BEST PUBLIC GOLF COURSE - 2004
Bear Creek Golf Course
Crafted by Nicklaus Design's Bill O'Leary, Bear Creek is built for quality speed on a local's paycheck. Subtle risk/reward scenarios meet you on each of the links-style holes, with water, sand and, most often, snarly desert scrub, waiting to eat an errant or ill-conceived shot.
In the off-season, you can have this private-club-caliber golf challenge for around $20. And you can often bag 18 holes in three to four hours.
Bear Creek also includes an 18-hole short course, which is ideal for a quick golf outing with the kids.
And don't worry, you can't smell the poop water.
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