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Great Bear opened to stellar reviews in 1997 and operated as a private club through 2011. Now a semi-private club, Great Bear strives to offer an extraordinary atmosphere for its members, outing guests and daily fee players.
Come experience this 7,025-yard, par 71 beauty, designed by "The Bear" himself, the mighty Jack Nicklaus.
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3037 Quail Run Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1T3S1
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Date: 2014-Jun-09 Review by Dan P
Opened in 1997, the Great Bear Golf Club remained a private club until 2011. As a semi-private club we can all enjoy this great Nicklaus designed gem.
At first glance I noticed that the greens were smaller than your typical Nicklaus designed golf course. The greens were true with some contour but nothing major. I have played many other Nicklaus courses when tiered greens are used extensively.
The front nine is tighter and more challenging than the back. The back nine begins to open up toward the end of your round. Some angled fairways on the front without the aid of seeing the green may have some golfers wanting a midway view of the hole. These holes are exactly as expected and tee shots should be started on the slope side to allow the ball to run down to the centre of the fairway. Playing the middle may see you roll into the rough.
There is some water to hit over on a couple of tee shots but water for the most part shouldn't come into play.
Knowledge of the course can be very helpful as many a time you should leave your driver in the bag. I believe I only used mine 3 times.
All fairways were lush and very easy to hit from. The were no parallel fairways and the course flows nicely throw a gated community.
There's a tee block for everyone. Great Bear has 5 sets of tees ranging from just over 7,000 and just under 5,000 yards.
The 18th is very much a risk and reward hole. This par 5 can offer a chance of reaching the green in two but would be a very gutsy attempt as the chance of sticking the green is chancy. Danger is found in front and behind.
It would be been nice to see a course map on the scorecard and, although signage is available around the course this signage is quite small.
The staff at Great Bear were most helpful. Perhaps it has to do with the pleasant surrounding and the exceptional clubhouse that has some wonderful history inside.
A recommended play!