I remember growing up and watching Jack Nicklaus in the 60's and 70's while marveling at his accomplishments in the 80's and 90's. That is probably why I really appreciate playing Bear's Best.
Four holes from Geronimo and Chiricahua designs at Jack's Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona contains all the details right down to the Saguaro cactus. Hole No. 9, which is a replica of Desert Mountain No.6 at the Geronimo Course is a 453-yard par 4. This lengthy sloping downhill test doglegs to the left. Your tee shot has to be hit on the fairway and avoid the bunker on the left. Your second shot has to fly an arroyo, cut in front of the green and wrap around it to par.
A trademark of Bear's Best is the starting and finishing par fours (1 & 18) with water running the length of the entire fairways. These PGA West (Palm Springs) replicas honor his two designs and brings water into play from both the left (on #1) and the right (on #18). Hole No.18 (PGA West No.18, Palm Springs, California - Resort C
For more than 30 years, Nicklaus courses have covered nearly every continent, creating the name and reputation of excellence among great golf course architects. In 2001, Jack was recognized with three national awards related to his golf course design work, and in 1999, Golf Digest ranked Jack as the world s leading active golf course designer. Much of Jack's early design work is a result of famous golf course architect Pete Dye. Dye asked Jack to provide feedback of Jack's old golf club in Columbus, Ohio. Shortly thereafter, they teamed-up to design Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina. This was soon repeated by Jack's design at Murifield Village in Dublin, Ohio. Both golf course design projects earned their place among the Top 100 courses with the latter considered as a "breakthrough" design.
Whether you are a foursome or a large tournament, consider the golf history that laid the groundwork for a facility like Bear's Best, and you will appreciate a part of golf's rich heritage. Along with the heritage, the amenities at Bear's Best are there to maximize the overall golf experience, including rental golf clubs, golf equipment and apparel, personalized bag tags, divot repair tools, ball markers and tees, food and beverage services, the 10,000 sq. ft. practice putting greens, golf school, and very hospitable staff. These are just some of the things that make this facility a world leader for unparalleled uniqueness.
Bear's Best Atlanta, the newer of the two gems approaches its September opening and is now accepting event reservations! Bear's Best Atlanta is destined to be the East Coast's premier daily fee golf club, and is expected to be a leader in its own right!
The marketing and management staff led by Kimberly Lescenski welcomes everyone to come out and enjoy a true piece of golf art! For further information, please visit the web site: www.bearsbest.com.
By Mel Barosay, Jetsetters Magazine Golf Correspondent. Photo credits John R. Johnson Design.