Grand Bear Golf Course - no. 18
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Grand Bear Golf Course - no. 18
Grand Bear in Saucier, Miss., hosted one of the pro-ams for the Champions Tour's Mississippi Gulf Resorts Classic. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Bear G.C. - 1st
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Grand Bear G.C. - 1st
Grand Bear in Saucier, Mississippi greets players gently with the 17th handicap hole on the course, the par-4 first. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Bear Golf Course - no. 4
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Grand Bear Golf Course - no. 4
A couple of native areas cross the fairway on the par-4 fourth at Grand Bear Golf Course in Saucier, Miss. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Bear G.C. - 7th
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Grand Bear G.C. - 7th
The par-3 seventh at Grand Bear Golf Course is just 179 yards from the tips, but its multi-tiered green makes it anything but easy. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Bear Golf Course - no. 9
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Grand Bear Golf Course - no. 9
Like the 18th, the par-4 ninth winds up at Grand Bear Golf Course's elaborate clubhouse. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Bear G.C. - 12th
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Grand Bear G.C. - 12th
The 458-yard, par-4 12th is one of the most difficult holes on the back nine at Grand Bear G.C. near Biloxi. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Bear Golf Course - no. 13
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Grand Bear Golf Course - no. 13
Big hitters can can get close to the green on the short par-4 13th at Grand Bear Golf Course in Saucier, Miss. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Bear G.C. - 14th
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Grand Bear G.C. - 14th
The par-3 14th at Grand Bear Golf Course plays over water. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Bear Golf Course - no. 15
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Grand Bear Golf Course - no. 15
Big bunkers guard the end of the par-5 15th at Grand Bear Golf Course in Saucier, Mississippi. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Bear G.C. - 16th
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Grand Bear G.C. - 16th
There are lots of pin-placement options on the green of the par-4 16th at Grand Bear Golf Course near Biloxi. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Bear Golf Course - 18th hole
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Grand Bear Golf Course - 18th hole
The 448-yard, par-4 finishing hole is the no. 2 handicap hole at Grand Bear Golf Course in Saucier, Miss. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Grand Bear on the Mississippi coast is one of the Golden Bear's most enjoyable golf courses

SAUCIER, Miss. -- Grand Bear Golf Course, a semiprivate golf course that also serves as an aminity Harrah's Gulf Coast Casino Hotel & Spa, is simply one of the most enjoyable Jack Nicklaus designs you'll ever play.

The fairways are generous, the greens are beautifully sculpted and the bunkering, while not easy, frames the holes well. Plus, it's carved out of natural forest and wetlands that give each hole a unique and memorable look. The course can play as long as 7,224 yards or as short as 4,802 yards from the Teddy Bear tees, perfect for juniors or shorter hitters.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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