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Bear’s Best is a high-end daily fee course focused on corporate entertaining and golf outings. To create Bear’s Best, Jack Nicklaus selected 18 holes from his more than 200 course designs worldwide and put them into one extraordinary round of golf.
Hole No. 1
No. 10 St. Mellion, Cornwall, England
This is a medium-length but demanding par 4, playing 100 feet downhill from tee to green to a narrow fairway. Second shot club selection will be difficult to a small green guarded by a deep waste bunker on the right and undulating slopes left and back.
Hole No. 2
No. 10 Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, CA
A short par 4 dogleg left to a fairway well protected on both sides by trees. A bunker situated just short of the green in the center of the fairway guards the narrow approach. Sand on the left and a large oak tree on the right protect the green. Long hitters will be tempted to go for the green off the tee here.
Hole No. 3
No. 13 Spring Creek Ranch, Collierville, TN
This 167-yard par 3 is guarded in front by a dry streambed making club selection critical. A large deep bunker to the left and two bunkers on the right protect the green. The multi-tiered green adds extra challenges to this beautiful par 3.
Hole No. 4
No. 2 Old Works, Anaconda, MT
A 340-yard par 4 dogleg right. Approach shots to this medium-sized green have to avoid two bunkers on the right and one on the left. Black bunker sand is a distinctive feature here and makes this a memorable hole.
Hole No. 5
No. 5 The Golf Club of Purchase, Purchase, NY
A large wetland in front of the tees guards this wide fairway, which is free of bunkers. Approach shots need to carry another wetland, which crosses the fairway just short of the green. The green is a narrow target protected on the left by a large bunker.
Hole No. 6
No. 12 Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, OH
At 169 yards, this beautiful par 3 plays entirely over water from an elevated tee. The green here is small and well protected by bunkers both front and back. The steep slope behind the green makes anything long a difficult up and down.
Hole No. 7
No. 3 Shoal Creek Country Club, Shoal Creek, AL
At 585 yards, this straightaway par 5 plays to a narrow fairway guarded by two large bunkers on the left. The second shot plays to an approach guarded by a large bunker on the right. The long narrow green is well guarded by deep bunkers both left and right.
Hole No. 8
No. 9 The Club at Nevillewood, Nevillewood, PA
This medium-length par 4 plays slightly uphill to a wide fairway. Approach shots have to carry the three ponds, which guard the front and right side of the green.
Hole No. 9
No. 7 TPC Michigan, Dearborn, MI
This medium-length par 5 requires a tee shot that avoids 3 bunkers down the right side. The second shot is to a narrow fairway guarded on both sides by bunkers. The undulating green is well protected by three bunkers.
Hole No. 10
No. 15 Mt. Juliet, County Kilkenny, Ireland
A deep swale with six bunkers crosses the fairway short of the green on this short par 4. Most players decide to lay up short of the trouble, leaving a medium to short iron into this large undulating green surrounded by three bunkers.
Hole No. 11
No. 15 PGA "Championship" Course, PBG, FL
A 193-yard par 3, playing entirely over water. The green is guarded by water on the right and long, and by sand on the left.
Hole No. 12
No. 18 Gleneagles, Pertshire, Scotland
At 536 yards, this par 5 plays 65 feet uphill from tee to green. A large bunker short right of the green guards the narrow approach. Undulating slopes and a bunker back right guard this large green.
Hole No. 13
No. 3 Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, OH
A medium-length dogleg left par 4. The tee shot plays downhill to a landing zone protected by trees to the left and bunkers to the right. The second shot requires a carry over a deep native area to a green surrounded by four bunkers. Undulating slopes around the green make getting up and down difficult here.
Hole No. 14
No. 17 Governors Club, Chapel Hill, NC
At 565 yards, No. 14 is the longest par 5 at Bear's Best Atlanta. The tee shot plays uphill to a small landing area guarded by a bunker on the right and OB left. The second shot plays downhill to a well-protected green. A large bunker crosses the fairway short of the green forcing all but the longest hitters to lay up on their second shots.
Hole No. 15
No. 1 Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, CA
This is a medium-length par 4. Tee shots to the right side of the fairway offer the best angle into this narrow green. Deep bunkers both right and left guard the undulating green.
Hole No. 16
No. 15 Elk River Club, Banner Elk, NC
Club selection is critical on this picturesque par 3. The tee shot plays 35 feet downhill to a small undulating green surrounded by four bunkers. Anything long requires a delicate chip back up the hill.
Hole No. 17
No. 3 Gleneagles, Pertshire, Scotland
A medium-length par 4 dogleg right. Three bunkers guard the right side of the fairway awaiting anyone who tries to cut the corner off the tee. The second shot plays uphill to a green guarded both left and right by bunkers.
Hole No. 18
No. 18 Castle Pines Golf Club, Castle Rock, CO
Tee shots on this 483-yard par 4 finishing hole play slightly uphill to a landing area guarded on the left by a large bunker. Second shots from the left side of the fairway require a long carry over 11 fairway bunkers to reach the green. The green is protected on three sides by bunkers.