A view of a green protected by bunkers at Golden Bear Golf Club - Indigo Run
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4.1
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Stars
45
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.1
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.8
87.7%
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4.2
382 Reviews (382)
5 Stars
153
4 Stars
166
3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Stars
4
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.1
Layout
4.5
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.3
88.7%
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4.1
649 Reviews (649)
5 Stars
247
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.0
Value
4.0
Layout
4.4
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.3
86.4%
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Woodland
Par 72
Length 7014 yards
Slope 132
Rating 73.7

Jack Nicklaus designed the golf course at the Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run. The 18-hole, public course is touted as having one of the best layouts in the area. The par-72 course offers 7,014 yards of challenging and fun golf. Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run's design emphasizes strategy rather than power. Sand and water hazards add interest to the course. In addition to providing a great game of golf, the course also has picturesque scenery with the many oaks and pines that snake though the course. It has been named one of America's Top 100 Courses priced under $100.

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Course Details

Year Built 1993
Golf Season Year round
Architect Nicklaus (1993) Bruce Borland (1993)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS ParView GPS Full Color System on

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Collared shirts are required. Shorts must be Bermuda-length. Tennis shoes are allowed.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Available Sports

Tennis

Reviews

4.1
2591 Reviews (2591)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 42
Patio Dining 13
Brunch 12
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 106
Water Hazards 98
Narrow Fairways 51
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 66
Locals 57
Seniors 51
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 61
Near Local Attractions 37
At a Resort 33

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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
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4.0
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First Time Playing

Good time / course

Nice course layout and what you would expect from a Nicklaus design. The staff was very polite and friendly. Since we were only a two-some, they let us go I. Front of a four-some to allow food spacing.

The course has just come through aeration, so the greens were a little slow and bouncy. Otherwise than that, I would like to place the course again once it comes back in to shape.

Definitely a great value and course!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
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First Time Playing

Slow play

Course overall was ok. The layout is poor. Should have used some of the lakes and water ways better into the holes. Took over 5 hours to play and no one was out to push play.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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The starter and maintenance crew were nice. Clubhouse and staff at bagdrop were rude.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Walked
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 06/29/2022

We would love to hear more about your positive experience on our course. Please contact us to share your favorite part of your experience and what we can do to earn that last star! Thanks for golfing at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run!

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Loved the layout-conditions not so much

When the Pro shop doesn't even greet you when checking in, you get the feeling that you should have gone elsewhere. We made the best of our round, but feel when a course has aerated the greens, guests should be made aware of this ahead of time. Some courses even give a discounted rate! The course itself is beautiful and well laid out, but conditions left much to be desired.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 06/28/2022

Thank you for taking the time to review us, and for the 3 stars. We're sorry to hear the course may not have been in the best shape on the day of your round. We appreciate your feedback as we work to make any necessary improvements. Thank you for choosing to golf with us, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bob’s review

We threw the course a curveball when we showed up with our own foursome after reserving tee times for 3 people. That sent the clerk into a tizzy and he made it known how difficult it was going to be because they had already added a single to our group. We had a 9:36 start. The only thing he had to do was move us to 9:44 AM and include the single with whom ever was in the 944 group that was now going to tee off eight minutes earlier. There were no others scheduled after us as it was a hot day and the course was recently aerated (two days earlier). I asked whether or not the greens were going to be OK and was told that there was going to be sand on them. That was true but we still found them to be reasonably smooth on those slow.. The starter had told us that it should not be any kind of a problem but the clerk who had to now I just are method of payment was still peevish and grumpy. if he had been decent about it, instead of making us feel as though we should exclude a family member, he would have received a tip for having to make adjustments. Instead, we left without purchasing anything in the pro shop. Later, though; my grandsons did find a golf ball sale that they could not pass up. When we finished there was no one to unload the cart. So, for an undiscounted rate, we were put off a little by the staffs unfriendliness. On the other hand the course was very interesting and challenged our skill level .

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/27/2022

Thank you for taking the time to review the course. We're troubled to hear that you had an unpleasant interaction with one of our staff members. We'd like to extend an apology for this and we look forward to welcoming you back to our course soon. Thanks for choosing Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Some additional amenities

Overall experience was very good.
Rental club prices a bit higher than some surrounding courses.
Suggestion: please provide courtesy towels to help keep
Rental clubs clean during play.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/27/2022

Thanks so much for your review. We're glad that you had an overall good experience at the club! We'll pass your feedback on to the team here. We hope to see you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/27/2022

We would love to hear more about your positive experience on our course. Please contact us to share your favorite part of your experience and what we can do to earn that last star! Thanks for golfing at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run!

Played On
Reviews 7
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 06/27/2022

We love hearing about our golfers' experiences. Please tell us more about what you enjoyed during your round. Thanks for choosing Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run!

Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/27/2022

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run!

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/24/2022

We would love to hear more about your 4-star experience on our course. Please tell us what we can do to earn that last star, and thanks for golfing at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run!

Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/24/2022

We would love to hear more about your 4-star experience on our course. Please tell us what we can do to earn that last star, and thanks for golfing at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run!

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/22/2022

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave an excellent rating! We really appreciate your business. Please let us know what we can do for you in the future to earn that last star!

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Excellent condition, with helpful staff

Golden Bear was in great shape, as usual. Always in better condition than a lot of other courses on Hilton Head Island. There was even a Marshall that drove around and helped keep up the pace of play; something that is rarely seen. The staff was friendly and helpful, from the Marshall, Cart Girl, Bartender, Office staff. The greens were excellent. Fairways perfect. Really good design, too.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 06/22/2022

We are so happy you enjoyed your round! We look forward to seeing you again soon at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Golden Time at the Golden Bear

Great course. We enjoyed it. Lot's of water, woods and heat. It was hot when we played.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 06/27/2022

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We appreciate your kind words and we hope you'll join us for another round soon! :)

Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

Disappointing Round

We were excited to replay this course after seeing it in great shape this winter, but we were severely disappointed. From tee to green, it was in poor shape with scruffy tee boxes, patchy fairways that were poorly mowed with clumps of grass and unevenly mowed areas and greens that were aerated but also in awful shape before they were punched. The staff ranged from indifferent to rude. There was a “starter” who was ally only there to check people off, but he had groups running 12-15 minutes late at 8:30 a.m. then, on the fifth hole, a ranger drove up to us and told us we were running 10 minutes behind our scheduled tee time. We explained that we were sent off late, and the group behind us had not waited on us the entire day. He gruffly said we had to pick it up or he’d have us skip holes (again, we were a foursome that was playing at a good pace and not at all slow). He then pointed out we’d naturally be slow because we had a junior golfer. It happens that the junior golfer is a mid-handicap player who has won 10-12 year old tournaments, so he is not an issue. We had really liked the course in the winter, so it has promise, but between the conditions, staff and price ($125) that is out of line with other courses of its type, we would be hard-pressed the return.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 06/23/2022

Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve and are working diligently to improve the course. We'd like to hear more details about the interaction you had with our staff. Please reach out to the Pro Shop to provide additional information so we can make improvements. We are always thrilled to welcome junior golfers to our course - and we hope you'll all join us for another round again soon with improved conditions and an improved experience.

Played On
Reviews 17
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful Course

Started late so it was hot but not crowded. Will be back.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/22/2022

We are so happy you enjoyed your round! We look forward to seeing you again soon at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

Tee times every 8 minutes = slow round

Nice layout, ok condition, slow, slow, slow play. Quit after 14 holes due to slow play. Also started 25 minutes after tee time due to slow play right from the first tee. Response from “ranger” sometimes it just plays slow!

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 06/22/2022

We apologize for the pace of play issue you experienced. We always try to keep a great pace when having our golfers on the course. Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback as we will use your review to better the experience going forward. We hope you give us another try in the near future!

Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

Poor conditions & service

We were excited to return to the course after having a great experience here in December, but we were wildly disappointed. The condition of the course is very bad, at least right now. From tee to green, there are issues all over the place. Tea boxes are very patchy and do not seem to be growing properly. Fairways are exactly the same if not Morse. The mowing on the fairways was poor where you could see large clumps of mowed grass, areas that were bare and other areas where the mower had cut with an in level blade. The greens were not immune to problems and had been burnt out, had patchy areas and rolled very inconsistently.

The staff at the pro shop and start were unfriendly at best. We tees off 15 minutes late, and then on the sixth hole, an overbearing ranger came to tell us we were behind (had not had a group wait on yet). We explained that we were sent off the tee quite late when he said we were 10 minutes off pace from our SCHEDULED tee time, but he said it was our fault and then said we had to play fast particularly because we had a junior with us. Was really out off by this generalization because the junior is a 17 hdcp as an 11 year old and is definitely not slow. The ranger then stalked us twice more on the front nine despite there not being a group in sight behind us.

The price is higher than many courses on the island and not worth it in its current shape. Would absolutely not recommend.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/22/2022

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. Your feedback helps us do better. We are looking into this issue and hope to resolve it promptly. Thank you for visiting. We hope you'll give us another try in the future.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Went back to the Bear

I played this course 2yrs ago and was very disappointed in the up keep of the greens and tee boxes. Let me say I’m very impressed with this course. The greens are in great shape. The fairways tight. The tee boxes are growing in. My only concern would be the snack bar. The guy at the counter was awesome. Very friendly. I will tell you that our tee time was 744am. So getting a breakfast sandwich was out of the question. We made the turn in 2hrs. Being on vacation (it was 12 o’clock somewhere), just not here. No hotdogs, no one at the bar. Had to use cooler in pro shop. Our lunch was crackers. I’m sure if you play later in the day it will be attended to. But highly recommend playing.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 06/22/2022

Thank you so much for your feedback. We are glad you had enjoyed your time at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run, and pride ourselves on delivering the best experience possible.

We hope to see you again soon!

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