Great Bear Golf & Country Club

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Excellent designed course. All holes different. Conditions were perfect....although an earlier outing had no clue how to repair ball marks on greens. Several tee boxes to pick your distance. Greens were challenging but not difficult. We'll be back again.

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We had an outing from Virginia and it is a 4 hours drive from our home. We stayed near the course and played two rounds of golf at this course. Overall the course condition is very good. However, we ran into some course player flow issues.

Before I explained what happened to us, I want to first thank the General Manager, Mr. Manley, who accepted our complaints and offer two unlimited rounds to compensate our loss of playing here first time. I fully appreciated Mr. Manley's sincerity and two of our members will plan to take advantage of this offer. Hopefully their experience will be much different than our experience. So overall I am still recommending this course just because Mr. Manley's attitude to improve.

--- Now back to our issues --
The first round were play on 9/17 8:30AM with two tee times. Right before we are heading out to the 10th tee to start from the back-9, the starter inserted a group of four ahead of us playing very slow. The round takes 5.5 hours to complete, which force us to delay our second round in another golf course. The second day tee time also at 8:30AM which was also booked 2 months before along with the hotel package. For this round, the course told us to complete by 11:30 (a 3 hours round? are you kidding me) because they have taken a 120 people short-gun tournament starting at 12NOON. Also, we all play white tee. But because of the tournament, they moved all the white tee to the same tee-off location as red tee. Before we complete 17 hole, all tournament players are rushing in to our un-played holes which cause all the hassles to finish our last two holes and the remaining sentiments after the trip.

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Played Sunday 130. Pace of play non issue. Course was fun to play excellent mix of holes all different and separate from each other. Played the blues and course was kinda short and definitely don't need to use driver on most holes. Staff was friendly....had a burger at the restaurant and it was pretty good. $65 I felt was a good price for this course. Can't wait to go bad and give it another go.

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We cashed in our 39 dollar vouchers to play Great Bear for the 1st time this past Sunday. Regular Sunday rate was 95, so we had a great deal. The course was not busy and we never had to wait a second to hit a shot.

Great Bear starts out with a medium length par four and a mid iron par 3 and then the teeth of the course kicks in. The 3rd hole is a bear of a par 4 with elevation changes and a long 2nd shot. The 4th is a twisting par 5 that really requires shaping your shot. The 10th hole requires hitting your tee ball over a lagoon and environmental area and its super easy to hit a bad one and have to re tee. That hole and the twisting par 5 18 are both toughies.
The course can only be played by taking a cart as there are big drives between holes. The layout is superb and each hole is private and you cannot see other golfers playing other holes. The bunkering is very well done and you'll have to be very accurate on your approaches to avoid them.
The conditioning of the course is good but not great. The greens were a bit spongy with quite a few ball marks and that could be a result of recent rain. The fairways and tees were good but not pristine as you might expect from a course that charges 95 dollars on a weekend.
Practice facilities here are very good and there are 3 practice greens in various spots. The staff was professional and very nice.
I'd certainly come back to play here if I got another great deal as this is certainly a course that challenges all parts of your game.

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Beautiful Easter Sunday weather so I was fortunate to enjoy this track on a day which wasn't busy. Conditions were fantastic for this early on the season. Typical Nicklaus design with various blind shots requiring target golf thinking. From the back tee boxes, this course can be a challenge for just about anyone. Got to play this track on the Shawnee Inns stay and play package. Great value if you plan on playing at both facilities.

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