COURSE TOUR

HOLE 1

PAR 4 | HANDICAP 17

Excellent hole to start your round at Grand Bear. This shortish par-4 is marked the easiest hole on the front nine. The fairway opens up considerably with a drive carrying the fairway bunker left. Up and down from the greenside bunker right can be tricky. Start the day off with a birdie!

 

GRIZZLY BEAR 419
GOLDEN BEAR 392
BROWN BEAR 344
BLACK BEAR 299
TEDDY BEAR 243

HOLE 2

PAR 5 | HANDICAP 9

Two options off the tee on this par-5: skirt the hazard right and cutoff some this gentle dogleg, or play to the left side of the fairway for safety. The green is reachable in two, but the prudent play is to layup, leaving a short approach to an uphill green sloping gently right to left. Errant shots right of the green can lead to big numbers.

 

GRIZZLY BEAR 540
GOLDEN BEAR 515
BROWN BEAR 489
BLACK BEAR 455
TEDDY BEAR 391

HOLE 3

PAR 3 | HANDICAP 7

Long par three. Take plenty of club and err to the left, as anything short and right brings into play the bunkers and the Little Biloxi River. Left side of the green slopes down to the right so for right side pin locations, aim for the left center and watch the ball feed down towards the hole.

 

GRIZZLY BEAR 211
GOLDEN BEAR 192
BROWN BEAR 176
BLACK BEAR 163
TEDDY BEAR 97

HOLE 4

PAR 4 | HANDICAP 15

Short par-4 that calls for less than driver off the tee. The ideal tee ball finds the left side of this generous fairway, avoiding the fairway bunker right. Approach to the green plays longer than it feels, and don’t be tempted by the sucker pin buried far right. Pick up a birdie here.

 

GRIZZLY BEAR 371
GOLDEN BEAR 353
BROWN BEAR 334
BLACK BEAR 286
TEDDY BEAR 268

HOLE 5

PAR 5 | HANDICAP 1

Welcome to the longest and most difficult hole at Grand Bear. Pay attention to the distances to the front edge and carries over the hazard which bisects the fairway. Give recovery shots and even layups your full attention when navigating around the hazard. Layups to the right side of the second fairway will leave the flattest lies, but those staying left will have the best angle in. Which do you prefer? Misses long and left of the green make for tough up and downs.

 

GRIZZLY BEAR 603
GOLDEN BEAR 565
BROWN BEAR 508
BLACK BEAR 476
TEDDY BEAR 421

HOLE 6

PAR 4 | HANDICAP 5

This long par four has a wider landing area than you might pick up standing on the tee, so swing away! Grand Bear regulars know the approach on the sixth is one of the course’s most demanding: absolute precision is required in both distance and direction, as a miss short and left will leave you an awkward angle up from the bottom of a steep hill, and anything right leaves a delicate up and down. Green is very subtle so grind over the greens read, and trust it. Escape with par here and move on!

 

GRIZZLY BEAR 473
GOLDEN BEAR 428
BROWN BEAR 381
BLACK BEAR 356
TEDDY BEAR 313

HOLE 7

PAR 3 | HANDICAP 13

Don’t let the yardage fool you – the shortish par-3 seventh features a small and heavily guarded green, devilish pin positions tempt the ambitious birdie seekers, and four menacing bunkers lurk, just waiting to collect the errant approaches. Three distinct areas divide the green and only well-placed shots will leave realistic birdie putts. Birdies are here if you can execute!

 

GRIZZLY BEAR 179
GOLDEN BEAR 159
BROWN BEAR 145
BLACK BEAR 102
TEDDY BEAR 90

HOLE 8

PAR 4 | HANDICAP 3

Visually intimidating off the tee, the eighth fairway opens up wider than it appears. But pick your line wisely as the longer the tee shot, the narrower the landing area becomes. Approach into the green is easier than it looks too, thanks to Jack’s positioning of the bunkers which are well short of the target area and largely out of play. A largely flat green yields very make-able putts, but you’ll want to avoid short siding yourself right.

 

GRIZZLY BEAR 470
GOLDEN BEAR 441
BROWN BEAR 401
BLACK BEAR 325
TEDDY BEAR 287

HOLE 9

PAR 4 | HANDICAP 11

Short but tricky: accuracy is the call here as you want to stay left and avoid hitting it through the fairway straight and right. A good line off the tee is to take dead aim at the 150 pole! An uphill approach to a wide but shallow green awaits, and avoid the deep greenside bunker left. Three distinct tiers make for large bending putts from anywhere but the correct level. Finish the front with birdie before stopping into the Grill for a dog and a beverage.

 

GRIZZLY BEAR 404
GOLDEN BEAR 368
BROWN BEAR 328
BLACK BEAR 308
TEDDY BEAR 253

HOLE 10

PAR 4 | HANDICAP 12

Shortish par-4 that doglegs rather sharply right. The ideal play is aiming at the 150 pole with a left to right shot peeling off it. The fairway tilts left to right, feeding into a hazard the entire length of the hole. The tilt is good for keeping in the fairway those drives aimed a little too left, but also makes for challenging approaches. Be certain to compensate for the ball being below your feet and avoid going right into the greenside bunker, or even worse into the hazard beyond. Green feeds everything left to right, so if you dare aim right of each pin and leave yourself an uphill putt.

 

GRIZZLY BEAR 418
GOLDEN BEAR 368
BROWN BEAR 354
BLACK BEAR 316
TEDDY BEAR 284

HOLE 11

PAR 5 | HANDICAP 14

Think of nothing but birdies standing on this tee. This par five plays shorter than the yardage and can be easily reached with two solid strikes. The aggressive play is to aim over the left edge of the fairway bunker right and take off some of the gentle dogleg, or you can stay left for safety. A small green with a narrow run up requires an accurate approach. Being in the greenside bunkers left or right aren’t the worst places to be. Again, three distinct zones on the green will either reward you with a makeable putt if you’ve been accurate, or a big sweeping putt if you failed to execute.

 

GRIZZLY BEAR 520
GOLDEN BEAR 489
BROWN BEAR 475
BLACK BEAR 460
TEDDY BEAR 373

HOLE 12

PAR 4 | HANDICAP 4

The 12th can be visually intimidating standing on the tee with trees tight left and woods deep right. A good line is last pine tree standing tall beyond the 150 yard pole, but commit to your swing as you’ll want a shorter approach coming in. A narrow green sloping left to right awaits, and missing right is better than left as getting above this green left makes for a challenging up and down. Be proud of a par on this tough par-4!

 

GRIZZLY BEAR 458
GOLDEN BEAR 429
BROWN BEAR 402
BLACK BEAR 348
TEDDY BEAR 297

HOLE 13

PAR 4 | HANDICAP 16

Can you shape your tee shot right to left, and with some distance? Then this drivable par-4 can be yours. Everyone else would be smart to pull less than driver, avoiding the fairway bunker left, leaving a short approach to a small triangular green. A hazard runs the entire length of the hole left so error right all the way, and don’t be tempted by the back-left pin, as the nearby hazard waits to punish wayward approaches. Multi-tiered green with the most slope of any on the course. Again, being accurate is very important. Amazing risk-reward hole.

 

GRIZZLY BEAR 349
GOLDEN BEAR 336
BROWN BEAR 308
BLACK BEAR 296
TEDDY BEAR 257

HOLE 14

PAR 3 | HANDICAP 8

What a view! This longish par-3 plays slightly downhill, but plenty of trouble lurks short and left. If you don’t want to mess with the pond left, there is plenty of room to bail out right. Avoid a big number here, make the safe play erring long and right, and get up and down for par if need be. Makeable putts abound on this green that slopes gently from front to back.

 

GRIZZLY BEAR 195
GOLDEN BEAR 185
BROWN BEAR 163
BLACK BEAR 159
TEDDY BEAR 132

HOLE 15

PAR 5 | HANDICAP 10

The Big Biloxi River makes its appearance on the 15th at Grand Bear, running the entire left side of the hole. A long drive turning over right to left is ideal, but not required on this short-ish par-5. On second shots, most players can give it a go, but even layups are made easy with a generous landing area. This scoring hole shows its teeth on and around the narrow green being guarded by four bunkers. Putting isn’t tricky on this mostly flat green so roll it in, walking away with a birdie!

 

GRIZZLY BEAR 548
GOLDEN BEAR 520
BROWN BEAR 500
BLACK BEAR 450
TEDDY BEAR 364

HOLE 16

PAR 3 | HANDICAP 18

This short par-3 16th offers an excellent scoring chance. Bring it in from right to left, using the natural shape of the hole, and there’s ample room for error on three sides making for mostly routine up and downs. Large ridge in the middle of the green can cause some tricky putts so pay attention to the pin position, and hit to the correct area. Grab a birdie now and hold on for the two finishing holes!

 

GRIZZLY BEAR 165
GOLDEN BEAR 154
BROWN BEAR 142
BLACK BEAR 133
TEDDY BEAR 123

HOLE 17

PAR 4 | HANDICAP 6

Another great view at Grand Bear! Take your pictures and then get back to business because one of Grand Bear’s most scenic tees is also one of its most demanding. Picking your line and committing to it is the key to this drive. Take the Biloxi River out of play by aiming at the 150 pole. The fairway is wider than you might feel it is, so trust it! Once in the fairway, a large green with an open front will accept approaches from the ground or through the air. Short and right is better than left and long here. Leave yourself below the hole on this back to front sloping green and steal a par.

 

GRIZZLY BEAR 433
GOLDEN BEAR 414
BROWN BEAR 370
BLACK BEAR 354
TEDDY BEAR 325

HOLE 18

PAR 4 | HANDICAP 2

You’re almost home with the clubhouse at the top of the hill, and only the back nine’s toughest test stands between you and a cold beverage in the Grill. A long and straight tee ball is the call, avoiding at all costs the fairway bunker right. The uphill approach plays longer than you think, so take one, even two more clubs than usual. A large two-tiered green offers plenty of putting surface, and large bail out areas left and long make for easy up and downs. Approaches not hit to the correct tier are rewarded with a very challenging two putt. Get your par and run to the Grill for a celebratory drink!

 

GRIZZLY BEAR 448
GOLDEN BEAR 425
BROWN BEAR 401
BLACK BEAR 352
TEDDY BEAR 284

Hello Grand Bear golfers! I’m Ian Kahn the Head Golf Professional here at Grand Bear Golf Club. I’ve given you a few course tips above to help you navigate our Jack Nicklaus signature design. You’ll find our golf course as enjoyable as we do, and we hope to see you soon at Grand Bear. Bring your friends!