Bear Creek Golf Club

4.0158294118 4.0 stars from 5 (309)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6804 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 74.2
  • Layout

  • 237 Whooping Crane Way, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29926, Beaufort County
  • (843) 681-9510
  • (843) 681-2517
  • www.bearcreekhhi.com

Year built: 1980
Architect(s): Rees Jones (1980), Bryce Swanson (1980), Rees Jones (2006)
Type: Private
Greens: Super Dwarf TifEagle Bermuda
Fairways: 419 Tifway Bermuda
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6804 yards 74.2 139
Blue 72 6486 yards 72.4 135
White 72 6162 yards 71.3 133
Gold 72 5727 yards 69.7 125
Gold (W) 72 5727 yards 73.9 131
Green 72 5316 yards 67.6 119
Green (W) 72 5316 yards 71.9 128

Bear Creek Golf Club is one of the courses that makes Hilton Head Island one of the country's most popular golf destinations. Rees Jones designed the course, routing the layout through majestic pines and sparkling blue lagoons. Jones kept much of the existing landscape intact, earning the golf course Audubon certification. There are five sets of tees total, with the longest stretching over 6,800 yards. It's a course that players of all skill levels can enjoy regardless of handicap. The tight, bunkered fairways are an infamous feature of the course but Bear Creek is also known for having some of the best greens on Hilton Head Island. The finishing hole is the course's signature. You'll have to navigate your way past a narrow chute of pines to reach the green, which is fronted by a large lagoon.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 309 Reviews
5 stars:
110
4 stars:
138
3 stars:
41
2 stars:
10
1 stars:
10

recommend this course

258 out of 309 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near local attractions at a resort   Great for advanced golfers locals wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include bunkers water hazards narrow fairways   Great for drinks brunch patio dining  

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"Fun course to play"


None's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2019
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I must play for HH. One straight hole on the course. Lots of doglegs. You have to place your ball. Not a bombers course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




wolfman4472's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2019
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Disappointing"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played this course a week earlier, conditions were great. Played again 5/31, booked the tee time on line and NOWHERE did it say the greens were punched two days earlier. When I inquired about this, the person at the course said “90 percent of the people who book tee times do it by phone. We don’t have a way of putting that kind of information on line.”

Okay then. So much for this being 2019. And where exactly does she think you get phone numbers these days??

Naturally, no discount was offered. Also, When my playing partner asked if there was any coffee available, the answer was “nope.”

I know the tee time was early (7:32 am), but the lack of coffee in the shop AND cooperation from the shop employee left much to be desired.

Bottom line, I suppose: call the club before you play at Bear Creek. Or. Play at any number of other more cooperative clubs.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course



wolfman4472's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2019
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"No need to pay big bucks to play good HHI courses"


pamolly's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2019
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Bear Creek is an excellent course that will challenge your game. Nice fairways and tee boxes with excellent greens. Good use of sand and water to keep your game honest. Only dings are lack of ball washers and filled water jugs on each hole.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Walking is Members Only"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I went there cuz I wanted to walk, indicated as available on the website. Got there and was told, well that's for members only. Disappointing. Also, cart parts are dirt, so if you're in the second cart, stay way behind!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



jenfan's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Gene9831929's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u837435913's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fun experience!"


Darryldocking's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good course! Nice layout. Played for the first time and that’s tough to do. When you don’t know the course you will end up in trouble. Many, many bunkers, lots of water, lots of force carries, and more than a few gators. Enjoy!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



"Great track"


PJMUSTO's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great track. Greens were firm and fast. Lots of short dogleg par 4s. Par 5s and 3s are decent length. The greens fee included lunch and a beer! I would definitely play again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"great course"


Ruslan8's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/15/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

great layout, good condition, fair but challenging


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"At one time this was a good course"


jonesdo's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great layout but minimal maintenance has reduced the joy factor. Bunkers not very good, greens are ok, tee boxes uneven and worn. There are better courses for the money.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course



u000007580646's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Fun today at Bear Creek"


Tom3772559's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in very good condition and greens fast and true. Staff was friendly. Course was busy and Play was a little slow.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Charming bargain"


NickVoss's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Friendly and charming course to play. With superb lunch (and draft beer!) delivered to our cart on the 10th, fast greens, and a delightful Canadian twosome to play we, it was a wonderful last round in HHI!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



ngraeser's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"GPS Mapping App Required"


mstrickl's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I looked forward to my first visit to Bear Creek and was really flustered. The people in the pro shop had largely blank expressions when I asked where to find the course layout, or if could I purchase a yardage book. There was nothing that helped identify hidden water hazards, bunkers, or the actual fairway or green shape.

Just as we were moving to the starter one of the fellows came out of the shop to tell me about a phone app that included the course layout; timeliness and poor signal strength prevented a start for the download.

I will share this exoerience my friends back home at the club.

A very interesting and pleasing layout was difficult to enjoy because we had to play it totally blind.

Also, if you plan to eat there be sure to check before you tee off as to what foods/ offerings they are out of!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Excellent Value"


Ianharrison's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/12/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This golf course is a very good test! Greens were in excellent shape and overall very good tee to green. Some slightly bare spots, but it is just coming out of winter in the low country. In two to three weeks with warmer temps it should be really nice. We were a two ball first out of the day with a cart and played in 3:15 easily. Could have been two and a half if we wanted . Best bonus here is the lunch and beer included with your green fee. Order right off the regular menus. Food was great and service couldn't have been better.

Highly recommended! This course needs to be played from the correct tees. It is a very good test. Enjoy!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good Pace of Play"


Orangutanmike's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/26/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pace of play was pretty good at ~4 hrs 15 min. Lots of traps and water hazards, making the course challenging. Would say it is like most other island courses. Well maintained and good for the money spent. Did not eat at the restaurant, but heard food is pretty good here.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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