Bear Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA | GolfPass
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4.1
679 Reviews (679)
5 Stars
241
4 Stars
314
3 Stars
90
2 Stars
17
1 Stars
17
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.2
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.7
88.6%
Recommend this course
591 out of 679 reviews
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4.1
143 Reviews (143)
5 Stars
50
4 Stars
64
3 Stars
25
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.2
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.3
88.8%
Recommend this course
127 out of 143 reviews
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4.2
174 Reviews (174)
5 Stars
65
4 Stars
76
3 Stars
29
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.2
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.3
89.1%
Recommend this course
155 out of 174 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

4.1
679 Reviews (679)

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 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great Shape

The course was in great shape! I was expecting burnt greens due to the extreme heat, but the course was in excellent condition!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent Value

A very professional layout,, the staff was so genuinely friendly, it was great. We were even given a free lunch after the round!! Kind of a hidden treasure for the money!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Father & Son Golf

Liked the course a lot. I have a natural draw and the "dogleg rights" forced me to use my hybrid and 3 wood...that is a good thing.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Needs love

Course definitely needs investment. Weeds and limited sand traps need attention

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course, disappointing conditions

The course seems like a great layout. The greens were in good shape. The traps, a prominent hazard, were often shallow and not been raked. I finally resorted to taking a drop from them. Most holes were unique, in feel from one another.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 49
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Georgia Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

The Shaggy Bear

Bear Creek is a fun course on HHI. Tee to green the course is in great shape. Off the fairway though and you can find yourself in some deep stuff, and not always fair. (5' off fairway, and it's 4' rough because they didn't mow around a tree?) Helpful starter - and lunch included!

Course is kind of similar: tough par-3s, par-5 doglegs with more yardage after the turn, and most every par-4 a dogleg with multiple cross bunkers at the turn. Greens were in good shape. Limited water on the course and no drink cart. Great value compare to other on-island courses. Play the Bear!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 35
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Good bones…needs some tlc

Check in easy. Pro shop friendly. No starter at 2:30. Started close to on time. Pace of play was ok with the round completed in 4:15.. Have played this course in the past and was a little disappointed with the conditioning. Layout is good but the course needs a lot of help with the bunkers. Practically no sand in bunkers and no maintenance of them as well. Fairways good but trees need trimming on several holes as several tee shots had narrow lines. Seems that maintenance is understaffed as small items such as trimming around bunkers and tees is being neglected. Too bad…good bones.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart

What course are these other people reviewing?

If you come to Hilton Head to golf, spend the extra money and go elsewhere. I only wish I could post the picture of the driving range i took. I should have known by the condition of the proshop, staff, and driving range, I was in for trouble. If this is what you see when you pull up to the course, imagine what you dont see until your already on the course.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging layout. Greens were little slow. Shot making at a premium. Definitely need to shape your shots for a great score. Fun course

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Coarse Review

Coarse is in excellent shape. People are very friendly. The pace of play needs some work. Took ( hours to play a round of golf. I played 1& holes in 3 hours and 10 minutes thus past Friday at another coarse.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very nice course

Tee boxes, fairways well-maintained. Greens aerated about 2 weeks prior to our play date, but were in playable shape. Only real downside was that the sand traps were hard-packed from hard rain the day before, and the 2 impatient old f@rts that both hit into my wife while we were on the fairway (we were stuck behind a foursome).
Would definitely play again prior to, or after, June once greens heal back up.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Greens just aerated greens

Bear creek is a very nice course. By my own error and failure we ended up playing on newly aerated greens.
When I leave a revue - I want to leave a fair and accurate description. Attempting to leave a fair revue of this course in the condition we played would not be fair or accurate.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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