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The Grand Bear Golf Course

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4.6
195
5 Stars
138
4 Stars
48
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.5
94.1%
Recommend this course
189 out of 195 reviews
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Average Rating
4.3
7
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.0
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.7
85.7%
Recommend this course
6 out of 7 reviews
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Average Rating
4.5
20
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.0%
Recommend this course
19 out of 20 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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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

4.6
195

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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Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

3rd best course in Biloxi area

Played this course in the normal rotation on our spring golf trip. This is worth a day and a very good layout. Impressed with the traps as they have a nice base of sand in them and believe me I know. lol Really nothing bad to say on this visit.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful Course in the Woods

This is a great Jack Nicholas course. There were some risk rewards holes and as always Nicholas gives you a bailout area around the greens. This course is layout into the woods so no houses or other buildings. The course was wet from recent rains so not much roll out. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I was paired with two members which is always helpful. These two men were friendly and helpful with course knowledge. I would definitely play here again.

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 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
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
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