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4.3
385 Reviews (385)
5 Stars
248
4 Stars
94
3 Stars
28
2 Stars
13
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.0
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
89.3%
Recommend this course
359 out of 385 reviews
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3.6
8 Reviews (8)
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
3
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2
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0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.8
Value
2.9
Layout
4.6
Pace
2.7
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.3
75.0%
Recommend this course
6 out of 8 reviews
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4.4
21 Reviews (21)
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
5
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0
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1
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.0
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.6
90.5%
Recommend this course
19 out of 21 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 7279 yards
Slope 141
Rating 74.6

The King & Bear Course at World Golf Village is named for its designers, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. It is the first and only collaboration between the two legendary golfers. Combining the contrasting styles of the two designers created a challenging course that incorporates features from both traditional Scottish-links courses and new traditions in American golf. The course is known for the numerous lakes bordered by large coquina rock that come into play throughout. The front nine is dotted with loblolly pines while decades-old oak trees provide shade for the back nine. In addition to King & Bear, World Golf Village also offers another excellent 18-hole course, Slammer & Squire.

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Course Details

Year Built 2000
Fairways 419 Bermuda Grass
Greens 419 Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round. Peak Season: Mid-February - May
Architect Arnold Palmer (2000) Jack Nicklaus (2000) Ed Seay (2000) MacCurrach Golf (2017) Nicklaus (2017) Bruce Borland Jim Lipe

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fee
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Jacuzzi

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Available Sports

Tennis

Accolades

Reviews

4.3
385 Reviews (385)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 37
Brunch 19
Dinner 15
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 74
Bunkers 71
Undulating Greens 47
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 54
A Weekend Splurge 44
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 43
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 42
At a Resort 35
Near Local Attractions 35

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5.0
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Hot weather
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Great Course

Top notch place to golf. Friendly staff and course is in great condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Good Track

Course was in great shape for this time of year, greens were rolling 10ish. Would have given 5 stars but pace or play I was almost unbearable. Should not take 5 hours to play golf in carts. On course rangers there are useless. Group in front of us was at least 2 holes behind.

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

Trouble with golfpass pricing vs course pricing.

Paid more at the golf course than golf pass said on receipt. They said they didn’t like dealing with golfpass. Problems with software or something. Took awhile to get checked in.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Nowhere near worth $200

Course was in pretty good shape, but not what you expect for $220. Layout has nothing memorable about it. The round took 5.5 hours. They have lots of marshalls on the course, but none that will do anything about pace of play. The restaurant is a joke in every way. You would think with the price of the course, they would have better staff and better food in their restaurant.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 2
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Plays A few times a week
1.0
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First Time Playing

Disappointing Experience at a great course

Course was very dry and hard. Was not able to take a divot with any shot. Sand traps were hard and greens were sanded. When I booked this round for 2 people we were not notified of any of this.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 254
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Arnie + Jack = solid resort golf

The attraction of playing a golf course designed by Arnold Palmer *and* Jack Nicklaus is obvious, and marketable. While I'm not sure it produced a golf course far and away better than either golf legend's crew could have built individually, it is definitely a pleasant resort golf experience.

Most importantly, King & Bear won't beat you up too badly as long as you play the proper tees. The fairways are pretty generous and the greens are on the larger side, though they are due for resurfacing, which should enlarge them and incorporate some helping contours that have fallen out of use in recent years. The fall-away first green sets a positive tone, and other highlights include the par-5 5th and 8th holes, as well as the short par-3 11th and tempting par-4 15th, a favorite of Palmer's.

Visitors to World Golf Village seldom leave without playing both the King & Bear and Slammer & Squire layouts. While I prefer the latter, I would not turn down another chance at the former.

Conditions Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good but not great

Course was in great shape except for a few greens that were VERY sub par for this price point of course. The pace of play was very poor. We waited on every hole to tee off and yet there was no push by the ranger at all. A little financial reprieve for the local players would really be appreciated.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Love the layout, green condition leave a lot to be desired!

Most greens were pock marked with old ball marks and old hole locations which were not healed. Love the course and hate to demean it, but that was how I found it!

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Florida golf in February at its best!

Could not be happier with the layout, conditions, and friendliness of the staff. A true challenge with plenty of scoring opportunities. Will be back if I have the chance.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

The Kings of Golf

What an amazing place! First rate experience from the moment we rolled up to the bag drop to the end of the round. Great practice facility with range, elevated chipping green and large putting green. Starter was friendly and attentive keeping us posted before the round and escorting us to the first tee. Got to play with a couple members which was extremely helpful. Conditions were pristine. The layout and materials used around the course are beautiful. Great pro shop with a large selection of apparel. A must play in the Jax area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 88
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very Nice Layout - Fast Greens

Nice Course, Greens are fast & roll very true. Approach shots are important to stay on the right side of the Flag.. would play again

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 43
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

King & Bear GC 4 thumbs up

Course was pristine and weather was gorgeous! Greens and fairways were firm and fast, and we all really enjoyed the experience here at World Golf Village.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Amazing Golf Day

We played at the King and The Bear and found this course to be in fantastic shape.
The fairways were wide open and very forgiving for our husbands slices. For the women not having many water hazards was a blessing.
A very fun day of play prior to heading to golf school on Jekyll Island

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 51
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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