Bear's Best Atlanta

4.1944705882 4.2 stars from 5 (329)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6824 yards
  • Slope: 143
  • Rating: 73.3
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: No denim, collared shirt and bermuda shorts required
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6824 yards 73.3 143
Nicklaus 72 6513 yards 71.9 140
Blue 72 6138 yards 70.1 137
White 72 5624 yards 68.0 126
White (W) 72 5624 yards 73.7 135
Red (W) 72 4725 yards 68.7 121

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 329 Reviews
5 stars:
140
4 stars:
116
3 stars:
42
2 stars:
16
1 stars:
15

recommend this course

273 out of 327 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for entertaining clients advanced golfers a weekend splurge   Challenges include bunkers water hazards elevation changes   Great for drinks dinner brunch  

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"Bear's Best Course Condition"


johndjones's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

We play this golf course often because we love the course layout. The condition of the course was better than it usually. This golf course has a very high number of corporate outings so the greens take a beating with unrepaired ball marks. So always call about a corporate outing taking place before you book your tee time because the pace of play slows to a snail's pace. The most disappointing condition of the course is the poor condition of the green side sand bunkers. You often hit gravel in the bunker or even sand bags due to the lack of sand. Some bunkers are in such bad shape that they are unplayable. But even given this, I would highly recommend this course. The staff is great there.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u5071506's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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


"Wow!"


u5071506's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Top notch! I was thrilled this course is in Atlanta! I will be back!


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



metcalm5's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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


Response from Bear's Best Atlanta on 06/05/2018:

Fantastic! Glad you enjoyed your time with us!

"Good Course Good Value"


u892499572's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Bears is a very nice course and if you can get a deal it is worth it. The course is still suffering a little from the rough winter and lots of rain lately; but it is coming in nicely. I agree with the last reviewer, they need to make sure the water is filled on those hot days, it was empty or all ice when we went by.

Bears is a very nice course, fairways are nice, greens are coming along. If playing well you can score well here, overall it is very fair layout.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Bear's Best Atlanta on 06/05/2018:

Awesome! We're pleased that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We appreciate your feedback on our water coolers and we hope to have you back again soon!

"Not as good as it used to be"


rf3763's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

I live in the area and have played this course 1-2/month since about 2013. It is a great layout, generous off the tee but need to focus on many of the approaches. I always enjoy playing this track, however the course is not in as good of condition as it used to be, The fairways have come in nicely, but many of the greens are full of poa annua so were a little slow but generally rolled well. it was pretty hot/humid the day we played, but noticed that some of the water coolers were empty at 2:30p, Most of the fairway bunkers needed attention (raked, etc) because they were like hardpan. Would like to see the club invest a little more time and $$ into maintaining the course so the higher than normal green fees they charge for the area would be warranted.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Response from Bear's Best Atlanta on 05/22/2018:

Thank you for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed our layout but we apologize that our course conditions didn't meet your expectations. We appreciate your feedback and we hope to have you back again soon.

"Great Course"


Darryl5109178's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent Course in excellent condition. Very challenging and fun. I will play again in 2 weeks.


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


Response from Bear's Best Atlanta on 05/18/2018:

Fantastic! We're glad that our course conditions met your expectations and that you enjoyed the challenge it presented. We look forward to having you back again in a few weeks!

"Great Course with Lots of Challenges"


papabeargolf's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Really enjoyed playing this course. Was able to recognize a couple of the holes from images of tournaments on TV. My rating of "Good" was due to a recent aeration and the greens had not fully recovered.....suspect it would have excellent otherwise.

The short par 4's certainly put a premium on getting the ball in the fairway. Need to pay a lot of attention to the slope of the fairways as the ball will roll off the fairway.

Par 5' were relatively wide open off the tee....thought that was interesting.

Don't be short going into a green. Greens were well protected especially in the front.


I recommend this course


Response from Bear's Best Atlanta on 05/16/2018:

Great! We're glad that you enjoyed our course and the challenge that our layout presented. We appreciate your review and we look forward to having you back again soon!


jerrysohkl1's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Bear's Best Atlanta on 05/09/2018:

Wonderful! Come back soon!

"great day, great course"


Michael3100219's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

everything in great shape. range doesn't open until 3:00. we had 2:00 tee time so didn't get to warm up. overall great course and pace of play was excellent. front nine had course to ourselves. $50 great value for course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Bear's Best Atlanta on 05/09/2018:

Great! We're glad that you enjoyed our course and that you were able to play at a good pace. We're also pleased that you found us to be a good value. We look forward to having you back again soon!

"Lived up to expectations"


HAllister's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was a great course and challenging. Would definitely help to play it again. Really needed a range finder as there aren't many yardage markers.

Greens played fast, but rolled well.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Bear's Best Atlanta on 05/09/2018:

Awesome! We're pleased that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We hope to have you back again soon!

"Great Track of golf!"


reallamarche's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I had guests from Canada visiting this past weekend and took them to Bear's Best. They loved the course and thought it was one of the best designed course they had played! It was probably my fifth time playing it and it also reminded that I can easily recall most of the holes due to their uniqueness and challenges.

We had a great day of golf even it was very cold out there, even for Canadians!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Bear's Best Atlanta on 04/18/2018:

Outstanding! We're thrilled that you and your guests enjoyed your round with us. We're glad that you enjoyed our course and our unique layout. We can't wait to have you and your guests back soon!

"Enjoyable round great staff"


u183998552's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time here, early in the season and the greens were being refreshed so putting was not great. But the course and staff were terrific. I will be back in a few weeks as I want to see what it looks/plays like when the grass and greens are more in season.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Bear's Best Atlanta on 04/18/2018:

Great! We're glad that you enjoyed your first time playing at Bear's Best Atlanta. We're pleased that our course conditions met your expectations and that our staff left a great impression on you. We look forward to having you back again soon for your next round!

"Just Aerated, Still Great"


u909251423's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Bear’s Best is a challenging course with some really wonderfully designed holes. You can tell that each hill, ridge, tree, and bunker are intentionally placed to affect club and shot selection. That was really fun for me. Great for players that enjoy the tactical aspect of the game. You can still go driver-short iron on most holes, and the fairways are pretty open, but placement matters on every single shot if you want a birdie or even a par. The greens were covered in sand because they aerated the day before, but they were still smooth enough and everything else about the course was in such good shape that I didn’t really care. The fairways were immaculate. Also, the Bears Best Atlanta app was awesome! And crucial since it was my first time. Super easy to tell how far it was to carry a bunker and there are a lot of shots that require that information.

Some minor details could have been better. There were no scorecards and pencils in the box by the first green and no water in some of the ball washers. But I didn’t go there for those things and those things didn’t affect my round. So yea, if you’re a serious golfer that wants a challenge, it’s a great course and a fun experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Bear's Best Atlanta on 04/18/2018:

Wonderful! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your first time with us. We're glad that you enjoyed our course and the challenge that it presented. We appreciate your feedback on our course and we can't wait to have you back again soon at Bear's Best Atlanta!

"No value here"


u000006441836's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The staff was exceptionally helpful and friendly but the course didn't measure up. Too often when a drive landed in the fairway there wasn't even enough grass to hit off of. It was disappointing to spend that much money and find a course in such a poor condition.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Response from Bear's Best Atlanta on 04/11/2018:

Thank you for your review! We're glad that our staff left a great impression you but we apologize that our course conditions didn't meet your expectations. We appreciate your feedback and we hope you will give us another try in the future!

"Fun course"


u00000626749's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Really cool design with Mr. Nicklaus’ most famous golf holes. Course conditions were ok (lots of rain early in the week and course was very wet). Overall very fun course that would be ideal with drier conditions.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Bear's Best Atlanta on 04/02/2018:

Wonderful! We're thrilled that you enjoyed our course and the challenge that it presented. We appreciate your feedback and we can't wait to have you back again soon for another fun round at Bear's Best Atlanta!

"Terrible Course Conditions"


scaredem's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We booked this round a couple days before, We arrived at the course and the practice facility was in great condition.

From the second hole we noticed some extremely wet spots in the fairways. This continued for the entire round. It would have been great if this was stated at check in, Especially when paying in excess in $100. Yes they stated cart path only but it is impossible to find a dry spot without sometimes backing up at least 50 yards. Very disappointed especially since for a couple of us it was the first time playing this course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Bear's Best Atlanta on 04/02/2018:

Thanks for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed our practice facility but we apologize that our course conditions didn't meet your expectations. We appreciate your feedback and we hope to have you back again soon!

"Great track*"


dickwms2's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

* - unless it's been wet. this was my first time @ Bear's Best ATL; i'd been anxious to give this track a try & finally had the opportunity to take advantage of a fabulous "Hot Deal" so i jumped. the place itself is lovely & the outdoor staff are very affable, nice, engaging, &c. though at the pro shop itself when i checked in i didn't exactly get the warm 'n fuzzies but no biggie. i suspect this course looks absolutely breathtaking in a month or so as the winter rust will have surrendered to full spring in GA. that said, the layout is fine but my only gripes would be the following: first, let me say that the greens were fabulous - very well maintained, quick, true & downright delightful. however, there were A LOT of wet areas throughout the entire course & the drainage here is quite poor. second, for a place that charges what it does for a regular priced round (i did not pay rack rate though) i'd have at least expected the darned ball washers to be filled/ functional & i don't recall a single one being usable which was a bit of an agitation given how wet and kinda' muddy much of the course was. several holes were 'cart path only' - again, not a biggie but there were quite a few so i definitely got a lot of exercise but it did slow our threesome down & it was a bit inconvenient. overall, i'd give Bear's Best ATL a 3.5 out of 5 stars; it certainly wasn't the "WOW" that i was expecting/ hoping for though it is a nice track, some very challenging holes (we played the Blues) & worth the hour and half (one way) to play it. i'd play it again & recommend it. my favorites were the Par 3's definitely. the ball washer thing though really did bug me/ us; seemed a bit ridiculous for a "high-end" course such that it purports to be.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Bear's Best Atlanta on 04/02/2018:

Awesome! We're pleased that you enjoyed our course and the challenge that it presented. We're also glad that our staff left a great impression on you. We appreciate your feedback and will make sure to use your review to help us improve moving forward. We hope to have you back again for your next round soon!

"Fast greens, great condition"


dp32185's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I havent play at this course for over a year due to a disappointing experience i.e., slow and bumpy greens, slow pace of play, horrible value. I gave this course a try due to limited options during the tee time than I was looking for (early morning) and to my surprise, the greens are almost back to the excellent condition that it was in 8+ years ago. Tee box is well maintained and the bunkers that I have seen were kept in well shape as well. I will be back again soon! My numbers may be off but it felt like the greens rolled at about 10-11, which is fast for a public course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Bear's Best Atlanta on 03/13/2018:

Excellent! We're thrilled that you gave our course another chance and that you enjoyed your time with us. We appreciate your review and we look forward to having you back again soon at Bear's Best Atlanta!

"Rough it"


PDCobb's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/23/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens are in great shape. The fairways need grass and grooming.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


Response from Bear's Best Atlanta on 02/28/2018:

Thank you for your review! We're pleased that you enjoyed our greens and we appreciate your feedback on our fairways. We hope to have you back again soon!


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