And, as mentioned earlier, the emphasis here is on driving the ball. The King & Bear is the only golf course in the world that has been co-designed by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. /* GolfGuide.com */ With large Loblolly pines on the left side and a lake to the right, a long iron, hybrid or fairway wood is all you’ll need off the tee. The King & Bear golf course at The World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL is, in the words of co-designer Jack Nicklaus, “a collaboration of two friends, and an opportunity to bring a friendship together.” The “King” – Arnold Palmer – and “Bear” Jack Nicklaus, joined together to create a course where each hole exhibits characteristics of both players. From the back (Stone) tees, the course measures 7,279 yards with a course rating of 74.1 and a slope of 138. A pin placement on the right side is best attacked with a fade. Make your par and thank Arnie. Par is a great way to start. This course offers a mixture of two different design styles. It also makes for some fabulous playing conditions during the winter months. The front nine is an open, links-style layout that gives a nod to the heritage of the historic city of St. Augustine, Florida. A drive down the left side brings water and a coquina shelled waste area into play. These trees are spectacular to look at; that is until they impede your shot! The green is long and narrow with substantial undulation. Beware of the deep bunker long and left. Another nice touch are the free chilled apples on the 1st tee and as you make the turn at the 10th. The emphasis here is on a part of the game that both men were famous for – driving the golf ball. Regardless of how well you strike your drive, you’ll most likely be facing a long iron, hybrid or fairway wood into the green. David Theoret has been in the golf and golf travel industry for over 12 years, primarily selling online advertising. The King & Bear course offers five sets of tees, creating an enjoyable time for any level of golfer. Number 1: Par 4, 381 yards. At the time it was built, King & Bear was the only course in the world that the two had built together. The right side is the easier drive but brings a deep, menacing greenside bunker into play on your approach shot; too far right and you’ve got trees to deal with. What started as a dream years ago, by God’s grace, became a reality in 2015 when The Golfin’ Guy editorial marketing company was founded. The course is well maintained and the staff is warm, friendly and anxious to help you make the most of your golf experience at The King and Bear. © Copyright GolfGuide.com All Rights Reserved. Water hazards are plentiful too. The front nine is an open, links-style layout that gives a nod to the heritage of the historic city of St. Augustine, Florida. You’ll also find The Champion’s Grille, with food fit for a King – and a Bear! Number 6: Par 3, 157 yards. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Most men will get all they can handle from the Blue Tees (6,506/70.8/131), while the Ladies play from the Green Tees to a yardage of 5,119 (69.1/124). The course rating is 75.2 and it has a slope rating of 141. For the past seven years, he has also been a golf writer, reviewing golf courses, resorts, destinations, equipment, golf apparel, and training aids – the latter of which never seems to help. google_ad_width = 300; Subscribe to our newsletter and receive weekly digest. The restaurant is open for breakfast and doesn’t close until 7 pm, so you can grab a bite no matter when you finish. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. It’s s a short par 4 that requires accuracy off the tee. Compared to other Nicklaus courses, the greens are friendly, although the subtle breaks you find throughout this layout can spell trouble on the scorecard. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Palmer earned the nickname "The King" during his playing career, while Nicklaus adopted the "Golden Bear" moniker.. Learn how your comment data is processed. This course, located inside the World Golf Village, just two miles from the King & Bear, was designed by architect Bobby Weed, along with Golf Hall of Fame members Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen. Since 1997. Having an idea of where to hit you tee shot on some of the par 4 holes is something you will remember when you play the course a second time. It’s time to make a choice. World Golf Village, The Slammer & Squire and The King & Bear makes for a great weekend of golf, whether it’s a family outing or a mancation. There are also several large screen TVs where you can catch the latest sporting events as well as a daily happy hour. Not far from the clubhouse is a full length driving range with multiple targets, an impressive short game area and a large practice putting green. King & Bear. Throw in the World Golf Hall of Fame, where both designers are members, and the IMAX theater and what else can a golfer ask? Memorable Holes: (All Yardage is from the Blue Tees). During the winter month, King and Bear over seeds their tee boxes, fairways and greens, producing a brilliant green color which provides a stunning contrast to the dormant Bermuda grass. 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The King & Bear golf course at The World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL is, in the words of co-designer Jack Nicklaus, “a collaboration of two friends, and an opportunity to bring a friendship together.” An extremely large bunker guards the front right side of the green and catches many shots short of the green. There are no outrageously long carry shots from any tee, but there is a certain amount of strategy required if you want to score well. The traits of both designers are readily visible in this layout: coquina shelled waste areas and rock-fronted greens are found throughout the course. The King & Bear is the only golf course in the world that has been co-designed by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.