ClubCorp Opens Bear's Best Las Vegas

DALLAS - ClubCorp, the world leader in delivering premier golf, private club, and resort experiences, announced today the official opening of Bear's Best Las Vegas, a unique, daily fee golf course concept featuring hole replications of designs by golf legend Jack Nicklaus.

Bear's Best Las Vegas - Jack Nicklaus course - desert feel
You'll never forget you're in the desert at Bear's Best.
Bear's Best Las Vegas - Jack Nicklaus course - desert feel

The golf club is located in The Ridges, part of the exclusive Summerlin community about 20 minutes from the Las Vegas strip.

The course is the first such project resulting from a 1998 joint venture agreement between ClubCorp and the Nicklaus companies to develop properties together. Bear's Best Atlanta is scheduled to open this summer.

The joint venture also has developed the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park, Kansas, near Kansas City, and the Nicklaus Golf Club at Birch River in Dahlonega, Georgia, near Atlanta. These private clubs, featuring Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses, opened in 2001.

With stunning views of Las Vegas and Nevada's Red Rock Mountains, Bear's Best Las Vegas includes a collection of holes from celebrated Nicklaus courses. Among the replicated holes are Castle Pines No. 14, PGA West Nos. 6 and 10, and Cabo del Sol No. 12.

Jack Nicklaus selected and carefully maintained the integrity of each original hole. The clubhouse décor includes photos, plaques, and other items from the Golden Bear's legendary career. The golf club also includes a premier practice facility and a golf academy that provides group and individual instructional clinics.

Bear's Best Las Vegas, specifically designed for group play and corporate entertainment, features a 3,000-square-foot dining and banquet facility and a 5,000-square-foot pavilion. The Bear's Best staff provides professional tournament organization including transportation arrangements, hole contests, professional scoreboards, photography, and tournament awards and gift packages.

Every group is accompanied on the course by a forecaddie who will assist with yardages and course information, repair ball marks, rake bunkers, clean clubs, and generally make the round more enjoyable for guests.

"The goal of the Bear's Best properties is to provide the ultimate golf and entertainment experience," said Richard Ellis, managing director of Bear's Best. "This is an exciting time for ClubCorp and the Nicklaus companies."

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About ClubCorp

Founded in 1957, Dallas-based ClubCorp has $1.7 billion in assets. Internationally, ClubCorp owns or operates more than 200 golf courses, country clubs, private business and sports clubs and resorts. Among the company's nationally recognized golf properties are Pinehurst in the Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina (the world's largest golf resort, home to the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Opens); Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, (site of the 2002 Senior PGA Championship); Indian Wells Country Club in Indian Wells, California, (site of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic); The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia, (America's first resort founded in 1766); and Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, (home of the Kraft Nabisco Championship). The company's 23,000 employees serve the 500,000 club members and 250,000 guests who visit ClubCorp properties each year. Visit for additional company information.

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