Bear Lake Reserve Opens Nicklaus Course

Jack Nicklaus Design has crafted a 1,932-yard, par-29 course for Bear Lake Reserve, a resort community in Tuckasegee, N.C. The family-friendly, nine-hole layout in the development, located 55 miles east of Asheville, opened July 5.

"We want to encourage not only parents to play this great game, but also their kids," said Bo Alexander, superintendent and director of golf at Bear Lake Reserve. "Bear Lake Reserve offers an inviting golf experience that the entire family can enjoy without feeling intimidated."

Summit Golf Course features seven par-3s and two par-4s suitable for beginners and children learning the game. It also has a comprehensive practice facility. The course offers views of the surrounding mountains and forest, while golfers share the fairways with deer, foxes and wild turkeys.

Summit was laid out to fit into the natural environs of Bear Lake Reserve. Its fairways wind around forested areas with minimal disruption to the terrain, resulting in a course where golf and nature peacefully co-exist.

About Bear Lake Reserve

The golf course is the latest addition to Bear Lake Reserve, which offers an array of outdoor activities - including boating, fishing and hiking - for all ages.

The resort is located on 2,100 acres in an area where the Blue Ridge Mountains meet the Smokies. The master-planned community is designed for active families who want to connect with the great outdoors. With 13 miles of shoreline, Bear Lake Reserve offers an array of lake activities such as swimming, boating, kayaking and water skiing. The Lake Club boasts a tavern, theater room, kid's activity center, fitness center and restaurant.

Bear Lake Reserve offers home sites, cottages and condominiums for sale from $500,000 to $725,000. Rental units are available to guests on a nightly, weekly or monthly basis. For more information call 877/232-7553 or visit