The Grand Bear Golf Course

4.6360529412 4.6 stars from 5 (179)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7204 yards
  • Slope: 143
  • Rating: 75.5
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes - 100 tees
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper Golf Attire Required: Collared Shirt (No Denim)
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 179 Reviews
5 stars:
128
4 stars:
44
3 stars:
5
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

174 out of 179 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs near local attractions   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers a weekend splurge   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens elevation changes   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views brunch  

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Reviews


Overall Rating
Recommended
Handicap
Age
Type of Golfer
Gender

"Bear"


None's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Awesome!!!"


pulpman2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/10/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


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



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2018
Previously played 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: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course....great architect!"


Hogan88's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Jeffcarey30's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2018
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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


"grand bear, saucier, ms"


u00000742117's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"EXCELLANT but slow"


Billff1's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/02/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Wet but wonderful"


Billff1's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u9857315's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2018
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Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Grandest Bear"


u988847635's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/23/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


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




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/23/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great layout that needs more maintnenance crewmwn"


fredcloss's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I've played Grand Bear several times since it first opened. It's a fantastic Nicklaus layout andit will challenge your game. There are several tees to suit your length. They are installing "Better Billy Bunkers". Unfortunately, they only have 10 maintenance crewmen to maintain the course. The greens really needed to be rolled as no putts rolled smoothly. Still, the course is in good shape and I will play it again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Layout"


pennstatetim1213's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Really enjoyed playing this course! Great layout. Course was a little wet after a couple days of rain. Driving range was closed. Cart path only!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Track!"


u000007264216's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Probably the best value is south Mississippi. Layout is challenging with greens that are quick but fair. The golf staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Play this track!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u000007366628's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/27/2018
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Reviewed on


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


"Very good"


uFVST2569FV's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/24/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The day was kind of chilly but the course was in good shape the pace of play was very good and a played with a couple and a good time was had . Good value on price scenic views and I would recommend playing here if you get chance


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great course"


Mike3013175's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

From the time we stepped out of the car, until our last putt on 18. The overall experience was Great.. the staff very friendly and helpful. The course was in good condition for the winter weather. Would recommend to anyone


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


"Challenge Golf Course"


tranqu2's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Got to play to know, challenge and beautiful golf course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Golf & Nature's Finest"


u00000754700's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I visit Biloxi twice each year. My golf group would choose another location if not for The Grand Bear Golf Course. This is an absolute must play for golf & nature lovers. It is among the finest in this country. I live in Tampa Bay & would choose Grand Bear over any of the 200 here.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



Larry4032133's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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



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