The Bear Course

The famed Bear Course exceeds the expectations of all who experience it. The Bear has been the host to over 5 United States Golf Association events including U.S. Open Qualifier.  It has also hosted over 16 Florida State Golf Association events including the Florida Match Play Championship. Ranked by GOLFWEEK Magazine as one of Florida’s Top 25 Most Distinctive Courses, The Bear provides the ultimate golfing challenge. However, with five sets of tees, even junior players enjoy braving The Bear. 

THE BEAR COURSE



Hole #1


Par 4

Men's Handicap: 11
Ladies Handicap: 11
Tee
Yards
Bear 381
Tee #1 374
Tee #2 365
Player's 285
Tee #3 280
Tee #4 240


Features

A nice Par 4 to begin the round.  The hole dog legs slightly right at 150 yards from the green so playing center or even a little left of center will give a clear approach to a green that slopes from back to front. If the pin is back right, stay left or you will be pitching back up the slope.
     

Hole #11


Par 5

Men's Handicap: 2
Ladies Handicap: 2
Tee
Yards
Bear 563
Tee #1 526
Tee #2 510
Player's 466
Tee #3 461
Tee #4 393


Features

This par 5 has trouble written all over it.  Off the tee players must avoid a small lake that hides on the left side and as the dogleg turns left, now avoid water on the right side.  The second shot must be very precise to avoid water on both sides and needs to be long enough to hit a short iron to the green.  The approach shot must avoid bunkers right, mounds left, to a green that slope from the center forward and and from the center back.  If the pin is back, play long. If the pin is in the front, play short.            

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