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4.5
48 Reviews (48)
5 Stars
33
4 Stars
5
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.5
86.0%
Recommend this course
41 out of 48 reviews
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4.4
12 Reviews (12)
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
1
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.1
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.2
83.3%
Recommend this course
10 out of 12 reviews
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4.6
18 Reviews (18)
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.4
88.9%
Recommend this course
16 out of 18 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Links
Par 72
Length 7078 yards
Slope 150
Rating 76.1
Book a Tee Time at
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa - Bear
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Course Details

Year Built 1985
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/15 Closed: 10/31
Architect Jack Nicklaus (1985) Thomas Pearson (1985)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Slacks, shorts and collared shirts are permitted. Denim, tee shirts and cut off shorts are not allowed.

Available Facilities

Banquet Facilities, Spa

Available Activities

Swimming

Reviews

4.5
48 Reviews (48)
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Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The Bear is awesome!

I live near the Bear course, but had never played it before. I always thought it was too expensive. Then I got a deal on tee off .com and went to play with a friend. It’s a great course. Very fun to play. Challenging but not intimidating.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 23
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course if you get a deal on golfnow

It's not worth the $150 they charge during peak times, but $75 in the fall on golfnow is great. Definitely a course you should try to play when you're in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Course… But Don’t Pay Full Boat

This is a challenging course. Every hole has a layout that makes you think. With a few exceptions, water, bunkers, or mounds come into play. The layout is really wonderful and during twilight or early morning hours the course almost glows with color. During spring, apple and cherry blossoms are visible on some holes. If you play during peak summer, this course can cost over $150 for 18. In my opinion, it’s not a $150 course, especially given the many other great courses in the area. But if you can play it for between $60-$100, it’s well worth it if you enjoy a challenge.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fun Day

A really great course will not have gas carts. They have gas carts here. The course is quite difficult, but fair. Some of the greens would not hold a shot, while a couple others stopped short. All in all, a really fun track with lots of challenges and in good condition,.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Over priced

Pace of play very slow . Course overall conditions fair. Greens and bunkers need work

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

The Bear 2022

First time playing the Bear in 20+ years. Not as formidable as I remember, but still a challenge. Fast greens and a normal number of unprepared divots that you'd expect for a heavily trafficked resort course. Marshalls did a good job moving folks along.

Golf Now special price was phenomenal!

Overall, a fun time. Only complaint was the lack of any drinking water jugs throughout the course. In peak summer, this is inexcusable.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 26
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Most beautiful course I’ve played in Michigan

OMG. First time playing THE BEAR. I WILL BE BACK.. This is my 2nd favorite course that I’ve ever played…..I had an epic time. The greens were lightning, the approach shot views were unparalleled, the staff go the extra mile, the course layout incredible. Course conditions were perfect. The Bear lives up to its reputation as a very difficult course but it is an amazing experience. Requires Very tactical approach to each hole.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 147
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
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 10
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 23
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 23
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 35
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Blue Angles over the bay & Fast Greens oh my!

Great course, take a few lessons on putting first!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Longest and worst round in 50 years

Course is very nice but the management of the course is terrible it took 2 of us with cart 7hr talk to staff about pace of play and told o well we have 750 tee times today I feel all they care about is $$ so overbooked I will never go back look at price and you expect a better run course.do not go

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

Fun day

Great golf course...the Bear. Beautiful and challenging..
Though the pace of play was very slow, we enjoyed the beauty of the course and took lots of pictures in between shots waitin.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The Bear

They put tee times 10 minutes apart so ny the time I reached the 5th hole there were 3 groups waiting. I quit after 9 holes. Would have been a 5 hour round.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
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