Made the trip up to Big Bear Saturday to check out Bear Mountain. I really did not know what to expect with this course, especially with it being a 9 hole course. They obviously have some pretty different weather up there compared to down here in the valley so I figured keeping a golf course up in those conditions would be difficult.
I was pleasantly surprised with the course conditions. The fairways well really really good. The were very few bare spots and some areas were almost like carpet. The rough was a bit "rough" with a lot of gopher holes and bare spots but we are supposed to keep it in the fairway so we can't complain too much. The greens were awesome and rocket fast. It took a couple holes to get used to them but they rolled great.
A few things about this course. First, it is extremely narrow. There are houses/condos and run through the middle of the course. Just to give you an idea, there is a sign on #8 that says, "You are 135yds from the middle of the green and 150yds from a $200 broken window." Awesome thought right before you hit your tee shot :). The greens and the next tee box are also extremely close together. You really have to pay attention at this place or you will be sitting in the clubhouse with an ice pack. Second, if you want to hit balls before your round, you have to drive (in your car not the golf cart) to the driving range. Just something to keep in mind. Finally, the ball does fly roughly 10% longer. You have to take this into account on shots into greens or you will be apologizing to the group on the next tee all day long.
Go check this place out if you are in the area. The surroundings alone are worth it. If you hit it relatively straight, you will have an awesome time. If you are spraying it around, well................» Close