The Grand Bear Golf Course

4.5121647059 4.5 stars from 5 (205)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7204 yards
  • Slope: 143
  • Rating: 75.5
  • Layout

  • 12040 Grand Way Blvd, Saucier, MS 39574, Harrison County
  • (228) 265-9363
  • grandbeargolf.com

Year built: 1999
Architect(s): Jack Nicklaus (1999)
Type: Resort
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes - 100 tees
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper Golf Attire Required: Collared Shirt (No Denim)
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Grizzly Bear 72 7204 yards 75.5 143
Golden Bear 72 6733 yards 73.0 139
Brown Bear 72 6221 yards 70.5 134
Black Bear 72 5638 yards 67.9 130
Teddy Bear 72 4802 yards 68.4 120

Unlike some Jack Nicklaus golf courses that have earned a reputation for being among the world's most difficult, mid- and high-handicappers stand a fighting chance at the Grand Bear Golf Course. Nicklaus offers wide fairways before the sprawling woods take over on either side, most bunkers aren't horribly steep, and greens generally have room in front to run a shot up. The winding Biloxi River helps build Grand Bear to a dramatic finish. The par-3 14th hole plays through a chute of woods to a green guarded by the river below that runs along diagonally, punishing hooked shots left short. After another par 3 on the 16th that plays with the river to the left, the 17th once again plays over the river on the drive, then parallel to the hole. The 18th hole plays long and uphill back toward the clubhouse.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 205 Reviews
5 stars:
146
4 stars:
49
3 stars:
5
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

198 out of 205 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs near local attractions   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers a weekend splurge   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens elevation changes   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views brunch  

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Ron9321938's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/21/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



goflster24's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



bootp58's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

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: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"great time in southern Mississippi"


Fitzy13's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2019
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

great early morning round. friendly staff starting with the gentleman that greeted us in the parking lot. great layout and good playability. will play this one again. I will tell my friends about it also.


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


"Amazing"


keegmo16's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is the first time I’ve played this course. I expected a jack Nicholas course to be challenging with a great layout. It lived up to the expectations plus a little bit. They advise the greens I just been aerated five days prior to me playing and I couldn’t tell a bit. The greens were very receptive smooth and rolled very well. The view coming up number 18 is absolutely amazing. I highly recommend playing it from the white tees your first time if you are not an experience golfer. I played the gold their equivalent of the blue and I’m relatively long off the tea. It leaves you with a lot of cool interesting shots. I would recommend this to anybody who asked


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"bad time in dallas"


Fitzy13's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2019
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

the overall condition of the course in my opinion was not good. the greens were very bad patches all over all putting greens. fairways were very thin. can't say I would ever go back.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Jack’s course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great day. From the6 mike beautiful ride through the woods to the finishing hole. Course in fantastic shape, greens perfect . The personnel really enjoyed being there and made the day special.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Grand Bear is a Super nice course !"


u000005145433's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2019
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Grand Bear is a must play if you visit the Biloxi MS. Area . Conditions where wet but they had a bad rain storm hit the day before - it was cart path only . Jack made a super nice golf course in Desoto National Forest and it is a gem ! Lots of tee boxes for every level of player . Staff kind and helpful . Wish we had played it on a dry day . Can not say one bad word about the Grand Bear - hope to play one day when it is dry = had a blast ! Grand Bear for april in great condition - played like the tour would play on any given day - Greens fast - Lush ! = Gem !


Pace of Play: Good

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


"Challenging but fair"


golfnut127's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Challenge to find the place without GPS, limited signage. Once there, very secluded, tranquil feel. Greeted by a gorgeous clubhouse with attentive staff. Course can be challenging with strategic bunkering and lines that challenge your depth perception. Greens rolled nicely, fairways were in good shape. Only downside noted were several tee boxes where the grass hadn’t made a full comeback. Overall, great course, will definitely be back!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"3rd best course in Biloxi area"


TBoneSSUBears's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2019
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Played this course in the normal rotation on our spring golf trip. This is worth a day and a very good layout. Impressed with the traps as they have a nice base of sand in them and believe me I know. lol Really nothing bad to say on this visit.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u2775636's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2019
Previously played 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: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Course in the Woods"


Michael9598399's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/11/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This is a great Jack Nicholas course. There were some risk rewards holes and as always Nicholas gives you a bailout area around the greens. This course is layout into the woods so no houses or other buildings. The course was wet from recent rains so not much roll out. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I was paired with two members which is always helpful. These two men were friendly and helpful with course knowledge. I would definitely play here again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u000007366628's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/09/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Excellent golf course!"


Woosung4jc's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

Excellent golf course! A 6 mile driveway into the golf course, tucked away nicely in MS. From parking to finish, courteous service, escort to the first hole and available driving range and putting green to practice on prior to playing. Overall a fun and a enjoyable round. Nice restaurant as well!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Hidden Gem"


David3783065's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/28/2018
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent course. Great layout and the staff is the best. Food in clubhouse needs a little work but it did not take away from the beauty of this place.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excellent Course"


donovanford's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/19/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The staff was friendly and the course was in excellent condition. The greens were fast and rolled true. The pace of play was great. Range balls were included with the green fees as well as two bottles of water on ice in the cart cooler. I definitely recommend this course, you won't be disappointed.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Best Value Course on the MS Gulf Coast"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This Course never fails, luckily I live only about 10 minutes away from this course so I'm a little spoiled but I love this place. It never fails to challenge you and the different pin placements are all pretty tough. If you are looking for a challenge and really nice course this is it. Just a little tip for this course - Stay on the Fairway because the rough is thick and will hurt you.


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


"Beautiful course but stays wet"


Gunter135's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/05/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I feel like the superintendent does not care for bookings through Golf Now. He suspended play for a severe thunderstorm which everyone on the course complied with. When I asked about a raincheck for the remainder of the round he was short and told me to work it out with Golf Now. The course was wet before the thunderstorms hit. He reopened the course with rivers in the fairway, I believe to avoid refunds. Even with the Hot Deal, the green fee's are higher than most courses in the area. The three rounds I have played there in the last year have all been cart path only and extremely soggy. In my opinion Windance and Diamondhead are much better options and you don't need a hot deal to afford to play there.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Best course I played in the area."


anthonywest32's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great staff. Greens are a little firm and couldn't create any spin, Roll great and true. Front nine has great risk reward tee shots. Not everyone is a 300yd driver like they think they are so pick your tee box according to you ACTUAL driving distance.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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