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The Bear Course

The Bear Course at the Okanagan Golf Club is one of two spectacular golf courses at this 36 hole golf resort in Kelowna. Planned by Nicklaus Design to ignite your passion for the game, The Bear's 18 hole 6,885 yard, part 72 masterpiece design opened for play in 1999 and is unlike any other golf course in British Columbia. With dramatic sculpted fairways surrounded by the forests and sage brush hills of B.C.'s sun-drenched southern interior, The Bear is the crown jewel course of the Okanagan Valley.

Golfing in Kelowna at The Bear
Crafted by Nicklaus Designs, one of the pre-eminent golf architecture firms in the world, The Okanagan's Bear Course can prove as ferocious as a grizzly or as gentle as a teddy, depending on which set of tees you choose. On its hind legs the layout stretches to 6,885 yards. Well-placed bunkers, grassy swales and collection areas, sculpted moundings, and tiered greens lend the course some challenge. The routing climbs through forested hills on a plateau overlooking the Okanagan Valley.

The Bear's signature hole comes at number three, 453 yards of challenge requiring a combination of accuracy and distance to avoid two bunkers en route to the green. While the course boasts an extensive collection of sweet holes, numbers thirteen through fifteen - playing over the blue waters of Lake McIvor - are the real honeys here. More than 150,000 cubic metres of earth were moved to create the lake and the dramatic topography around it, yet the course maintains a perfect harmony with the natural terrain.

About The Bear
Jack Nicklaus' Golden Bear Design, Bill O'Leary, Designer, built in 1998
18 Holes |  Par  72 |  6,885 Yards
Rating: 72.3 | Slope: 133

  • Golf Course is open April through October
  • Events: Weddings, Golf Tournaments, Banquets, Parties during golf season, special Holiday Events during winter
  • Sarazen's Restaurant, Lounge and Patio open during golf season for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • GBC Golf Academy: double-ended driving range - grass tees; practice putting green; chipping green; practice sand bunkers
 

Hole by Hole at The Bear Course at Okanagan Golf Club

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Hole 18 graphic
This long par 5 with plenty of room lets you hit a driver one more time. A solid second shot will leave you a short approach to a green protected by a bunker at the front right and a grass collection area to the left. A great finishing hole!

Hole 18

Par 5

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Men's HCP: 8
Women's HCP: 2