin, Roll great and true. Front nine has great risk reward tee shots. Not everyone is a 300yd driver like they think they are so pick your tee box according to you ACTUAL driving distance.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once 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
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Pleasant surprise

Very pleasant drive to course from 6 miles out. Course conditions were very nice. The greens had been punched and top dressed within the previous 2 weeks. So they were slower and a little bit bouncy. But that is a timing issue on my part. For the area- we felt the condition and the Golfnow hot deal made it an excellent deal.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
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 Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Bear

Friendly service great layout multiple tees for all handicaps. Gators on #14

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

Awesome!!!

Friendly staff, went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. Must play course if you are in the area. Will be back next year.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course....great architect!

You can see all of the "Jack" influence in this course.....don't miss this one if you're in the area.

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

grand bear, saucier, ms

1st time playing this course; I was told it was built inside of a national foresee in saucier, ms; It is out in the middle of nowhere, but it is a beautiful course; very green for this time of year, compared to my Memphis area;

Course was somewhat challenging, although I played from the senior tees; fairways were nice and greens were very nice although a bit slow; would definitely play here again if back in the area; would definitely recommend

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

EXCELLANT but slow

From Bailey, the starter, to Mike, in the Pro Shop, to the Golf Superintendent, who can't wait for spring turkey season, the staff expresses how glad we came to play in the middle of 'no-where'.

Course is wonderful, minus the thin grass. Very hard to chip and putt true.

Now, the pace of play needs attention. We played in 5 1/2 hours, finishing at dusk. One more group finished after we did. Then, lights out. No rangers in site. The "Billy Bunkers" workers were no problem. Soon, the traps will be GRAND too.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Wet but wonderful

Course was wet after rain deluge. Pick the right tee and you will have a wonderful time. Holes were not similar to other Nicklaus courses. Cut out of wilderness, Desoto National Forest. No houses, plenty trees and elevatation changes. Amazing design. PLAY THE GRAND BEAR!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Grandest Bear

Jack really did justice to the game of golf! Play well and be rewarded. Hit bad shots and you will be penalized. I played in February so the grass was not fully there but I will return in the spring/summer/fall to play again! Thank you to Ian for being extra accommodating. Everyone there was lovely.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Course Layout
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