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Building the Perfect Beast at Bear Trap Dunes

Bear Trap Dunes, Ocean View DE


Golfers need not travel overseas to play the wild, wind-swept links of Scotland. That's because Rick Jacobson, a former associate of Jack Nicklaus, has designed a layout in the tradition of knobbly sticks, niblicks and spoons right here on the East Coast.

Located in Ocean View, DE, Bear Trap Dunes blends the ruggedness of a links-style layout with the design elements of a modern, target-style stadium course. It's a mixture that successfully captures the look and feel of the Atlantic Ocean just three miles away.

"Bear Trap Dunes is visually unique because of its ample use of sand dunes—adhering to the coastal area’s natural terrain," said Jacobson, who has won numerous awards for his course designs. "Because of strategically placed dunes, grassy hollows, bunkers and water hazards, players will have to ‘think’ their way through each hole."

Bear Trap Dunes opened its first 18 holes in the summer of 1999. A third nine was added several years later. Dubbed the Grizzly, Kodiak and Black Bear, the three layouts compliment each other to a tee. Jacobson masterfully transformed the flat agricultural site into a playing field that has taken on the familiar characteristics of the coastal Delaware landscape. Knee-high grasses, marshy hazards, untamed sand dunes bordering traps and bunkers, and the addition of assorted bumps and swales seem to mirror nature itself while combining to create one beast of a course.

Bear Trap DunesExcept for a handful of holes, the course is treeless and exposed to the four winds. Fortunately, like his mentor, Jacobson has always believed in designing holes that have generous fairways. It's a good thing, too. Just about every hole at Bear Trap Dunes is lined with trouble, whether it be wetlands, fairway bunkers, open dune areas or scrub brush. Water also comes into play on most shots. Still, in a nod to the resort crowd, there are very few forced carries.

From the impeccably groomed oversized greens to the wooden bridges that ferry golfers over protected waste areas, everything about Bear Trap Dunes pampers golfers with a world-class golf experience that will leave you growling for more.

Bear Trap Dunes is one of several great layouts near Delaware's family-friendly shore area that participate in Tee Time Golf Pass, the Mid-Atlantic's #1 player passbook. Golfers can also enjoy substantial savings at nearby Bayside Resort, Baywood Greens, Heritage Hills, The Rookery and Salt Pond, proving once again that with Tee Time, "golf prices don't have to be a beach."

In fact, golfers who travel the Mid-Atlantic with their clubs in tow will find hundreds of courses to play in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia with Tee Time Golf Pass. And they'll save $10-$50 each time they tee up. From local favorites to regional and destination hotspots like Ocean City, Atlantic City, Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, Pinehurst and Myrtle Beach, you're sure to find the best courses and the best prices with Tee Time.

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