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“Great Bear was the brainchild of a local developer and owner of a couple nearby hotels. This gentleman envisioned the course as the premier golf club in the Pocono Mountains. It just so happened he was paired with Jack Nicklaus one time in a Pro-am down in Florida. Conversation during the round led to striking a deal to have Jack come up and build the course.”
- Jeffrey A. Rendall, from “Great Bear Golf Club - Rock ’n’ roll in the Poconos” 

This is it — the pinnacle of golf for Northeast Pennsylvania.
The area’s only Jack Nicklaus “Signature” course. 

The course is pure beauty, where you can enjoy the time spent in nature even if you don’t have a good score. And it’s a good track for men and women. Then again, what golfer wouldn’t enjoy such a perfect course!

The roughs are a blue fescue/fescue mix. The course features 48 bunkers. We play April through November, weather permitting. Aeration takes place with little to no interruption to your enjoyment of rounds here.

Another accolade:

“There are no parallel holes on Great Bear, which has five sets of tees, and golfers are able to get the feeling they always want, that they are alone on the course. You don't hear yells of "fore" and you rarely even see another group. That's a wonderful thing.

At Great Bear, the golfer can't wait to get to the next tee to see what Nicklaus did. There are no bad holes and singling out just one or two isn't fair to the rest of them because they're all good.”
—By Drew Markol, Courtesy of phillyBurbs.com



In fact, you might want to jump to our testimonials page and read a course assessment from Mike H. at worldgolf.com 

Of “course” you can always read “Great Bear Golf Club - Rock ’n’ roll in the Poconos

By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Courtesy of GolfTheUnitedStates.com

Come give Great Bear a go!

We’re just 15 minutes off Route 80 in the Poconos – not that far off the beaten path but definitely a tranquil, secluded spot for a course carved right out of the natural terrain. 

Tee Times are a snap. And if you’re thinking about it, a Great Bear membership is a wonderful perk to give yourself and your family.