The Bear


100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd., Acme, MI 49610

course overview

The Bear is every bit the bruin it was when Jack Nicklaus first unleashed the course on June 17, 1985. Celebrated as not only the toughest 18 holes in Michigan, The Bear was ranked as the 18th toughest course in America, according to Golf Digest. Nicklaus’ signature design features Scottish terraced fairways, tiered greens, deep grassy roughs, moguls and mounds and deep pot bunkers. With rolling land, trees, lakes and streams, fruit orchards and a variety of wildlife, you have a mixture of different features that people will see in different places – but rarely on one course.

TeeYardageSlopeCourse RatingPar
Year Built: 1985Architect: Jack Nicklaus
Black707814876.372
Blue661814473.272
White612914071.272
Red528113973.472

services offered

  • Bag Attendant
  • Course Starter and Player Assistant
  • Golf Instruction available at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Golf Academy
  • Professional Services: Tournament and Event Administration, Score Board, Pairings Lists, Name Cards on golf cars, Rules Sheets, etc.
  • On Course F & B Services including Beverage Cars
  • Electric and gas powered golf cars
  • Complete and well-stocked Pro Shop
  • Driving Range: Primarily Grass with additional mats when needed, 40+ stations
  • Dress Code: Proper Golf Attire (Collard Shirt, Slacks, Bermuda length Shorts, Skirts or skorts. NO DENIM or Athletic shorts)