Playing Bear Creek Golf Club Is Like Playing Two Courses!

          The front nine is your links-style challenge; the back nine is more traditional. Talk abut getting more for your money!

          The front nine is fairly wide open and flat (the reason we can open earlier every spring) with a few water hazards. The back nine has more trees and narrower fairways. The result is you get a totally different feel from front to back.

So the choice is yours: play our nine links holes, our nine traditional holes … or go ahead and play both courses!

          The average season runs from April 15 to October 15. Our earliest-ever opening was April 7; the latest closing was October 29. (Dates to keep in mind, membership holders!)

          We use a straw cover on the greens so when we get a good snow cover, the greens are in great shape from Day One!

  Rating: 126 (from the blue tees)
  Slope:70.2 (from the blue tees)
  Teesbluegrass/fescue mix
  Fairwaysbluegrass/fescue mix
  Greensbentgrass/poa mix

We aerate as part of regular maintenance with no interruption to your enjoyment of the course.

Let’s take a quick tour of the course with owner and Superintendent Ranson Lasell.

          Who better to offer playing tips to Bear Creek than Ranson. He owns the course and he keeps it in tip-top playing condition.

Ranson, tell us how our round begins?

          “Number One is a 400-yard, par-4 with bunkers and mounds on the right and mounds on the left. If you hit too far, you’re in the water. Position is key; you don’t have to hit it long – 250 yards is sufficient – but you want to be straight. It has a large green with bunkers to the left and right. Just keep it straight and you won’t get into a whole lot of trouble.”

What’s the best par-5 on the course?

          #18. Easy! “This is the best finishing hole in Grande Prairie. It has 10 bunkers and out of bounds to the right. It takes two really good shots to get to the green.”

What about the best par-3 at Bear Creek?

          #17. “It’s 150 yards over water to a sloped green with deep bunkers behind it and a creek to the right.”

… and the toughest hole on the golf course?

          #14. “It’s a double-dogleg with water in the middle and a creek to the right and heavy bush to the left. There’s a small, elevated green so your second shot has to be very accurate. If you’re five yards short, you’re rolling down a slope and you’re chipping back out!”

What is the most difficult green on the golf course?

          #17. “Most of our greens are fairly flat, but this one with the most slope is this one.”

Tell us about finishing a round, Ranson.

          “You have to be on top of your game as you finish. Seventeen and 18 could give you 6’s, even at the par-5 16. For long hitters it’s good because you’re finishing the round with two of the three holes at par-5. Sixteen is pretty reachable in two but 18 is really tough to get there in two for an eagle shot or even a birdie putt.”

We’re more than a golf club!

          Bear Creek Golf Club is a beautiful 18-hole golf course. But it’s so much more than just another public golf club.

          Although we take golf at Bear Creek seriously, we gather here to do much more. You’ll find the staff and patrons of Bear Creek to be friendly and hospitable. The atmosphere lets you enjoy the moment. We truly are the most accessible and affordable golf destination in the Peace Region.