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The Bear

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The Bear

Play One of Michigan's Top Golf Courses

Welcome to The Bear, every bit the animal it was when Jack Nicklaus first unleashed the course on June 17, 1985. Celebrated as one of the toughest 18 holes in Michigan, The Bear was ranked as the 18th toughest course in America, according to Golf Digest. This beautiful course offers the best of Traverse City golf and regularly stands out as a top golf course in Michigan.

Nicklaus' signature design features Scottish terraced fairways, tiered greens, deep grassy roughs, moguls and mounds, and deep pot bunkers. With rolling land, trees, lakes, streams, fruit orchards, and a variety of wildlife, The Bear features a mixture of different elements golfers rarely see on one course. This is northern Michigan golf at its finest.

The Bear is closed for the 2023 season.

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Proud to Bear the Name

The Bear's 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.

A Round So
Perfect,

Even the Fairways are
Green With Envy.

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Bear Course with Tower
Hole 13
Hole 10
Hole 8
Holes 1 & 18
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The Bear Scorecard

  Black Tees Blue Tees White Tees Yellow Tees
Yardage 7,078 6,601 6,122 5,281
USGA Rating 76.1 73.3 71.1 73.1
USGA Slope 150 147 139 139
Par 72 72 72 72
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