Nicklaus Design® Golf

A Challenging 9-hole Course with Views So Nice, You’ll Want to Play Twice

Experience unrivaled mountaintop golf from the world’s first 9-hole Nicklaus Design® course. This strategically designed masterpiece at the summit features incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in all directions and two of the toughest par 4 holes you’ll ever play. Sitting at 1,300 feet above Bear Creek Lake, our Golf Club also features a well-equipped Pro Shop, putting green, and driving range. Our golf season runs from April to November (exact dates vary) and features special events, tournaments, clinics, leagues, individual play, private lessons, and more.


The spectacular, private, 9-hole/par 29 course situated along the summit of Bear Lake Reserve offers a diverse collection of strategically-designed holes, crafted by world-renowned Nicklaus Design®. The incredible views in all directions offer a truly breathtaking, one-of-a-kind golf experience. The practice facility is also well-equipped with a driving range and putting green. Golf Season is mid-April to mid-November, with exact dates varying slightly each year depending on weather. In-season programming includes special events, tournaments, clinics, leagues, individual play, private lessons for adults, and more.

Stay and Play Golf Vacations


Unlock your dream vacation golf benefits when you stay for 5 or more nights at Bear Lake Reserve! Greatly reduced flat rate on greens fees and unlimited driving range access. Contact our Vacations and Lodging department for details or to get your booking started.

Golf perks on offer after booking a 5+ night stay.
Courtney Gunter, on-site golf pro at Bear Lake.

Meet our Golf Pro, Courtney Gunter

With numerous awards, titles, and personal bests under her belt as both a student athlete and a coach, Courtney Gunter brings over a decade of experience in the sport as our Golf Pro. She attended University of North Carolina where she propelled their golf team to 5 team titles, 20 top five finishes, four NCAA Regional appearances, and a pair of NCAA National Championships. After earning her Master’s Degree in Sport Management and coaching at East Carolina and Coastal Carolina, Courtney was named the head coach of the Western Carolina University women’s golf team in 2018: the same year that she joined the Bear Lake Reserve family. 

“Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots—but you have to play the ball where it lies”

– Bobby Jones