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2.9
Value
2.8
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.9
52.0%
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15 out of 20 reviews
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2.2
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Value
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Layout
4.0
Pace
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Amenities
3.3
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4.0
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Pace
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Amenities
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 7352 yards
Slope 143
Rating 75.5

Northern Bear Golf Club is one of only three Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses in Canada. The course is situated in Sherwood Park just outside of Edmonton. The layout has fast greens and undulating fairways that are lined with trees. The course offers many challenges including long fescue grass and five lakes that come into play on eleven holes. The most defining feature of the layout though, is the abundance and placement of the bunkers. There are well over 50 treacherously placed throughout. Although it is a formidable test, Northern Bear G.C. has five sets of tees ranging from 5,800 to 7,400 yards that make it more accessible for less advanced players

Course Details

Year Built 2002
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season May - October
Architect Jack Nicklaus (2002) Chet Williams (2002)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

3.3
20 Reviews (20)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 8
Undulating Greens 7
Water Hazards 7
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 7
A Weekend Splurge 6
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 7

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Reviews 43
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Very poor Condition

Although I played the course earlier this year it has gone downhill and is extremely bad condition. Many fairways are very hard and the rough is rock hard. Some greens have been partially re-sodded giving unfair bounces.
They really would be best to shut the course down immediately and give it a rest in the hopes of it returning next year or completely shut it down for a year.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Nicklaus Would Be Ashamed

I've wanted to play this course for years. The course is in terrible shape. Tee boxes and greens are horrendous, and the cart paths have huge pot holes. The cost to play does not reflect the conditions. Definitely poor value for the money.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

Poor Conditions

Our group found that the course was in poor condition. Not the same course without watering. Many many yellow and brown spots. Greens were fast but not well kept compared to other local public courses. Forward tee boxes are horrible and the white tee box has been over used. Would not recommend playing there this season. Surprised that the Bear name is still associated with the course under it's current conditions.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Way over priced

Decent course but the clubhouse is essentially the only great part. The grass was dead on most of the course and the greens were horrendous with many holes having giants chunks of dirt out. WAY overpriced for what you are getting. I thought it could be due to dry weather but we played Coal Creek the next day and it was in fantastic shape and $40 cheaper.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Never seems to be in great condition

Being from the area, I've long had a love-hate relationship with this course. I like the layout and challenges it presents but course conditions always seem to be sub-par. At time of this review,it was "ok" but if it will be in desperate need of moisture in the next week or two. Greens are visibly dry, fairways are patchy in spots. I feel like I overpaid just a little today. Great course for a first timer but approach with caution in a dry year.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful Course in the Edmonton Area

I try to play this course at least once a year. It is well groomed and maintained. The course depending on tee box is challenging but fair. The clubhouse is very rich with great food beverages and friendly staff. I recommend this course to anyone in the area..

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Best by far of the 6 I have played in May

Best condition by a large margin of the 4 premium public courses I have played. Only 2 greens that need a couple of weeks to grow. Tuesday morning played in 3 hr 10 min. Great beer and food. Who could ask for more b

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 30
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good test of golf

One of the best golf courses in Alberta. A good test of golf for all levels of player. The course condition is above average with a very friendly and professional staff. Would suggest this course is a must play when you are in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful Course

I had heard about Northern Bear, but hadn't had a chance to try it. I went on the Friday before the long weekend and it was perfect. I got in on the spring rate for $99 with cart. Course conditions were great although the bunkers were a bit firm. Some quite challenging holes, but none that were frustrating. Pace of play was great, but it was a Friday afternoon, so not a true test. Recommended.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Walked

Great Course

I have played the Northern Bear numerous times and always left with a smile. The course is in excellent shape (probably top 3 in Edmonton area). Staff have always treated me exceptional. The price is a little steep but for the course conditioning, challenge, pace of play and friendly staff, to me it is worth it. I will definitely be back in 2017.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Jack does it again!

A very well designed, well maintained course. Lots of water hazards and sand traps. The greens were very large with a fair amount of break. Putts rolled smoothly. The course was in great shape. The starter/marshal was very friendly. The 19th hole had an upscale sports bar feel to it. Breakfast was delicious at a reasonable price.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Poor weather
Used cart

Great Time

I couldn't find any friends to go golfing with this morning, so I decided to go out by myself, and try a new course. First off they offered at $79 fee (cart included) because the weather was windy and rainy so I suppose they were trying to get people to come out, as their regular Friday-Sunday fee is $129 (which is steep for the course but $79 was a good deal). There was only two other people on the course when I arrived so naturally I had an excellent pace of play. Every hole has a high risk, high reward play - which I went high risk and that definitely cost me a couple strokes on some holes. The bunker placement was challenging, and the water placement was nice. The greens and fairways were in good shape, everything played slow due to the rain, but I would imagine the greens are fast when the weather is good. Staff were extremely professional and friendly. I had to use all my will power to not go back inside when I was done to pay for another round.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Don't waste your money,

Cart path only because of a lack of water for fairways, again. Greens over watered, damage easily, almost un-puttable. Fairways terrible, too long...lower the mower, Bunkers a joke, more gravel than sand. Ran out of balls on the range, apparently the picker was out of fuel! Cart paths falling apart. They are so hungry for revenue that they over book, 5 hour round would be minimum. They group behind us were just as angry and kept hitting into us, so we quit after 9 holes.

This can be all yours for $130 on the weekend,

Highlight of the day, the staff were smiling as they gave my money back.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Like it!

So many people complain about the cart path only. Its not their fault. The weather has been bad,hardly any rain. If you don't like the cart path only,then just walk. Get some exercise. The course is very beautiful. Great fairways. Driving Range is great! The staff is very friendly. The food is amazing. Recommended it to anyone!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 227
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Alberta Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Northern Bear GC

This is a good Nicklaus design winding through the woods south east of Edmonton. Like all Nicklaus courses it is blessed with exceptional bunkering, huge rolling greens that are a pleasure to putt on. Three strong Par 3's, great risk/reward Par 5's. and challenging Par 4's. There is little reason for golfers not to enjoy this Nicklaus course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Always an adventure.

I do not play this course well but always enjoy it. It is in great condition, a tee box for all levels of golfers, just wish people would play from the proper tees. Our foursome played in under 4 hours. One of these times I will drive straight and really enjoy the game. Will play again in a month or so.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Annual member

You cannot complain too much about the course. 2014 conditions were the best in years as a annual member, however value from restraint staff and food as well as on course were well below a course of this caliber. Food was poor, service below expected value and cart service was very poor for a hot day. But the golf was awesome! You will never see someone cutting grass around you. It's well recommended

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Best in Area / Private or Public

Outstanding layout in serene surroundings. Signature Jack Nicklaus course in gorgeous Strathcona county. Every hole is fresh and challenging, by the end you want to play them all again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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