Nicklaus Design® Golf


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Golf Operation Hours:
May 1st – Sept 2nd:

Pro Shop: 8:30am – 5:30pm (Closed Tuesdays)
Golf Course: 9am – 5pm (Closed Tuesdays)
Driving Range: 9am-5pm (Closed Wednesdays)

Additional Info:

Owners: (Homeowners at Bear Lake Reserve)
Guests: (Renters at Bear Lake Reserve
Friends: (Guests of Owners)

Please note that the Pro Shop is closed Monday through Wednesday.

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.


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. 

Courtney Gunter, on-site golf pro at Bear Lake.

“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