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4.1
528
5 Stars
213
4 Stars
202
3 Stars
66
2 Stars
22
1 Stars
25
Staff Friendliness
4.3
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.1
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.0
Layout
4.6
82.8%
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439 out of 528 reviews
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4.1
528
5 Stars
23
4 Stars
24
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Staff Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.0
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.0
Layout
4.5
81.0%
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47 out of 58 reviews
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4.1
528
5 Stars
56
4 Stars
44
3 Stars
15
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
8
Staff Friendliness
4.3
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.1
Conditions
3.8
Value
3.9
Layout
4.5
78.7%
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100 out of 127 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7194
Slope 147
Rating 74.0
Type Resort
At Bear's Best, a 7,194-yard track about 20 minutes from The Strip, the Jack Nicklaus design team stuck to recreating holes from other Jack desert designs, making them actually almost fit into the natural surroundings. (Aside from the black sand bunkers and that's just so cool, you don't mind). Plus, they made the fairways wide, giving your ordinary golfer a good chance to get through the day smiling. You won't post a career-low score at Bear's Best, but you won't lose four sleeves of balls, either. Four of the holes are replicas from Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, but also features holes from Nicklaus' Spain and Mexico work. The best thing about Bear's Best may be how the Nicklaus team, often accused of making their courses too tough, kept the average hacker in mind. Yet what really sets Bear's Best up as a great play is the service. Every foursome gets their own forecaddie and the staff can make you feel like a VIP. "Bear's Best is probably the greatest overall experience we've had on a course," regular Las Vegas golf visitor Josh Isadore said. "The guys are still talking about it."
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7194 yards 74.0 147
Blue 72 6628 yards 71.3 130
White 72 6043 yards 68.3 122
Red 72 5043 yards 68.7 116
Scorecard for Bear's Best Las Vegas Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 74.5/140 413 529 441 229 438 398 201 599 453 3701 411 317 507 151 461 230 416 537 463 3493 7194
Green M: 72.1/131 370 482 401 195 414 352 184 552 393 3343 392 283 497 137 418 211 392 516 439 3285 6628
White M: 69.1/124 309 440 374 174 381 336 159 515 353 3041 339 266 457 129 370 185 343 500 413 3002 6043
Orange W: 68.2/120 275 306 323 127 296 244 130 432 274 2407 308 227 396 79 341 130 312 475 368 2636 5043
Fastee W: 57.9/100 177 190 180 34 188 154 61 285 183 1452 160 129 262 33 217 54 168 292 237 1552 3004
Handicap 11 5 3 9 1 15 13 17 7 6 18 10 16 4 8 14 12 2
Par 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 36 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 5 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 2001
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Nicklaus (2001)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Paul Wilson Golf School"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No

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Reviews

4.1
528

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 45
Patio Dining 28
19th Hole Scenic Views 19
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 98
Elevation Changes 70
Forced Carries 66
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 70
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 64
A Weekend Splurge 55
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 69
Worth the Drive 65
In the 'Burbs 60
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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Poor course conditions and service

I was not that impressed by course conditions for supposedly one of the top courses in Vegas. Most fairways were brown with very little grass. Some greens also were burnt out. Tee boxes were shaggy...maybe they aerated them...not sure. Views around the course were very nice and layout was ok. The day we were there they sent us out on the back nine first. When we made the turn, we found they let 3 groups of highschool golfers out in front of us which slowed pace of play down to a halt. The marshal tried getting them off the course but by that time it was a huge problem and ruined the day of golf. I am just happy not to have spent full green fee that day.
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Fair
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Fair
Value for the Money Fair
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great course

Course was great! Greens could use a bit of care, but when you have a muni, that is expected! Overall, a great course and a great experience. Would definitely recommend to anyone in the area
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Response from Bear's Best Las Vegas on 08/14/2018:
Great! We're glad that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We appreciate your review and we look forward to having you back again soon for your next round with us!
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Amazing experience

Every time Income to Vegas Inplay this course. Wonderful condition and layout.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Response from Bear's Best Las Vegas on 07/30/2018:
Wonderful! We're thrilled that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We appreciate your review and we can't wait to have you back again for another great experience at Bear's Best Las Vegas!
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

The course was in excellent shape And the staff was great. Will return.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Response from Bear's Best Las Vegas on 07/26/2018:
Excellent! We're thrilled that our course conditions met your expectations and that our staff left a great impression on you. We appreciate your review and we can't wait to have you back again soon at Bear's Best Las Vegas!
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course and friendly staff

Love the course and the staff are so friendly and welcoming! Great value and challenging, fun holes that each are duplicates of great Nicklaus holes from other of his courses. Play it each time we come to Vegas and have always had a great experience!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Response from Bear's Best Las Vegas on 07/26/2018:
Terrific! We're glad that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We're also pleased that our staff left a great impression on you and that you found us to be a good value. We look forward to having you back again soon the next time you're in the Las Vegas area!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

36 in 5.5 hrs.

Course tee to free in great shape. Great grass range and practice facilities. 2nd round was 29.99 with a beer and hot dog. Great value in a pristine course.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Response from Bear's Best Las Vegas on 07/26/2018:
Outstanding! We're thrilled that our course conditions met your expectations and that you were able to play at a good pace. We appreciate your feedback and we can't wait to have you back again soon at Bear's Best Las Vegas!
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Arguably Best Conditioned Course in Vegas

Teed off early evening. Greens were an 8 out of 10, few balls marks but rolled very nicely, probably a 9 on stimp, medium speed. Fairways 9 out of 10, limited divots, beautiful color and played near perfect. Tee boxes 10 out of 10. Bunkers (I was only in one fairway bunker) played really nice. The view of the entire Vegas skyline on hole 15 is spectacular! 18th hole finisher is a challenge.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Average
Response from Bear's Best Las Vegas on 07/23/2018:
Fantastic! We're thrilled that our course conditions met your expectations and the challenge of our layout. We appreciate your review and we can't wait to have you back again soon at Bear's Best Las Vegas!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Soooo close to being our weekly track!

Overall, Bear's Best Las Vegas is one of the most intriguing and fun tracks in town. We've played the course thrice over the last three weeks and have little to gripe about. For reference, our typical rounds are played at Arroyo, Paiute, Palm Valley, Siena, Highland Falls, and Spanish Trails. Bear in mind, it's hard to find a course in perfect condtion at this point in the Summer in Vegas, but this review is framed relative to the courses in the area at this same timeframe. Pros: -Beautiful layout in the most scenic area of Las Vegas. -Really nice variety of hole distances, fairway & green shapes & layouts, bunker placement, and elevation gain. -Tee boxes, bunkers, rough, and fairways are basically perfect (July 2018). -The practice facility is top-notch, especially the chipping area. -The selection and pricing at the bar is surpringly vast and very reasonable (Get a Moscow Mule). -Staff is very friendly. Cons: -Practice greens are immaculate but that's not representative of course experience. -It's difficult to maintain premium greens in the Vegas Summer but the rest of the course is so nice, it seems like it's really possible the greens could handle a faster pace. Arroyo, Spanish Trail, and Paiute are all running much faster (better) ATM. -Course is notorious for unfixed divots on fairways and greens because of the high percentage of tourist play. -We are locals and I always get a better deal on GN than the phoned in resident rate. Our group would play there once a week for sure if the greens had a little more TLC and management came up with better tiered locals rates. Thanks for having us and providing a great golf experience.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Response from Bear's Best Las Vegas on 08/01/2018:
Awesome! We're pleased that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We're also glad that our staff left a great impression on you. We appreciate your feedback and would love to have you join our Text Club to see our local resident deals. Please visit our website to learn more or to sign up. We hope to have you back again soon for your next round with us!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course in super condition

We played this course last year and it was in poor condition, this time it is in near perfect condition . Highly recommend giving it a try. The views are spectacular of both the mountains and the strip.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Response from Bear's Best Las Vegas on 07/13/2018:
Excellent! We're thrilled that our course conditions met your expectations and that you enjoyed your round with us. We appreciate your review and we can't wait to have you back again soon at Bear's Best Las Vegas!
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Bears Best

Bears Best is a beautiful challenging golf course Variety of holes keep it fresh. Greens were slow but in good shape. Course condition is excellent. Several multi million dollar homes along with views of the valley and strip give it added touches
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Response from Bear's Best Las Vegas on 07/10/2018:
Wonderful! We're glad that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We're pleased that our course conditions met your expectations and we can't wait to have you back again soon at Bear's Best Las Vegas!

Stay & Play Offers

$449 Starting price
Valid dates: Sep 03, 2018 - Oct 21, 2018
Book this Stay and Play package to enjoy your stay at the Stowe Mountain Lodge which includes 1 round at the exclusive Mountain Course at Spruce Peak (Formerly known as the Stowe Mountain Course) and unlimited rounds at the Stowe Country Club!
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