Set among pristine lakes, beautiful loblolly pines, and stately oak trees, King & Bear in St. Augustine, Florida was the only collaboration between golf's greatest legends, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Each hole contains design characteristics of both players to create a unique layout in northern Florida.
Located at the World Golf Village, a residential golf complex that also features the World Golf Hall of Fame, the King & Bear golf course gets its name from both designers. Palmer earned the nickname "The King" during his playing career, while Nicklaus adopted the "Golden Bear" moniker.
Both inducted in the inaugural class in 1974, the two World Golf Hall of Fame members put the spotlight on their decades-old friendship, rather than their storied rivalry, to create the co-design.
Representing their shared love of golf course design, King & Bear measures 7,279 yards from the back tees and 5,119 yards from the forward tees and Palmer and Nicklaus put their heads together and the resulting golf course is beautiful, challenging, and remarkable.
She's a Beauty
This is a fantastic golf course with some of the best conditions you will see at any public course. It is very challenging with a wide variety of bunker placement and big greens. The bunkers are strategically placed to penalize any bombers off the tee. If you can take the Florida humidity, I suggest trying it out in the summer as it will be significantly cheaper.
Worth every penny
If you're like me and search for deals and try to get the best bang for your buck, you can be pretty critical of courses you pay over $100. But this course is worth it. Play this course if you have the chance. If you're making a golf trip to St. Augustine this has to be in it. We played TPC dye's Valley, St. John's, Slammer and Squire as well. And this was everyone in our group's number one. Hole 15 was one of my favorite courses I've ever played. Conditions are immaculate.
Second time playing this course and it couldn't be any better. The conditions were great and the sight lines were phenomenal. Jack and Arnie designed a gem and the upkeep has been great. If you're in the area it's a must play, as well as slammer. Not too much water in play, but just enough to make you think twice on certain shots.
Treated Like Family!
Our party of 8 from Ormond Beach FL had a fabulous time with Captain Steve, Brian and Sadie Tonight. They made us feel like part of their sailing family and they provided plenty of warm blankets, hot chocolate, other beverages & interesting stories.
No place like home
Right now I am on assignment at Palm Beach and have the opportunity to play truly beautiful courses at Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, and Vero Beach. However, whenever I have a chance, I drive home to spend time with the family and to enjoy the incomparable experience to play King and the Bear. Beautiful lay out, panoramic views, and a truly unique experience. A bit windy of a day, but pace of play was perfect and the putting greens were very true! A most enjoyable experience!!
Incredible course with impeccable service!
From the moment we got there, we were treated with the utmost appreciation! We hit balls at the range and were politely notified our tee time was approaching. We were told of the course, Jack and Arnie's influence, etc. On the course, we enjoyed lush fairways and immaculate greens! Even the cart girl (Madison) was fantastic!! What an incredible opportunity to play here! Also, we stopped in the. At after and receivee amazing service from Brittany! Will definitely be back!