18 of Nicklaus' favorites are at Bear's Best Las Vegas, Nevada (March 30, 2010)–When you’re one of more than 50 Las Vegas area golf courses looking for an edge to attract players, having the words ‘Best Of Las Vegas’ associated with your layout means you’re at the top of your game. That’s exactly what Bear’s Best Las Vegas has done with the recent honor of the Las Vegas Review Journal’s staff pick as 2010 Best Golf Course—By Bill Bowman.

It’s the second time in three years this Jack Nicklaus-designed course has won the honor given by Nevada’s largest daily newspaper. And Jim Stanfill, General Manager at Bear’s Best, admits the award says plenty about the course. “We couldn’t ask for a better name…’Best of Las Vegas’,” Stanfill said. “That says it all. It’s great to be recognized. And it’s great for the staff that always shines when it comes to service.”

Bear’s Best Las Vegas features 18 of Jack’s favorite golf holes from the West. He’s also added to the experience by bringing in features that replicate the ambience of these holes. There are black slag bunkers from the Old Works Course in Montana (the 4th and 11th holes). There are palm trees from PGA West private course (the first hole) and pine trees from Castle Pines in Colorado (the 8th hole). There are also golf holes from Scottdale’s Desert Mountain, Bear Creek Country Club from Murrieta, Calif., Palmilla Golf Club in Los Cabos, Mexico, and many more. And they are all right in the middle of famed Las Vegas weaved together beautifully … both from a golf standpoint and visually.

“Because there are so many great courses in Las Vegas, having a course like Bear’s Best is very unique,” Stanfill added. “On the course, you never know what to expect next from this collection of Jack’s designs.” What Nicklaus does for players is make the course playable for everyone. Generous fairways give players plenty of room off the tee. But, then the course starts to show its toughness. “The bunkering on the course and around the greens is very challenging,” Stanfill added. “But overall, this is a course that everyone can play.”

With yardages ranging from 5,043 yards to PGA Tour length 7,194 (it did play host to the Las Vegas PGA Tour stop for one year in 2004), players can choose the challenge best suited to their game. And there’s more to Bear’s Best Las Vegas that just great golf. Bear’s Best has flex pricing, giving players the best rates available depending on the day and time they want to tee it up. Before or after the round, stop at Jack’s Place for a bite to eat. Or just check out the Nicklaus memorabilia that adorns the walls in the restaurant and clubhouse. After all, you wouldn’t expect anything less from Las Vegas’ best.

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