Bear Creek Golf Complex - Bear Course in Chandler, Arizona, USA | GolfPass
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3.7
1298 Reviews (1298)
5 Stars
245
4 Stars
620
3 Stars
288
2 Stars
89
1 Stars
56
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.8
Layout
3.9
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.8
79.5%
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1046 out of 1298 reviews
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3.8
118 Reviews (118)
5 Stars
24
4 Stars
63
3 Stars
19
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.8
Value
3.7
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.2
80.5%
Recommend this course
95 out of 118 reviews
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3.9
224 Reviews (224)
5 Stars
54
4 Stars
112
3 Stars
40
2 Stars
11
1 Stars
7
Conditions
3.9
Value
3.9
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.3
83.9%
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188 out of 224 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Links
Par 71
Length 6825 yards
Slope 122
Rating 71.6

The Bear Course is one of two courses at the Bear Creek Golf Complex; it is a championship-length course while the other, the Cub Course, is an executive length course. The Bear Course is an inland, links-style course with rolling fairways and well-manicured greens. Strategically placed bunkers situated throughout the course add some challenge to the course. A round of golf on this course can be played in less than four hours. The Bear Creek Golf Complex, in addition to the two courses, also offers a full grass driving range, two putting greens, and a short game area with a bunker.

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Course Details

Year Built 2000
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round. High Season: January - April
Architect Bill O'Leary Nicklaus (2000)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code No tank tops or cutoffs.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

3.7
1298 Reviews (1298)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 62
Patio Dining 33
Brunch 22
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 79
Undulating Greens 49
Water Hazards 45
This course/club is great for:
Locals 82
Seniors 64
Advanced Golfers 48
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 58
Convenient to the City 52
In the 'Burbs 52

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Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Average
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Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
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Plays Once a week
3.0
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First Time Playing

Fun, but needs work.

Had a good round in the heat. They didn’t keep ice in the coolers, greens had been aerated recently( which I understand). Club house food took almost an hour for a BLT. The landscape around the course is not very pleasing to the eye.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Course was a fun layout.The greens were a little
Bumpy and could be a little faster.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 106
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
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Fun course, bad manners

We arrived at the first tee 2 minutes before our tee time. Our 4th dropped out, so when the starter told us we needed to wait for the 4th, we were confused. He very rudely informed us a 4th would be joining us, which is fine, just very unfriendly how he said it. The group in front of us must have been sent out early, never saw them, even from the first tee. By the 4th hole, the Marshall is asking us why we're so far behind? We informed him that we aren't, the group behind us was always on the previous holes green while we were on our green. He literally followed us around the course for 3 holes. Our round was over in less than 4 hours. No reason for such rude behavior from the on course staff. The ladies in the pro shop and clubhouse were very nice.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 45
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Course was in good shape. Green’s were a little slow. As they were punched about a week ago. Over all I will play again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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2.0
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Reviews 20
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

Mud Tee Boxes & Slow Greens

I think the title of the review says it all. If you like teeing off on bare, muddy tee boxes and putting on slow greens, this is you track. The fairways were in pretty good shape considering the sad shape of the rest of the course. This used to be, and could be one of the better courses in the east valley...but, it is not. I suspect they aren't too concerned with the local players during the summer months, and would rather cater to the "winter visitors" when they arrive a few months from now. Pretty standard mentality for many of the sub-par courses around the valley, including this one. If you play this course over the summer months, bring two things with you...something to clean your shoes of the all the mud, and finally, a very, very low set of expectations.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

SMH

Where to start? $40 for the course was not awful. The staff/starters however were. When we walk up to the shop, there were 3 workers standing by the carts. One individual was greeting guests and loading bags, the other 2 looked like they had been hungover from the night before and just stood around. Upon loading our own bags and having to ask which carts were available, we headed to the pro shop. At that point, they had stated they had a full day of tee times booked but NO beverage cart. On a 105 degree day AND the 4th of July, you would think this would be a no brainer. Apparently they based their beverage cart schedule on last years tee times? Weird. We get to the 1st tee within 5 minutes remaining until our tee time. Our 4th had been running late and the starter was sure to let us hear about it (eventually lightly hit the 4th with his clipboard??). After I let him know we were aware he would have to be driven out to the 2nd hole, the starter continued to talk to us like this was our first ever round. Don't drive in the desert and don't hit out of the desert. Respectable rules if more than half of their course wasn't dried out and naturally surrounded by desert. By hole 4, we had been waiting for the group in front of us. We were finishing up on the green when the marshal came up to ask us what was taking so long. We simply looked ahead to show him the group was on the green on the par 3 ahead and couldn't move any faster. They left us alone and the pace picked up slightly to keep us on track for a 4 hour round. At the turn we had to go out of our way to grab some refreshments from the bar, tee'd off on hole 10, a guy in our group put it on the fairway to the left, driving on our fairway, we had a tough time finding the ball so we quickly found a flat desert area to cross over to the opposite fairway. We found his ball, quickly played it and safely crossed back over to our hole. Here comes the marshal, you would've thought we were drifting on the green with the attitude he came with. He was sure to remind of us of the rules, I kindly stated "easy enough, was a one off situation as we couldn't find his ball from our fairway", the marshal said some snarky comment and drove off to hangout with the other 2 marshals who had been sitting around since we started on hole 1. We finished our round at the 4 hour mark, unloaded our bags and got out of there. Have had hesitancy playing here in the past as the course is beat up, the tee boxes have divots like no other, each fairway has half of it dried up and looking like the deserts they are so keen on us avoiding. All the meanwhile there is duct tape on every last cart they have. All in all, if you are a beginner looking for understanding or guidance from marshals/staff don't go here because the marshals act as if they work at a top flite course. If you are intermediate golfer looking for a cheaper round and can ignore these employees, go for it. I personally won't be back, again I had avoided this course before due to the conditions, however poor and rude staff puts the cherry on top. Rules are obvious when it comes to this game. But with the attitude and poor effort from the minute we got their to the end of the round was atrocious. Have some self awareness that you work at a beginners course, duct tape on your golf carts and take a look at the condition of your track. To not have any patience or understanding is unbelievable and laughable. Had their Marshals been normal and they had a beverage cart out, this could've easily been a 3/3.5 star review which is right on par for their norm.
Courses I recommend within the same price point with much better conditions/staff.
-Western Skies
-Springfield (Executive)
-Lone Tree
-Dobson Ranch

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 07/09/2022

Thank you for sharing your feedback. We do apologize if our staff was less than welcoming. We will make sure to share your comments with them and remind the team of our guest services standards.
We do know that a beverage cart did come out later on in the morning but it sounds like she never caught up to your group?
Rest assured the courses continue to improve and we are all going through our summer transition. Our grounds crew works very hard to ensure the courses are playable every day.
Thank you for sharing your comments and we hope you'll give Bear Creek another chance in the furture.

Played On
Reviews 17
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

No cart person browning up

Some really bad tee boxes and hole 3 the par 5 has patches of dead area everywhere. Several holes are in bad shape. Greens though rolled true and were in descent shape

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 33
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 33
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 26
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 10
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Lightning

No lightning in site but was told to leave the course…not very nicely I might adde

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Just enjoy playing here

Great value for the money. The course is in very good condition considering time of year. The fairways are all basically green with very few dead spots. The greens are fine. The tee boxes are a bit beat up but I can live with that. It's a forgiving course that even a mid high handicapper like me, 16 index, can feel some success but still have it be a challenge. I also like the driving range, chipping areas and large putting green for practice times. And a cold one on the patio afterwards is very pleasant.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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