King and Bear Golf Course at World Golf Village

4.6939235294 4.7 stars from 5 (336)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7279 yards
  • Slope: 138
  • Rating: 74.1
  • Layout

  • 1 King and Bear Dr, St Augustine, FL 32092, Saint Johns County
  • (904) 940-6088, (904) 940-6200
  • (904) 940-6211
  • www.golfwgv.com

Year built: 2000
Architect(s): Arnold Palmer (2000), Jack Nicklaus (2000), Ed Seay (2000)
Type: Resort
Greens: 419 Bermuda Grass
Fairways: 419 Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round. Peak Season: Mid-February - May

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Simulator: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Stone 72 7279 yards 74.1 138
Black 72 6855 yards 72.6 133
Blue 72 6506 yards 70.8 131
White 72 5987 yards 68.5 127
White (W) 72 5987 yards 74.4 135
Green (W) 72 5119 yards 69.1 124

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 336 Reviews
5 stars:
219
4 stars:
80
3 stars:
25
2 stars:
12
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

314 out of 333 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive at a resort near local attractions   Great for advanced golfers a weekend splurge a bucket list/top 100 pick   Challenges include water hazards bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks brunch dinner  

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"Worth every penny"


steelersnotredame107's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2018
Previously played Used cart

Reviewed on

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.


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


"Course Perfection"


Tom2293780's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/29/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"No place like home"


oz4's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/28/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



londres1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/26/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Love it!!"


Dorothy8589826's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/10/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

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!!


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


"Good Experience"


swdfsh240's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/08/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


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


"Overall"


Erniet's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/05/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is a great layout and always in great shape!

Enjoyed playing very much.


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




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/21/2017
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


"Incredible course with impeccable service!"


Gabriel2813198's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/19/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

From the moment we got there, we were treated with the utmost appreciation! We hit balls at the range and were politely notified our tee time was approaching. We were told of the course, Jack and Arnie’s influence, etc. On the course, we enjoyed lush fairways and immaculate greens! Even the cart girl (Madison) was fantastic!! What an incredible opportunity to play here! Also, we stopped in the. At after and receivee amazing service from Brittany! Will definitely be back!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Sacred Ground"


fastnh's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/07/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

The course was in perfect condition. Every hole you are reminded of where you are and who designed this gem. It was a drizzly day but nothing could dampen my feelings of excitement . In fact it took 2 holes to settle down and play good golf. If you get the chance, and can afford the price, check this one off your "bucket list ".


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/05/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was very fortunate to find this course on golf now. Beautiful experience one of the most memorable experiences on a long vacation in Saint Augustine. All of the extras free driving range, chipping area and historical golf shop made this one of the best courses I have played.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


Canman04's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/30/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you are in the area...This course is a must.

Fairways were fantastic, Greens were top notch.

Greens rolled true and fast. my kind of greens

layout is a ten, there is room for your tee shots, but your eye goes to the sorrounding water or tree lines.

tight but fair

If you spray your shots, you will have to bring a couple extra sleeves of balls.

Hope you have as much fun on this this course as i did.

enjoy


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great value, well kept and challenging"


JaxGolfBE's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/24/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

This course is always in great shape tee to green. Definitely some challenging tee boxes on a windy day. Great overall service. Coleman, the bartender, is a warm fellow and provides great service. A great deal is $60 and below.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



BillyBobsbuddy's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/13/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

We really enjoy this course. Very interesting, lots of variety and always in great shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"great course, but not at the hall of fame location"


rydercupgenius's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/13/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

great course, just enough water, greens are fun and fair. but don't go to the HOF location. Slammer and Squire course is there, but King and Bear is about 2 miles further into the development.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Golfhunter121123rog's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Overall enjoyable experience,greens very fast course good shape


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Too dam slow!"


u598395414's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/27/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

You shouldn't crowd so many people on this course and you should keep people moving


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"That was fun."


Bill10to7's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

I have been looking forward to playing this course for some time. The wait was worth it. The club house was great. The help was wonderful. The driving range was neat and every container had balls in it. The putting greens gave me a taste of how fast the course greens were. The fairways were great surrounded by some beautiful homes with spectacular landscaping. Unfortunately there was little roll due to the wet conditions and I count on roll with my Crummy tee shots. The tee boxes were all marked for distance and there were markers all over the fairway. The greens were in great shape and were fast. The cart path only rule was in effect due to recent seeding but even that was not a problem. It was nice to just be walking around in the fairway while waiting for the groups in front of me to finish up. The carts ran well but there was no GPS in my cart. I played from the whites and was able to squeak out a few pars and a couple of bogies. I recommend this course to any one that just loves the game and the surroundings that come with it.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Just Play It"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/19/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Great course. Challenging yet fair. Excellent condition when we played only a week after Hurricane Irma. Greens a little rough, but to be expected since they just dried out enough to get mowers on the course.

I will play this course again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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