Golf Course Overview
The Bear, Grand Traverse Resort's best-known course, was designed by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus and is considered one of the most challenging courses in Michigan. The course has been host to the state's oldest and most prestigious tournament, the Michigan Open, since it first opened in 1985. The par 72 course features terraced fairways, tiered greens, deep grassy roughs, and pot bunkers. Measuring 7,065 yards from the championship tees, The Bear has a USGA rating of 76.8 and a USGA slope of 146. The course also features three additional sets of tees to accommodate players of all levels. “With rolling land, trees, lakes, streams and flatland, you have a mixture of different features that people will see in different places, but rarely on one golf course,” said Jack Nicklaus. “That's what makes this course unique. No two holes are similar.”
The Club at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, located near both the Turtle Creek Casino and Leelanau Sands Casino, offers guests championship golf on three 18-hole courses, The Bear, The Wolverine and Spruce Run. Host to a fleet of 225 golf carts, a state-of-the-art clubhouse, and the Jim McLean Golf School, the facility has received the Silver Medal Resort award from Golf Magazine and is considered among the 50 best golf resorts by Conde Nast Traveler.