View of the 18th hole and clubhouse at The Grand Bear Golf Course
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4.6
227 Reviews (227)
5 Stars
163
4 Stars
53
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.5
97.4%
Recommend this course
220 out of 227 reviews
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4.4
9 Reviews (9)
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
3
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1
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0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.4
100.0%
Recommend this course
9 out of 9 reviews
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4.7
15 Reviews (15)
5 Stars
11
4 Stars
3
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0
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.7
100.0%
Recommend this course
15 out of 15 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 7204 yards
Slope 143
Rating 75.5

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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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)

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

Reviews

4.6
227 Reviews (227)

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 24
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 37
Advanced Golfers 33
A Weekend Splurge 31
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 49
In the 'Burbs 7
Near Local Attractions 7

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Good course bad management

Second time they wanted me to an extra $20.00 for my own cart. Doing these times if they overbooked carts they need to do better. I shouldn’t have to ride with someone I’m not sure who they have been around.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

It works ...

Very disappointed with the conditions of the greens.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

It's HOT ...

Had a great time playing this course again. It is a very nice course. The Greens and fairways were outstanding.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great golf course

This was my first time here. Greens were in great shape and matched the speed on the practice green.

I spent too much time in the bunkers. My fault, of course, and the sand was soft and a fair test of shot making.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

The course was absolutely wonderful, the staff very friendly and accommodating

My only complaint is we were sent out as a fivesome when there was no ryme or reason for it. There was no group ahead of us and we were holding up the twosome behind us for twelve holes. My suggestion is a fivesome should always be a last resort.

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

Nice Course

We stayed in Biloxi and played this course. The staff and starter were very friendly. The course was in great shape and fun with a slight challenge. I would recommend this course if you are in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Best Golf Experience I've Ever Had

Without question, this is the nicest course I have ever played at. From the moment we arrived, it was a first-class experience, We were greeted by the starter, Doyle, who gave us all the ins and outs of the course since this was our first time playing there, He then brought us to Hole 1, and this is where the fun really started. Every part of the entire course was in immaculate condition. Tee boxes, fairways, greens, and even bunkers were in incredible condition. The layout of the course was great. The fairways are fairly open which will allow for some forgiveness off the tee, but it is challenging in the way that it forces you to use all of the clubs in your bag. Also, every hole is secluded from all other holes so you don't have to worry about balls from another hole flying into your fairway. If you are looking for a great course to play, this is the only one you should consider. 5 stars in every way for me.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Scenic course in incredible shape

The Bear is extremely well maintained with beautiful fare ways and fast greens, it’s perfectly secluded which provides for a scenic round, and the staff could not be more friendly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 26
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

If there is a better course in Mississippi...I don't wanna play it!

Wow! What can I say? I was supposed to play another course today...but I ended up playing at Grand Bear...I was NOT disappointed. As a matter of fact...I played 36 holes. The course was absolutely beautiful and perfect in every way. The staff was awesome...even the guys who came out and greeted me at my car were professional and courteous! The nice lady on the beverage cart...Teresa...made regular checkups on us to insure that we were well taken of. If you are ever in the area...this course is a must play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great fairways and greens

This was a great taken care of course. I very good shape. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful with anything we needed. We will be going back to play

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
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very Enjoyable

Jack Nicklaus did a great job on the design. Fairways are generous but if you get in the rough you pay. The greens are protected by sand traps you really need to avoid. Overall a great layout and a challenge to all golfers.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Excellent Course

The staff, course, warm up, everything was great except the weather. Driving range w green fee is a huge plus, and makes it worth the money. No one around or pressuring you, pace of play is amazing.. The starter is friendly every time, he’s great. He makes sure you are informed about the hole placements, and distance. Highly recommended, one of the best courses along the ms gulf coast.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Grand Bear a “Golden Bear” Treasure

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Grand Bear. The staff, from the proshop to the starter to the young man spraying down the carts, went out of their way to make you feel welcome. I couldn’t believe how friendly and helpful they were. Great job guys! In addition, the course was in immaculate condition and the layout along with all the tee options was fun and enjoyable. I enjoyed myself so much I booked two more times this week to play before heading home. I will definitely make this trip again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Best layout south ms

This was my first time playing this course I have played almost all the courses except this one and a couple more. This is the best layout I have played this far. It has demanding tee shots and even more demanding second shots to most greens. We played on a Wednesday evening and the greens had been cut but were Slow. Going to a course of this caliber I would expect them to be rolling faster but I’m sure this south ms heat has something to do with them not cutting them short. Can’t wait to go back and get a second round at this course now that I’ve seen it.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
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