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4.2
488 Reviews (488)
5 Stars
173
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
13
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.0
Value
4.3
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.9
91.4%
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423 out of 488 reviews
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3.9
74 Reviews (74)
5 Stars
19
4 Stars
36
3 Stars
15
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.0
Layout
4.3
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.3
87.8%
Recommend this course
65 out of 74 reviews
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4.1
128 Reviews (128)
5 Stars
42
4 Stars
65
3 Stars
17
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.2
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.3
91.4%
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117 out of 128 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Private
Par 72
Length 6804 yards
Slope 139
Rating 74.2

Bear Creek Golf Club is one of the courses that makes Hilton Head Island one of the country's most popular golf destinations. Rees Jones designed the course, routing the layout through majestic pines and sparkling blue lagoons. Jones kept much of the existing landscape intact, earning the golf course Audubon certification. There are five sets of tees total, with the longest stretching over 6,800 yards. It's a course that players of all skill levels can enjoy regardless of handicap. The tight, bunkered fairways are an infamous feature of the course but Bear Creek is also known for having some of the best greens on Hilton Head Island. The finishing hole is the course's signature. You'll have to navigate your way past a narrow chute of pines to reach the green, which is fronted by a large lagoon.

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Course Details

Year Built 1980
Fairways 419 Tifway Bermuda Grass
Greens Super Dwarf TifEagle Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Rees Jones (1980) Bryce Swanson (1980) Rees Jones (2006) Arthur Hills (1986)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

4.2
488 Reviews (488)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 16
Brunch 11
Patio Dining 11
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 48
Water Hazards 48
Narrow Fairways 32
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 39
Locals 24
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 22
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 23
Near Local Attractions 22
At a Resort 17

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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Lots of fun

On vacation free lunch free range balls greens awesome

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
First Time Playing

Skip it

With the quality of the other courses in Hilton head, this one is not worth your time or money. Staff were rude, members weren’t friendly either, Pro shop was empty and under construction. In the middle of nowhere, and they lure you in with coupons. Skip it.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Have been playing golf on HHI for 30 years and this is by far the worst experience! Course is OK, but mismanaged, unfriendly, rude members that do not want you on their course! This is why they offer coupons offering lunch and balls because they can’t keep people coming back! Lunch was fine but would have preferred a water cart coming by and someone to keep play moving without being rude and disrespectful to seniors who have paid good money to play! I would not recommend! Too many other great courses with better management and friendly staff than to waste your time and money at this place! Don’t waste your time and money!

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 1
3.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Twosome

Nice course.clubhouse has seen better days.greens had just been aerrated-surprise.fairways very good conditions.cart paths mainly dirt,bumpy and puddles from sprinklers.another former private course.this one seems mostly public play.worth playing.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 34
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 57
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Round even included Lunch

Overall I really liked this course. The fairways are a little thin in areas and there is what looks like a Poa Annua problem (weeds) on some of the greens. But, the greens rolled true and were above average speed. The staff was very friendly and the pace of play was not bad. There was a men's league in front of us and they moved along well. We played in just under 4 hours. The bonus was the LUNCH was included with the round.....including one beer (if that is your pleasure). The food was great and fresh cooked or made.....not some box lunch. Not sure if lunch is always included, but it sure was nice. I would play here again and as the grasses grow in, the fairways should get better.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good layout, greens a little off.

We had a good day here, fairways and greens mostly good, layout was fine and we had good match going. Staff very friendly and 19th hole was good. Nice range. Fees very reasonable. Would return. As most other courses down here, they could use some rain.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Definitely play here

This is an amazing course. Staff is very friendly. Course condition is great. And the surrounding area is beautiful.

Play here when you have the chance. Worth every penny!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Nice Track

A very nice layout with water on several holes. Wide fairways but trees make it challenging. Very good value as it includes a very nice sandwich and drink at the turn

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Just good golf

This is a fair course with opportunities to score well but you can also get yourself in trouble if you are not careful. I like that the layout of the course makes you think about ball placement. The sand traps are strategically placed. The greens ran true and were well maintained. The fairways were in good shape. I like playing this course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good course

The good:

Rees Jones course. Really like the layout, no tricked up holes. Fairways and greens were in very good shape.

The bad:

Staff didn’t go out their way for anything. Clubhouse is overdue for an overhaul.

Our cart died on 15 and no one answered the phone to help. Fortunately a group behind had an extra cart and was nice to help out.

We paid $56 which was a good price.

I’d play again if the price was right.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Over Priced

Nice track that was enjoyable to play. The greens were fast and rolled true. The front 9 does not have paved cart paths. Course condition is what you'd expect for a public course but it's not worth $92.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 05/06/2021

They have a local rate. You say you live on the island. Incompetent consumer should be the review.

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Play again course

We continue to enjoy this course. The only issue we had was with some old ladies that refused to let us play through. We had to skip a hole to get around them.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course well designed

Course could be in better shape bare spots, cart paths need maintenance. Greens are fine, bunkers need more and better sand. Pace of play was better than other times.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 05/05/2021

Learn to hit the ball straight. Garbage review.

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Solid value, solid course

Good layout, great staff, well bunkered, numerous water hazards, great lunch and a drink were included- good deal!!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice Track with Engaging Layout

Maps app misdirected my route; don't turn until you see sign for golf course! Pro shop and starter super nice. Tee boxes accepted tees easily enough. Fairways have plenty of rolling surface changes to keep things interesting. Green side sand makes long errant approach shots a questionable decision. As a bogey golfer, I would choose layup over target. Greens rolled well. Very enjoyable layout. As a single and some open time I chose not to pair up. Played thru two groups. 3 hrs 20 minutes. Nice.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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