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Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

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  • Summer
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Winter Activities

  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Ice Skating
  • Skiing & Snowboarding
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Indoor Water Playground
  • Winter Microbrew Festival
  • Indoor Golf

Spring Activities

  • Sunday Brunch in Aerie Restaurant
  • Traverse City Hunting & Fishing Expo
  • Spring Sip 'n Savor Wine Event
  • Bayshore Marathon
  • Old Mission Blossom Days Wine Event
  • Traverse City Shopping Spree
  • Self-Guided Foodie Tour
  • Dennos Museum Center
  • Indoor Tennis
  • Gaming at Turtle Creek Casino

Summer Activities

  • Swimming at the Beach Club
  • Visit Sleeping Bear Dunes
  • Elk Rapids Harbor Days
  • Watersport Rentals at the Beach Club
  • 54-Holes of Championship Golf
  • Ice cream at Dylan's Candy Bar
  • Summer Microbrew Festival
  • Fishing
  • National Cherry Festival
  • Traverse City Film Festival

Fall Activities

  • Scenic Fall Golf
  • Detroit Red Wings Training Camp
  • Fall Tennis
  • Bike the TART Trail
  • Take a Spa-cation
  • Microbrew Tour
  • Group Wine Tour
  • Iceman Cometh Mountain Bike Race
  • Fall Color Tour
  • Sunset Dining in Aerie

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The Bear

“On some courses people have trouble remembering holes but not on the bear. Every hole is different and you can’t play defensive or The Bear will kill you. It claws back.”

- Scott Hebert, Head Golf Pro at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

The Bear is closed for the season.

Welcome to The Bear, every bit the bruin it was when Jack Nicklaus first unleashed the course on June 17, 1985. Celebrated as not only the toughest 18 holes in Michigan, The Bear was ranked as the 18th toughest course in America, according to Golf Digest. Nicklaus’ signature design features Scottish terraced fairways, tiered greens, deep grassy roughs, moguls and mounds and deep pot bunkers. With rolling land, trees, lakes and streams, fruit orchards and a variety of wildlife, you have a mixture of different features that people will see in different places - but rarely on one course.

Proud to bear the name

The Bear Golf Course name is a tribute to its designer, Jack Nicklaus, whose trademark blonde hair earned him the nickname, “the Golden Bear.” Born in 1940, Jack Nicklaus is a legend both as a player and a course designer. His competitive career spanned five decades, including 18 professional major championship titles. He is the only player in history to have won each of the game’s majors at least three times, and is the only player to have completed the career “Grand Slam” on both the regular and senior tours.

Black Tees Blue Tees White Tees Red Tees
Yardage 7,078 6,618 6,129 5,281
USGA Rating 76.3 73.2 71.2 73.4
USGA Slope 148 144 140 139
Par 72 72 72 72
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