Bear Mountain Golf and Country Club - Mountain

4.6547714286 4.7 stars from 5 (16)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6891 yards
  • Slope: 142
  • Rating: 73.2
  • Layout

  • 1999 Country Club Way, Victoria, British Columbia, V9B 6R3
  • 1 (888) 533-2327, (250) 744-2327
  • (250) 391-3792
  • www.bearmountain.ca

Year built: 2003
Architect(s): Jack Nicklaus (2003), Steve Nicklaus (2003)
Type: Resort

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Bear Mountain Golf Academy"

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Singles allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 16 Reviews
5 stars:
8
4 stars:
8
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

16 out of 16 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Great for wildlife/ scenic views a weekend splurge   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers  

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"Nice, but..."


GolfinginBC's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
British Columbia Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Worth the ferry ride!"


huiesean's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Bear Mountain Golf Resort, Mountain Course"


David1684852's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Alberta Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2015
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Great views with a great design"


CDPbogeygolfer's avatar
British Columbia Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2015
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A bear of a golf course, heck of a ride"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/21/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great View and Awesome Food!"


quocbui's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Awesome views with fabulous golf"


TedLedding's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.<br/> It was even more spectacular when playing.<br/> 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.<br/> We enjoyed every minute and the staff was great from the front desk to the back shop boys.<br/> Would return there in an instant.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


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


shaberlin's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/22/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bring plenty of Balls"


savinman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/2/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"The best on Vancouver Island"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2013
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

It's been almost a decade since I got to tee it up on the Mountain course, but nothing has changed. This is still the best golf experience on Vancouver Island.<br/> Nicklaus probably went a little bit overboard in making it too tough for the average player. The setting is so spectacular, who cares? You feel like you're playing on the rooftop of the world when you reach some of the greens high above Victoria. The par-3s really stand out. Nicklaus copied Pete Dye's do-or-die island green with a tiny target surrounded by water at no. 11.<br/> If you really don't have the game for Mountain course, try the sister Valley course, which has wider fairways and plays more gently with your ego.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course!"


Gomer2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/15/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed the course very much; has some real challenging holes! Over all condition is good.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course is good condition."


u00000934961's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/10/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful setting, good pace, difficult narrow fairways in some places with uphill shots to the green. Stay out of the rough, tough to get out of. Expensive but worth it!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great layout"


dh51334's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape except being a little soggy. It make it tough on a 440 par four when your tee shot backs up. Other than that, the course offer 18 different holes. Had to wait for a family of deer to pass on one hole. The view from 14 green is amazing.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Best on the island"


bear69's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/31/2012
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First rate course but course was empty hence the price should drop accordingly. Better to have a busy course at a lower rate, than an empty course at a high rate.<br/> Course was in top condition and the round was very enjoyable.<br/> Disappointed with the changes on the nineth hole. It was a great par five.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Signature hole - 14. What a view!"


u000005417104's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/27/2012
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A must play course in Victoria. The hotel is beautiful, service was wonderful.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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