The Bear is aptly named usually when you talk about how hard a course it you mention the tips but the bear shows it’s teeth even from the white tees with a slope over 140 from just over 6k yards. The Bear is a mainstay in the Golf Digest top 100 public courses and is always in good shape and part of a nice resort in Traverse City which is an amazing Summer destination. If you don’t like forced carries stick to one of the other courses at the resort or in the area cause the Bear has about as many as I have ever seen. Hitting over native areas and swamp land what seems like every shot. This course has a great variety of holes and can be fun if it doesn’t beat you up too bad, playing the right tees is key a mistake far too many weekend golfers make.
Date: January 17, 2021