Bear's Best Atlanta golf course - no. 6
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Bear's Best Atlanta golf course - no. 6
Bear's Best Atlanta is a collection of Jack Nicklaus' favorite holes, which includes the par-3 sixth, a copy of the famous 12th at Muirfield Village. That hole, of course, was inspired by the 12th at Augusta National. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Bear's Best Atlanta golf course - no. 1
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Bear's Best Atlanta golf course - no. 1
The first hole on Bear's Best Atlanta is inspired by the 10th at St. Mellion in Cornwall, England. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Bear's Best Atlanta golf course - no. 3
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Bear's Best Atlanta golf course - no. 3
The third hole at Bear's Best Atlanta pays tribute to the par-3 13th at Spring Creek Ranch in Collierville, Tenn. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Bear's Best Atlanta golf course - holes 6 and 11
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Bear's Best Atlanta golf course - holes 6 and 11
Here's another vantage point on the sixth hole at Bear's Best Atlanta, where you see two par 3s, including the 11th across the pond. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Bear's Best Atlanta golf course - no. 7
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Bear's Best Atlanta golf course - no. 7
No. 7 at Bear's Best is a par 5 inspired by the third hole at Shoal Creek (Alabama) Country Club. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Bear's Best Atlanta golf course - no. 10
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Bear's Best Atlanta golf course - no. 10
The 10th at Bear's Best Atlanta is an ode to the par-4 15th at Mt. Juliet in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Bear's Best Atlanta golf course - no. 11
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Bear's Best Atlanta golf course - no. 11
The par-3 11th at Bear's Best Atlanta copies the "Bear Trap" 15th hole on the Champions Course at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Bear's Best Atlanta golf course - no. 14
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Bear's Best Atlanta golf course - no. 14
The par-5 14th at Bear's Best Atlanta is the longest par 5 on the golf course at 565 yards. It's a copy of the 17th at the Governor's Club in Chapel Hill, S.C. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Bear's Best Atlanta golf course - no. 15
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Bear's Best Atlanta golf course - no. 15
The 15th at Bear's Best Atlanta is a reproduction of the short par-4 first at Sherwood C.C. in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Bear's Best Atlanta golf course - no. 18
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Bear's Best Atlanta golf course - no. 18
The final hole at Bear's Best Atlanta represents the difficult par-4 18th at Castle Pines Golf Club in Castle Rock, Colo. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor

An Autumn look at Bear's Best Atlanta, which highlight's Jack Nicklaus' favorite golf holes

SUWANEE, Ga. -- Bear's Best Atlanta compiles the greatest of Jack Nicklaus golf course designs into one 18-hole golf course.

Once ranked among the best courses you can play in America by Golf Digest, the high-end daily-fee course is located in the upscale gated community of Edinburgh. Like its sister course in Las Vegas, Bear's Best Atlanta is a selection of 18 holes from Jack Nicklaus' more than 200 course designs worldwide.

Among the featured courses are Castle Pines, Muirfield Village, PGA National's Champions Course, Sherwood Country Club, Shoal Creek and the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles. The course follows rolling topography and usually boasts excellent conditions as well as large clubhouse, well stocked golf shop, grill and extensive practice facilities.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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