Course Review and Comments
What a jewel of a golf course. I have played here numerous times. For awhile the course was Private, but has run into some trouble and, once again, has opened to the public on certain days and hours. Great Bear is a must play for any golfer in the NY metro area. The varying sets of tees will provide both challenge and fun. Playing from the tips, the course stretches to just about 7000 yards and really forces you to hi tthe ball off the tee well. The 3rd, 10th and 14th are monster shots from the tee. The greens bear the Nicklaus design stamp. They are large yet often kidney shaped forcing you to set up your approach into them. The course has never been crowded and no round I have ever played there has taken longer than 4-41/2 hours. The staff is friendly and welcoming and the food in the downstairs grill is good and very very fairly priced. You can sit and dine on the patio which overlooks the 18th green which is a wonderful Par 5 finishing hole. The new managment group is very smart in opening this back up for public play as a way to raise a little revenue, other privates should take a lesson. In the end, if you enjoy a good, solid golf course, in excellent shape, in a beautiful setting, then Great Bear has all of that and more. I want this course to make it!!!!
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