Bear Mountain Golf and Country Club - Valley

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4.7
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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 6807
Slope 135
Rating 72.9
Type Resort
The Valley Course, one of two 18-hole courses at Bear Mountain Golf & Country Club, sprawls across a diverse landscape of forests, creeks, and rivers. The golf course shares many similarities with its sibling course, the Mountain, which was designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son Steve Nicklaus. It offers many of the same challenges including elevated tee boxes and strategically placed bunkers but thanks to the shorter length and gentler landscape, the Valley Course is considered a friendlier version of the original Bear Course. There are also more generous fairways and larger greens that make it even more appealing to the beginning and intermediate player. The golf course is still challenging though with elevations between 300 and 500 feet above sea level. Golfers can enjoy spectacular mountain views on both Bear Mountain courses.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Golden 71 6807 yards 72.9 135
Grizzly 71 6392 yards 70.8 130
Black 71 6022 yards 69.0 128
Black (W) 71 6022 yards 74.8 134
Spirit 71 5583 yards 66.8 120
Spirit (W) 71 5583 yards 72.0 128
Cinnamon 71 4684 yards 63.2 103
Cinnamon (W) 71 4684 yards 66.7 112
Scorecard for Valley
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: 72.9/135 501 235 403 398 357 215 395 366 442 3312 202 370 488 471 152 588 207 459 558 3495 6807
Grizzly M: 70.8/130 475 186 341 370 350 207 385 360 427 3101 190 365 480 443 139 560 160 424 530 3291 6392
Black M: 69.0/128 W: 74.5/142 466 168 326 349 319 185 340 346 412 2911 185 345 469 427 125 528 136 393 503 3111 6022
Spirit M: 66.8/120 W: 72.0/132 449 146 317 305 311 155 280 326 397 2686 173 335 439 414 109 437 121 372 497 2897 5583
Cinnamon M: 63.2/103 W: 66.7/114 427 127 217 237 268 113 264 296 337 2286 89 293 305 383 79 411 104 291 433 2388 4674
Handicap 7 5 17 15 13 11 9 3 1 12 8 10 2 18 4 16 6 14
Par 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 35 3 4 5 4 3 5 3 4 5 36 71
Handicap (W) 5 7 15 17 9 13 11 3 1 16 6 18 10 14 2 12 8 4

Course Details

Year Built 2009
Architect Jack Nicklaus (2009)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs 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

4.6
18

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Dinner 2
Amazing Food 1
Brunch 1
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 2
Elevation Changes 2
Forced Carries 2
This course/club is great for:
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 2
Advanced Golfers 2
Playing Multiple Courses 2
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 1
In the 'Burbs 1
Worth the Drive 1
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Recommended
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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

Preferred But still...

I prefer over the Mountain course. I still thinking overall condition needs to be better if they want to charge the price they are for memberships and trying to build a name for themselves. Played from the tip, its high season and weeds everywhere and not cut. Its always amazing to me how some course really want to charge the world but overlook the basics. ($40k initial membership fee!) again this is on Vancouver Island, not the mainland, not Whistler, Not the Okanagan. Hopefully the saga of never ending building and money issues passes, I'd like to see this place complete and rolling with high octane. For now I won't be making the return for a few years while everything is still going on.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout 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

I Prefer Valley to the Mountain

I really enjoyed the layout and that every hole was picturesque. I liked that there were signs describing nature in the area. There were some challenging shots for sure. Elevation changes on par 3s and some tricky uphill greens made for a fun round.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout 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, Valley 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.
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 Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great golf course with a nice variety of holes 5 par threes, 4 par fives and 9 far fours

This is one of my favourite golf courses to play, it has a bit of everything. There are some really challenging holes but some nice shorter par 3's the real challenge here are the greens which are quite large, undulated and really fast. I highly recommend this golf course
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Average
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bring your A game!

Tight fairways, undulating greens, several blind shots, strategically placed bunkers & water hazards. Nicklas designed this layout to challenge every level of golfer! Although this Valley course plays slightly easier than the Mountain course, it will most definitely give you a run for your money. I tend to pack a few extra balls when I am fortunate to play this local gem.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Fair
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Not overly long but greens are wonderfully challenging!

Very comprehensive practice area. Beautiful course over varied terrain. Misty showery start but ground very easy to hit from. Slippery for power carts! Greens and pin positions a challenge. Very undulating but fun to try to master! Forward tees not insulting but very helpful for those starting to break 100. Lots of challenge for those on the back tees. Layout keeps players on different fairways well separated. Will definitely play here again.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Average
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Wonderful afternoon

A little wet in spots. Greens were great and fast. Would definitely play it again.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Poor
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Excellent
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fantastic golf course with wonderful staff!

One of the highlights of the round at the Valley course was the staff. A special applause for the starter who was very helpful with a touch of humor! The fairways and greens were in pristine condition. Loved the GPS on the power carts which assisted in club selection for those critical shots. The course marshall kept the groups moving smoothly with no waits at a tee box. Gave the golf experience five stars *****.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Average
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

a fun course to play , but very hard

love playing this course , its a very big challenge
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Average
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

This course is great

This course is very good, would play it again given the chance; I really enjoyed it. Again would recommend this course to any one.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Average
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Average

Stay & Play Offers

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