Great Bear Golf Club Honored by Golf Digest

POCONO MOUNTAINS, Pennsylvania - The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau has announced that Great Bear Golf Course & Country Club has been named one of Pennsylvania's best golf courses in Golf Digest Magazine's biennial ranking of the "America's Greatest Courses State by State 2007-08."

The Jack Nicklaus design - stretching to more than 7,000 yards from the tips and featuring five sets of tees - was rated No. 19 out of approximately 700 courses in Pennsylvania by Golf Digest raters.

Golf Digest's biennial best-in-state rankings are determined by the magazine's course rating panelists, a group of more than 800 low-handicap golfers who rated thousands of courses across the United States on a 10-point scale in various criteria to come up with the best courses in each state. There are roughly 17,000 golf courses in the country.

"Great Bear Golf & Country Club being recognized by Golf Digest raters is a well-deserved honor for this beautiful, challenging course and further evidence of the many quality golf options in the Pocono Mountains," says Robert Uguccioni, executive director of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. "With great courses like Great Bear and myriad other options in every price range, or to fit any skill level, it's time to discover golf in the Pocono Mountains."

In addition to the Nicklaus design, classic architects Donald Ross and A.W. Tillinghast are also represented in the Pocono Mountains. A popular destination for vacationers for generations, the Pocono Mountains have undergone a reinvention over the last few years with new and renovated courses and additional offerings for the entire family. The four-county region is an ideal spot for families to reconnect and relax in an authentic mountain setting.

Great Bear made the transition to a private facility this season. The course had been open to the public since being introduced to Northeastern Pennsylvania's mountain destination in 1997 and will remain available to non-club-member golf groups of 32 or more on Mondays and Tuesdays as well for those who have booked events such as a banquets or weddings.

For more information on Great Bear Golf Course & Country Club, call 570-223-2000 or visit For more information on the Pocono Mountains destination as a whole, visit

About the "Pocono Mountains: Discover Golf's Great Destination Secret"

The Pocono Mountains has long been known to avid travelers and mountain aficionados for its lush, relaxing family friendly ambiance and romantic setting, as well as its fall foliage, winter skiing, spring-summer outdoor recreation options and natural beauty. Numerous lakes, parks and other environmental wonderlands are found throughout the four-county Pocono Mountains region.

Discerning golfers are well aware that the Pocono Mountains are home to golf courses designed by renowned architects such as Donald Ross and A.W. Tillinghast. Pocono Mountains golf properties and value-laden golf packages are available on, which allows players to enjoy majestic mountain-view scenery, the area's natural splendor, year-round amenities and unequaled value and variety.

Attributes of the golf-and-resort properties and destination include:

• Home to hundreds of golf holes at numerous clubs, many located close to one another:
• Two NASCAR races held annually each spring-summer
• Golden Era of Golf Architecture period designs strongly represented by legendary designers Donald Ross and A.W. Tillinghast
• Golf, lodging and resort accommodations at all price points, from luxury to value
• Hiking, biking, camping, spas, horseback riding, boating, fishing, hunting and many other activities
• Attractions, festivals and other special events
• Meeting and conference facilities
• Great food at a wide array of eating establishments and resort restaurants
• Bed & breakfasts, country inns and resorts
• Antique shops, outlet malls and other unique shopping venues


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