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Value
3.7
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.2
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 7279 yards
Slope 141
Rating 74.6

The King & Bear Course at World Golf Village is named for its designers, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. It is the first and only collaboration between the two legendary golfers. Combining the contrasting styles of the two designers created a challenging course that incorporates features from both traditional Scottish-links courses and new traditions in American golf. The course is known for the numerous lakes bordered by large coquina rock that come into play throughout. The front nine is dotted with loblolly pines while decades-old oak trees provide shade for the back nine. In addition to King & Bear, World Golf Village also offers another excellent 18-hole course, Slammer & Squire.

Course Details

Year Built 2000
Fairways 419 Bermuda Grass
Greens 419 Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round. Peak Season: Mid-February - May
Architect Arnold Palmer (2000) Jack Nicklaus (2000) Ed Seay (2000) MacCurrach Golf (2017) Nicklaus (2017) Bruce Borland Jim Lipe

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fee
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Jacuzzi

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Available Sports

Tennis

Accolades

Reviews

4.5
349 Reviews (349)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 36
Brunch 19
Dinner 15
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 73
Bunkers 70
Undulating Greens 47
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 53
A Weekend Splurge 44
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 43
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 42
At a Resort 34
Near Local Attractions 34

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Reviews 11
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course, scenic and playable

This is the 8th course I have played in the greater St. Augustine / Ponte Vedra area and really enjoyed it. There is a lot of water which makes is very scenic, but felt it was still very manageable with out losing many golf balls. MY only complaint is that the green were quite slow. A course like this should be rolling at an 11 or 12 on stimp and they certainly were not.

I was fortunate to play a twilight round, for 65 bucks which I am sure helped in really enjoying the round, but would regularly play this course and be okay paying $150. If you are paying more than that, my guess is that you will make it a one and done type of thing.

If you are trying to choose between Slammer & Squire, TPC Dyes Valley and King and Bear (which are roughly around the same cost). King and Bear takes it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 101
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing

Fun course to play

Played the King and the Bear today and really enjoyed my round even though it rained throughout the front 9. The course was extremely wet but that is not the fault of the course. Other than that the course was in excellent shape. Fairways and tees were nicely over seeded and the greens were in good shape and rolled smooth. I thought there were several interesting holes with a good amount of water in play. However the fairways are generally pretty wide. I enjoyed this round much more than it’s neighbor the Slammer and the Squire. Both were in good shape but this one was more interesting and fun to play to me.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Had the Place to Myself | Twilight 9 Hole Round

Played a twilight round - 9 holes (front 9) and the course was in superb shape. The course was a little wet, but only due to a full day of rain the day before. Cart path only, but couldn't complain since the weather was perfect and I had the course to myself. So glad they overseeded - course looked beautiful! The staff was friendly and had fresh cold apples on the first tee. Nice touch!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Awesome Track

Played in early December. Course was in excellent, overseeded shape. Would recommend to anyone playing in NE Florida.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice Course but nothing special

Played the King and Bear a few weeks ago, after 3 days of playing at Streamsong. Course is nice and fair. Having played many Nicklaus and Palmer course in Michigan, I didn't find this one to be anything special. The staff was great and very friendly and the pace of play was excellent but there is nothing about the course that really wowed any of us. No comparison to Streamsong. Nice course just not sure if it's worth $109.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 83
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Good course, overpriced?

Solid course design (though 15 and 16 were weak holes near the end). Generally good conditions. Half the fun was trying to decide whether Arnie or Jack designed a particular hole (that would be a nice addition to the scorecard).
Do think the course is a bit overpriced for the area. Would recommend for those who had never played it, but unlikely to play again due to price/value.
Recommend the restaurant for breakfast and lunch - good food and very friendly staff.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
First Time Playing

Met Expectations

Had high expectations for the WGV course and it met all of them. Greens were firm but fair. Lots of shot options from the tee boxes. Great round of golf.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 242
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Georgia Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Awesome Course - Fantastic Conditions

This was my first time playing the King and Bear course. I loved the course, the conditions, and everything associated with the course.

The practice area (range, putting green, chipping area, practice bunkers, etc.) was great. I love the fact there are balls on the range included in the price of the greens fee.

I was a single today and when I got to the first tee there were two other groups of 4 waiting on the first tee box. The started asked me if I wanted to tee off the 10th tee. I told him absolutely. He said that would be great as there was nobody yet on the back nine. I had a great time and did not run into any groups on the back nine at all. Fantastic.

The golf course is awesome, with some of the best conditions you will see at any public course in the area. It is very challenging with lots of bunkers and large greens. The bunkers are strategically placed to penalize any bombers off the tee (Nicklaus trademark). I loved the conditions (greens, tee boxes, fairways). All were in excellent condition.

If you have the opportunity, go play the King and Bear. You will not regret.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 47
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

She's a Beauty

This is a fantastic golf course with some of the best conditions you will see at any public course. It is very challenging with a wide variety of bunker placement and big greens. The bunkers are strategically placed to penalize any bombers off the tee. If you can take the Florida humidity, I suggest trying it out in the summer as it will be significantly cheaper.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 37
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Not in great shape.

Was really looking forward to this round and willing to splurge a little on a round since I was on vacation. The course conditions were no where close to what I was expecting, Some tee boxes were burnt out. Greens were still healing from aeration holes. Burnt out spots no the course. I was disappointed in what I got for a $90 round of golf. Definitely not worth the price.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 55
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Love it

Second time playing this course and it couldn’t be any better. The conditions were great and the sight lines were phenomenal. Jack and Arnie designed a gem and the upkeep has been great. If you’re in the area it’s a must play, as well as slammer. Not too much water in play, but just enough to make you think twice on certain shots

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 163
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Golf as It Was Meant to Be

The King & Bear golf course at The World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL is, in the words of co-designer Jack Nicklaus, “a collaboration of two friends, and an opportunity to bring a friendship together.” The “King” - Arnold Palmer - and “Bear” Jack Nicklaus, joined together to create a course where each hole exhibits characteristics of both players. For Nicklaus, it’s the wide fairways and generous landing areas off the tees whereas Palmer prefers the fast greens. At the time it was built, King & Bear was the only course in the world that the two had built together.

The King & Bear course offers five sets of tees, creating an enjoyable time for any level of golfer. From the back (Stone) tees, the course measures 7,279 yards with a course rating of 74.1 and a slope of 138. Most men will get all they can handle from the Blue Tees (6,506/70.8/131), while the Ladies play from the Green Tees to a yardage of 5,119 (69.1/124). It would be fitting to mention at this point that King & Bear has been ranked in the top 100 Women-Friendly Courses by Golf for Women Magazine.

The course meanders around pristine lakes and ponds with beautiful loblolly pines and stately oak trees throughout. These trees are spectacular to look at; that is until they impede your shot! The emphasis here is on a part of the game that both men were famous for – driving the golf ball. Water hazards are plentiful too. During the winter month, King and Bear over seeds their tee boxes, fairways and greens, producing a brilliant green color which provides a stunning contrast to the dormant Bermuda grass. It also makes for some fabulous playing conditions during the winter months. Another nice touch are the free chilled apples on the 1st tee and as you make the turn at the 10th. If you are inclines to walk the course, World Golf Village recently introduced a new caddy service. Check with the pro shop before your round to get more information.

Not far from the clubhouse is a full length driving range with multiple targets, an impressive short game area and a large practice putting green. Many players come to the King & Bear just to use the practice facilities. Range balls are included with your paid greens fee.

Inside the King & Bear clubhouse, you’ll find a full-service pro shop with all the latest logoed gear from top designers. There are men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers and changing facilities, so you can freshen up before heading home. You’ll also find The Champion’s Grille, with food fit for a King – and a Bear! The restaurant is open for breakfast and doesn’t close until 7 pm, so you can grab a bite no matter when you finish. For breakfast, you can’t go wrong with the Eggs Benedict and for lunch their chicken wings are big and meaty, and their burgers hit the spot. Rest assured, you won’t leave hungry. There are also several large screen TVs where you can catch the latest sporting events as well as a daily happy hour.

Memorable Holes: (All Yardage is from the Blue Tees)

Number 1: Par 4, 381 yards. At first glance, #1 gives you the idea that the landing area is very small, but trust me, there’s a lot of room there. Ideally, a tee shot over the water and bunker towards the left center of the fairway leaves a low to mid-iron approach into a well-guarded green. Par is a great way to start.

Number 6: Par 3, 157 yards. This par three that has it all: trees galore, water and beach bunkers. A pin placement on the right side is best attacked with a fade. Anything long and left may find the back bunker. The green is long and narrow with substantial undulation. There’s a bailout area short left of the green if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Number 10: Par 4, 375 yards. It’s time to make a choice. A drive down the left side brings water and a coquina shelled waste area into play. The right side is the easier drive but brings a deep, menacing greenside bunker into play on your approach shot; too far right and you’ve got trees to deal with. The fairway slopes dramatically from right to left, so you may not have a choice. Another hole where par is a good score.

Number 15: Par 4, 311 yards. This is Mr. Palmer’s favorite hole on the course and is easily the most photographed. It’s s a short par 4 that requires accuracy off the tee. With large Loblolly pines on the left side and a lake to the right, a long iron, hybrid or fairway wood is all you’ll need off the tee. From there, you’ll most likely have a short or iron or pitch shot over a stunning rock wall that surrounds the peninsular green; odds are that you’ll have to carry all or part of the water. Beware of the deep bunker long and left. Make your par and thank Arnie.

Number 16: Par 4, 416 yards. Jack Nicklaus has a favorite hole here as well. It’s Number 16, a brutally long par 4, dogleg right. The oak trees down the right side keep you honest while the Loblolly pines on the left catch any shot missed that way. One particular Loblolly sits on the left side of the fairway. Regardless of how well you strike your drive, you’ll most likely be facing a long iron, hybrid or fairway wood into the green. An extremely large bunker guards the front right side of the green and catches many shots short of the green.

Last Word: The best way to derive the most pleasure from this course is to play from the tees that best suit your handicap and playing ability. When in doubt, take Jack’s advice and tee it forward. The King & Bear will surely challenge the skilled golfer while providing player-friendly conditions for the novice.

The traits of both designers are readily visible in this layout: coquina shelled waste areas and rock-fronted greens are found throughout the course. There are no outrageously long carry shots from any tee, but there is a certain amount of strategy required if you want to score well. Having an idea of where to hit you tee shot on some of the par 4 holes is something you will remember when you play the course a second time. And, as mentioned earlier, the emphasis here is on driving the ball. A good game from the tee boxes goes a long way in shooting a good score here. Compared to other Nicklaus courses, the greens are friendly, although the subtle breaks you find throughout this layout can spell trouble on the scorecard. To Arnie’s credit, the greens do tend to run fast. The course is well maintained and the staff is warm, friendly and anxious to help you make the most of your golf experience at The King and Bear.

World Golf Village, The Slammer & Squire and The King & Bear makes for a great weekend of golf, whether it’s a family outing or a mancation. Throw in the World Golf Hall of Fame, where both designers are members, and the IMAX theater and what else can a golfer ask?

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Worth every penny

If you’re like me and search for deals and try to get the best bang for your buck, you can be pretty critical of courses you pay over $100. But this course is worth it. Play this course if you have the chance. If you’re making a golf trip to St. Augustine this has to be in it. We played TPC dye’s Valley, St. John’s, Slammer and Squire as well. And this was everyone in our group’s number one. Hole 15 was one of my favorite courses I’ve ever played. Conditions are immaculate

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Used cart

Great day on a great course! Conditions, as usual, were terrific. Friendly and professional staff. Very good lunch after the round. Looking forward to playing it again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Course Perfection

Course conditions were perfect. Everything about it was first class.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

No place like home

Right now I am on assignment at Palm Beach and have the opportunity to play truly beautiful courses at Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, and Vero Beach. However, whenever I have a chance, I drive home to spend time with the family and to enjoy the incomparable experience to play King and the Bear. Beautiful lay out, panoramic views, and a truly unique experience. A bit windy of a day, but pace of play was perfect and the putting greens were very true! A most enjoyable experience!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 17
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Love it!!

Love this course. The course is beautiful and t truly love the area to practice chipping. My husband loved the apples on the course which I thought was very unique. Everyone was extremely nice and accommodating which made the whole day just perfect. Thank you!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Good Experience

Beautiful course, well maintained. Facilities were excellent and staff friendly. Only deterrent was rain for a few holes, but still a good experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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