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The World Golf Village, King & Bear Course

Two World Golf Pl, Saint Augustine, Florida, 32092
Type: Resort
No. Holes: 18
904-940-6088
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Architect: Arnold Palmer (138)
                       Jack Nicklaus (152)
                      
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About The World Golf Village, King & Bear Course

The World Golf Village, is a Resort, 36 hole golf course complex located in Saint Augustine, Florida.

The World Golf Village is the home of two championship golf courses, The King & Bear and The Slammer & Squire. Each of the par-72 courses offers five sets of tees and beautiful, tournament-ready course conditions year-round.

King & Bear, named for its co-designers, World Golf Hall of Fame members Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, is the first-and-only course design collaboration between two of golf's most respected and well-known ambassadors. Palmer and Nicklaus set out to create the 7,279-yard course as an eminently playable and picturesque course with memorable par-5's amid lakes, loblolly pines and 200-year-old live oaks. King & Bear is also rated among Golf Weeks Top Resort Courses.

This course has been ranked 12 times
Golf Course ranker Photo, David Theoret
Lakeland, FL
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Guest (cart included), played on Monday, May 2018 at 10:00 AM

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. For Nicklaus, it’s the wide fairways and generous landing areas off the tees whereas Palmer prefers the fast greens. At the time it was built, King & Bear was the only course in the world that the two had built together.

The King & Bear course offers five sets of tees, creating an enjoyable time for any level of golfer. From the back (Stone) tees, the course measures 7,279 yards with a course rating of 74.1 and a slope of 138. 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). It would be fitting to mention at this point that King & Bear has been ranked in the top 100 Women-Friendly Courses by Golf for Women Magazine.

The course meanders around pristine lakes and ponds with beautiful loblolly pines and stately oak trees throughout. These trees are spectacular to look at; that is until they impede your shot! The emphasis here is on a part of the game that both men were famous for – driving the golf ball. Water hazards are plentiful too. 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. It also makes for some fabulous playing conditions during the winter months. Another nice touch are the free chilled apples on the 1st tee and as you make the turn at the 10th. If you are inclines to walk the course, World Golf Village recently introduced a new caddy service. Check with the pro shop before your round to get more information.

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. Many players come to the King & Bear just to use the practice facilities. Range balls are included with your paid greens fee.

Inside the King & Bear clubhouse, you’ll find a full-service pro shop with all the latest logoed gear from top designers. There are men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers and changing facilities, so you can freshen up before heading home. You’ll also find The Champion’s Grille, with food fit for a King – and a Bear! The restaurant is open for breakfast and doesn’t close until 7 pm, so you can grab a bite no matter when you finish. For breakfast, you can’t go wrong with the Eggs Benedict and for lunch their chicken wings are big and meaty, and their burgers hit the spot. Rest assured, you won’t leave hungry. There are also several large screen TVs where you can catch the latest sporting events as well as a daily happy hour.

Memorable Holes: (All Yardage is from the Blue Tees)

Number 1: Par 4, 381 yards. At first glance, #1 gives you the idea that the landing area is very small, but trust me, there’s a lot of room there. Ideally, a tee shot over the water and bunker towards the left center of the fairway leaves a low to mid-iron approach into a well-guarded green. Par is a great way to start.

Number 6: Par 3, 157 yards. This par three that has it all: trees galore, water and beach bunkers. A pin placement on the right side is best attacked with a fade. Anything long and left may find the back bunker. The green is long and narrow with substantial undulation. There’s a bailout area short left of the green if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Number 10: Par 4, 375 yards. It’s time to make a choice. A drive down the left side brings water and a coquina shelled waste area into play. 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. The fairway slopes dramatically from right to left, so you may not have a choice. Another hole where par is a good score.

Number 15: Par 4, 311 yards. This is Mr. Palmer’s favorite hole on the course and is easily the most photographed. It’s s a short par 4 that requires accuracy off the tee. 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. From there, you’ll most likely have a short or iron or pitch shot over a stunning rock wall that surrounds the peninsular green; odds are that you’ll have to carry all or part of the water. Beware of the deep bunker long and left. Make your par and thank Arnie.

Number 16: Par 4, 416 yards. Jack Nicklaus has a favorite hole here as well. It’s Number 16, a brutally long par 4, dogleg right. The oak trees down the right side keep you honest while the Loblolly pines on the left catch any shot missed that way. One particular Loblolly sits on the left side of the fairway. Regardless of how well you strike your drive, you’ll most likely be facing a long iron, hybrid or fairway wood into the green. An extremely large bunker guards the front right side of the green and catches many shots short of the green.

Last Word: The best way to derive the most pleasure from this course is to play from the tees that best suit your handicap and playing ability. When in doubt, take Jack’s advice and tee it forward. The King & Bear will surely challenge the skilled golfer while providing player-friendly conditions for the novice.

The traits of both designers are readily visible in this layout: coquina shelled waste areas and rock-fronted greens are found throughout the course. 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. 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. And, as mentioned earlier, the emphasis here is on driving the ball. A good game from the tee boxes goes a long way in shooting a good score here. Compared to other Nicklaus courses, the greens are friendly, although the subtle breaks you find throughout this layout can spell trouble on the scorecard. To Arnie’s credit, the greens do tend to run fast. 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.

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. Throw in the World Golf Hall of Fame, where both designers are members, and the IMAX theater and what else can a golfer ask?

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 029154
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Chula Vista, CA

(cart included), played on Friday, April 2016 at 1:18 PM

Played this course after playing the Slammer and the Squire in the morning. Had to pay $288 for both courses and felt that was too high. Conditions were great and the combination of the King and the Bear design was not so obvious that it reflected negatively on the round. I have played Nicklaus courses before and the greens complexes tend to be very punitive but that was not the case on this course. I enjoyed this course a bit more than the Slammer and the Squire but my partner felt just the opposite. Anyway, very nice layout, challenging but not over the top. I just felt this should be a $80-$100 course - part of the reason is a higher tax imposed to support the World Golf Village and the Hall of Fame - by the way make sure you visit the Hall of Fame - well worth the less than $20 admission.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Expensive, but not worth it
 
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Rank ID # : 027961
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St Augustine, FL

$76 (cart included), played on Wednesday, July 2014 at 6am

Go play it

Would travel: 10-20 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 022301
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Holland, OH

Guest (cart included), played on Wednesday, April 2014 at 6am

Wonderful layout. Lots of water. Would play again but not pay the full price. Expensive compared to couple others in area.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Best course in the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 021737
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Cedar Park, TX

(cart included), played on Saturday, August 2012 at 6am

I rated the difficulty of the course as both a "Pro" and a "Con". This joint project by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus has a lot of bear in it, and imprecision is nearly fatal to your scorecard. If you're going to make mistakes, make them in front of the green; most approaches are open. It's a resort course, and a worthy destination course, so in that sense, you should enjoy it no matter how you play. But if you want to enjoy what you see on your scorecard at the end of the day, you'd better be good at something. In most cases, that "something" is your next shot--especially if your last one wasn't so good. Don't worry so much about your tee shots, as long as they're in play (and most will be). The premium challenge comes from approach shots and the short game.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 018562
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$101 (cart included), played on Monday, April 2011 at 10am

Great Course

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 013678
Golf Course ranker Photo, Lance Kulman
Puyallup, WA

Guest (cart included), played on Monday, April 2010 at noon

Absolutely, one of the best courses in Northeastern Florida. The greens putt true and were quick, but not too fast. Lots of water, but the fairway are wide. The GPS on each cart gives you accurate distances and play tips. Folks, this is what a quality course was meant to be. Outstanding.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Best course in the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 009673
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Solon, OH

$41 (cart included), played on Tuesday, August 2009 at 4pm

Played with my 14 year old son. Cost was reasonable for time of day. Great round of golf. All the short drive from world golf village.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 008872
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Solon, OH

$41 (cart included), played on Tuesday, August 2009 at 4pm

Played with my 14 year old son. Cost was reasonable for time of day. Great round of golf. All the short drive from world golf village.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 008871
Golf Course ranker Photo, Lance Kulman
Puyallup, WA

Guest (cart included), played on Sunday, February 2009 at noon

The King & the Bear is totally different from the Slammer & Squire. First, it is longer, wider fairways, not as many bunkers or water hazards. It seemed a little more forgiving because I wasn't at my best when I played it. My drives were all over the place, but most found the fairway. The greens seemed slower than its counter part. Course condition was great. Clubhouse was excellent and a great proshop. Great destination golf course(s)!

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 006188
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S Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Guest (cart included), played on Wednesday, August 2008 at 10am

Friendliest staff ever experienced

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Best course in the area
 
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Rank ID # : 004228
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Orange Park, FL

$126 (cart included), played on Friday, December 2007 at noon

The course is beautiful and the staff is friendly. However, the price is high so I would expect no less. The price will keep me from playing there often.

If you are in the area, it makes sense to play the course and get the check in the block for bragging rights. But, I would not make a special trip / vacation just for this course.

Would travel: 10-20 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Best course in the area
 
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Rank ID # : 001246
4.6/5
Based on 12 reviews
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