Jack Attack: Tour the best of Nicklaus golf at Bear's Best Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS -- Bear's Best Las Vegas fairs better than most replica courses in delivering a fun and interesting round of golf.
Jack Nicklaus recreated some of the best holes from his design career, dipping into an all-star roster of clubs, such as Castle Pines in Colorado; El Dorado, Pamilla and Cabo del Sol in Mexico; and Old Works in Montana, to name a few.
Purists might grumble seeing black bunkers one moment (on the par-3 fourth) with flowing white waste areas (on the par-4 fifth) and pines lining the fairway (on the par-5 eighth) coming up seemingly out of the blue, but that's the point. You're on a journey throughout North America. Just enjoy the ride.
There's no disputing the scenery and challenge of playing Bear's Best, located in a striking setting 20 minutes from the Strip. The layout explores an exclusive neighborhood of million-dollar homes at times overlooking the Strip. The back nine climbs toward the mountains for a handful of secluded holes before returning closer to the clubhouse.
Golfers finish on one of Sin City's hardest holes, the demanding par-4 18th that mimics the finishing hole on the Tournament Course at PGA West in California.
Good luck beating Jack at his own game. Nobody does. Just ask Tiger.
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