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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7352
Slope 143
Rating 75.5
Type Semi-Private
Northern Bear Golf Club is one of only three Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses in Canada. The course is situated in Sherwood Park just outside of Edmonton. The layout has fast greens and undulating fairways that are lined with trees. The course offers many challenges including long fescue grass and five lakes that come into play on eleven holes. The most defining feature of the layout though, is the abundance and placement of the bunkers. There are well over 50 treacherously placed throughout. Although it is a formidable test, Northern Bear G.C. has five sets of tees ranging from 5,800 to 7,400 yards that make it more accessible for less advanced players
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7352 yards 75.5 143
Gold 72 6984 yards 73.6 138
Blue 72 6779 yards 72.7 132
White 72 6042 yards 69.5 124
White (W) 72 6042 yards 74.8 139
Red 72 5244 yards 70.7 131
Scorecard for Northern Bear 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
Black M: 75.5/143 435 540 403 163 461 535 425 174 452 3588 540 447 458 200 442 579 404 240 454 3764 7352
Gold M: 73.6/138 408 508 381 155 439 502 399 167 432 3391 518 422 437 187 433 562 380 224 430 3593 6984
Blue M: 72.7/132 394 494 365 148 430 490 388 158 421 3288 508 403 423 177 422 551 374 211 422 3491 6779
Blue/White M: 70.6/128 345 494 331 148 385 490 388 158 378 3117 508 346 370 177 356 551 374 211 359 3252 6369
White M: 69.5/124 W: 74.8/139 345 467 331 139 385 457 299 132 378 2933 482 346 370 156 356 531 322 187 359 3109 6042
Red/White W: 72.7/133 310 467 258 130 343 457 299 132 316 2712 416 289 370 142 356 439 322 167 319 2820 5532
Red W: 70.7/131 310 407 258 130 343 396 269 123 316 2552 416 289 319 142 313 439 288 167 319 2692 5244
Handicap 5 15 9 11 3 13 7 17 1 8 4 14 6 18 12 16 10 2
Par 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 36 5 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 2002
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season May - October
Architect Jack Nicklaus (2002) Chet Williams (2002)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Reviews

4.7
11

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
19th Hole Scenic Views 5
Patio Dining 5
Drinks 4
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 8
Undulating Greens 7
Water Hazards 7
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 7
A Weekend Splurge 6
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 5
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 7
Convenient to the City 3
In the 'Burbs 2
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Type of Golfer
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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good test of golf

One of the best golf courses in Alberta. A good test of golf for all levels of player. The course condition is above average with a very friendly and professional staff. Would suggest this course is a must play when you are in the area.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful Course

I had heard about Northern Bear, but hadn't had a chance to try it. I went on the Friday before the long weekend and it was perfect. I got in on the spring rate for $99 with cart. Course conditions were great although the bunkers were a bit firm. Some quite challenging holes, but none that were frustrating. Pace of play was great, but it was a Friday afternoon, so not a true test. Recommended.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather

Great Course

I have played the Northern Bear numerous times and always left with a smile. The course is in excellent shape (probably top 3 in Edmonton area). Staff have always treated me exceptional. The price is a little steep but for the course conditioning, challenge, pace of play and friendly staff, to me it is worth it. I will definitely be back in 2017.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Jack does it again!

A very well designed, well maintained course. Lots of water hazards and sand traps. The greens were very large with a fair amount of break. Putts rolled smoothly. The course was in great shape. The starter/marshal was very friendly. The 19th hole had an upscale sports bar feel to it. Breakfast was delicious at a reasonable price.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Poor weather
Used cart

Great Time

I couldn't find any friends to go golfing with this morning, so I decided to go out by myself, and try a new course. First off they offered at $79 fee (cart included) because the weather was windy and rainy so I suppose they were trying to get people to come out, as their regular Friday-Sunday fee is $129 (which is steep for the course but $79 was a good deal). There was only two other people on the course when I arrived so naturally I had an excellent pace of play. Every hole has a high risk, high reward play - which I went high risk and that definitely cost me a couple strokes on some holes. The bunker placement was challenging, and the water placement was nice. The greens and fairways were in good shape, everything played slow due to the rain, but I would imagine the greens are fast when the weather is good. Staff were extremely professional and friendly. I had to use all my will power to not go back inside when I was done to pay for another round.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Don't waste your money,

Cart path only because of a lack of water for fairways, again. Greens over watered, damage easily, almost un-puttable. Fairways terrible, too long...lower the mower, Bunkers a joke, more gravel than sand. Ran out of balls on the range, apparently the picker was out of fuel! Cart paths falling apart. They are so hungry for revenue that they over book, 5 hour round would be minimum. They group behind us were just as angry and kept hitting into us, so we quit after 9 holes. This can be all yours for $130 on the weekend, Highlight of the day, the staff were smiling as they gave my money back.
Staff Friendliness Good
Quality of food & beverage Good
Pace of Play Poor
Off-course amenities Poor
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Poor
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Like it!

So many people complain about the cart path only. Its not their fault. The weather has been bad,hardly any rain. If you don't like the cart path only,then just walk. Get some exercise. The course is very beautiful. Great fairways. Driving Range is great! The staff is very friendly. The food is amazing. Recommended it to anyone!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Quality of food & beverage Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Alberta Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Northern Bear GC

This is a good Nicklaus design winding through the woods south east of Edmonton. Like all Nicklaus courses it is blessed with exceptional bunkering, huge rolling greens that are a pleasure to putt on. Three strong Par 3's, great risk/reward Par 5's. and challenging Par 4's. There is little reason for golfers not to enjoy this Nicklaus course.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Always an adventure.

I do not play this course well but always enjoy it. It is in great condition, a tee box for all levels of golfers, just wish people would play from the proper tees. Our foursome played in under 4 hours. One of these times I will drive straight and really enjoy the game. Will play again in a month or so.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Quality of food & beverage Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Annual member

You cannot complain too much about the course. 2014 conditions were the best in years as a annual member, however value from restraint staff and food as well as on course were well below a course of this caliber. Food was poor, service below expected value and cart service was very poor for a hot day. But the golf was awesome! You will never see someone cutting grass around you. It's well recommended
Staff Friendliness Good
Quality of food & beverage Fair
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Fair
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Average

Stay & Play Offers

$110 Starting price
Valid dates: Aug 13, 2018 - Dec 31, 2019
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