Bear Mountain Golf and Country Club - Mountain

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4.1
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5 Stars
8
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
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2 Stars
0
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.8
Value
4.0
Layout
5.0
Friendliness
4.9
Pace
2.2
Amenities
4.9
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4.0
1
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Conditions
5.0
Value
4.0
Layout
5.0
Pace
2.0
Amenities
5.0
StaffFriendliness
5.0
100.0%
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1 out of 1 reviews
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4.0
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Conditions
5.0
Value
4.0
Layout
5.0
Pace
2.0
Amenities
5.0
StaffFriendliness
5.0
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About

Holes 18
Par 70
Length 6891
Slope 142
Rating 73.2
Type Resort
Bear Mountain Golf & Country Club boasts Victoria's only course co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son, Steve. The Mountain Course is a modern classic that is nestled in the foothills of Mount Finlayson. The scenic layout features rolling fairways that tumble through dense forests and views of the surrounding mountains, Victoria City, and Pacific Ocean throughout the entire course. Strategically placed bunkers and dramatic elevation changes present a formidable test to even seasoned players. The design skillfully combines challenge with playability, making it accessible to a range of skill levels. In 2009 the club added a second Nicklaus golf course called the Valley, making it the only 36-hole Nicklaus-designed facility in Canada. With more generous fairways, larger greens, and fewer bunkers, it is considered a gentler version of the original Bear Course.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Golden 70 6891 yards 73.2 142
Grizzly 70 6420 yards 70.7 140
Black (W) 70 6383 yards 77.2 155
Black 70 6043 yards 68.9 127
Black (W) 70 6043 yards 74.6 142
Spirit 70 5499 yards 66.8 120
Spirit (W) 70 5499 yards 72.0 134
Cinnamon 70 4686 yards 63.5 112
Cinnamon (W) 70 4686 yards 68.2 120
Scorecard for Mountain
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Golden M: 73.2/142 540 375 395 194 493 432 173 483 443 3528 152 429 488 523 165 471 189 343 603 3363 6891
Grizzly M: 70.7/140 533 348 362 183 454 410 155 449 415 3309 135 407 453 509 126 432 177 311 561 3111 6420
Black M: 68.9/127 W: 74.6/142 523 348 329 150 423 397 148 431 380 3129 128 389 437 480 116 399 166 289 510 2914 6043
Spirit M: 66.8/120 W: 72.0/134 420 325 329 88 389 283 148 413 380 2775 128 389 345 464 99 399 158 269 493 2744 5519
Cinnamon M: 63.5/112 W: 68.2/120 420 247 259 88 304 283 131 331 340 2403 90 315 345 387 64 279 95 259 449 2283 4686
Handicap 9 11 17 13 3 1 15 5 7 10 16 12 2 6 8 18 14 4
Par 5 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 35 3 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 5 35 70
Handicap (W) 9 11 15 17 1 3 5 13 7 10 12 8 4 2 14 16 18 6

Course Details

Year Built 2003
Architect Jack Nicklaus (2003) Steve Nicklaus (2003)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Reviews

4.1
17

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Dinner 5
Drinks 5
19th Hole Scenic Views 4
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 7
Bunkers 6
Forced Carries 5
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 7
A Weekend Splurge 6
Advanced Golfers 5
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 5
Convenient to the City 3
Worth the Drive 3
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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

An Incredible Course Diminished by Over-Development

All the reviews of this course make it worthy to be on any golfer’s play list in BC. If it did not have so much housing developed and so much construction underway, it would be in the top 10 courses I have ever played. It is very challenging and exceptionally picturesque EXCEPT for what has become a distracting amount of housing and condo development. I wish it was more like the Valley Course from a developement point of view. Set your expectations accordingly. Bear Mountain is a great resort and I can’t say enough good things about the staff and accommodations.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 50 Contributor
British Columbia Advisor
Previously Played
Used cart

Nice, but...

Not going to go on a long rant but I'll do a sort one.

With my experience and worldwide play, I would simply say that this course is overpriced and not in condition it needs to be for price. They are hopeful for an International audience and need it. The senior PGA is coming and they have significantly increased membership in prep for this. ($40k initiation fee!!)

Driving range was 6 mats as everything is still ongoing with construction, with what seems to be a decade plus on this hill. Very painful.

Nice views, good layout, but locals aren't paying the money and with increased housing and sales, I still see it being a tough go. Happy I've played it again but not making a point to come back.

I prefer the Valley course as well;) Everyone talks about this one but save some money and try the Valley.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Worth the ferry ride!

The tee boxes were not in good shape. Also the fairways were still wet. That day it was cart path only. But I could see in the summer this course being super pristine and playing tough. Keep it out of the thick rough! Jack made this course very challenging. I felt that hitting different clubs off the tee was a different change of pace from hitting driver 14 times. I was disappointed that it was early in the season so #10 did not have water surrounding the island green!

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Alberta Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Bear Mountain Golf Resort, Mountain Course

The two courses at Bear Mountain Golf Resort was the site for the 2013 Golf Town National Amateur Series Championship. Amateurs from across the country gathered here and were pretty impressed with the challenge both courses provided. Jack Nicklaus's design gives the golfer plenty of choices to play each hole. Those with the ability to manage their game accordingly and execute the right shot at the right time came out ahead. Great fun, spectacular views, 36 challenging holes make for one of the best golfing experiences on Vancouver Island.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
British Columbia Advisor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great views with a great design

I loved this course for everything it had. I was only able to play one of the 18 hole courses but it showed me enough that I am hooked. A great course weaved through Bear Mountain provides a high degree of difficulty. That doesn't detract from the fun as it is designed well enough that despite the challenge each hole has a unique element that never always catches your eye and never frustrates you. The little par 3 island green is a fun little hole but the the real draw on this course the stretch of holes on the back nine that give you an amazing overhead view of Victoria and the harbour right out to the ocean. Also get great views of the mountains in Washington State. A must play for any golfer that want to enjoy a day that provides everything you could want from a golf course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Used cart

A bear of a golf course, heck of a ride

If you like elevated tees, big undulating greens, perfect conditioning and incredible views, this is your golf course. Around every bend there's plenty of eye candy on this Nicklaus Design gem overlooking the city of Victoria on Vancouver Island. While most look forward to the signature par-3 14th with views that go for miles, the entire course is a roller coaster ride through the most mountainous golf course site on the island. No doubt, the 36 holes at Bear Mountain represent the best of British Columbia resort golf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Great View and Awesome Food!

Went here with a group of 8 for annual tourney and it was great. We also played the valley course. Super nice staff, didnt felt rushed at all. Some tricky blind fairways but GPS is included so no issue. Cleaned your clubs when you were done. Very relaxing and enjoyable weekend. You gotta try the burgers in the restaurant up top.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Whether you’re in the spectator gallery or lining up your ball on the tee, your round of golf, golf vacation or outing at a TPC will be unforgettable...
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Awesome views with fabulous golf

We went online to book a golf course and decided to choose this one as we had seen it when hiking to the top of Mount Finlayson. It was even more spectacular when playing. Each hole had challenges but also each hole had awesome scenery to view. The course was in great shape even the greens that they had aerated only a few days before. We enjoyed every minute and the staff was great from the front desk to the back shop boys. Would return there in an instant.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bear Mountain is a great course with one of the best views anywhere

this is one of the best public courses in Victoria and it never gets boring playing this course. It is a challenge from every tee box no matter what level you are at. The course is always in great shape and is playable even in the winter months. I love playing here!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bring plenty of Balls

Had an enjoyable day with another 2 some that joined us. The course has a lot of blind spots and seems like the fairway bunkers are set up to catch average golfers. Lots of Deer and pretty scenery.... Mark G

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
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