Golfweek magazine recognizes Bear’s Best Atlanta in its 2005 “Top 40 America’s Best New Courses” List

The Top 40 America’s Best New Courses list recognizes the high quality that architects and builders have delivered at the top 40 public, private, and resort courses all of which opened in 2003 and 2004.

Bear’s Best Atlanta, a member of the ClubCorp family, ranked at No. 36 and is the only course in the state of Georgia to make the list. Located in Suwanee, Georgia, just 35 minutes north of downtown Atlanta, Bear’s Best is a legacy of Jack Nicklaus’ greatest designs. Appropriately named Bear’s Best, this premier daily fee golf club features 18 replicated holes from Nicklaus’ courses such as Muirfield Village, Shoal Creek, Castle Pines Golf Club, and Scotland’s Gleneagles. Nicklaus planned each hole with great care in order to capture every detail of the originals, from elevation changes to bunkering to vegetation.

The list derives from the efforts of Golfweek‘s America’s Best course raters. This nationwide team of 385 evaluators regularly surveys more than 1,800 golf courses and renders their judgment on the basis of 10 standards of evaluation. The criteria for evaluating the golf courses may be found at

About Bear’s Best Atlanta
In addition to 18 holes of golf, Bear’s Best Atlanta features a clubhouse with Nicklaus memorabilia, dining facilities, outdoor pavilion, and pro shop, and is designed to accommodate corporate entertainment.

About ClubCorp
Founded in 1957, Dallas-based ClubCorp has approximately $1.5 billion in assets. Internationally, ClubCorp owns or operates nearly 200 golf courses, country clubs, private business and sports clubs, and resorts. Among the company’s nationally recognized golf properties are Pinehurst in the Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina (North America’s largest golf resort, home to the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Opens); Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio (site of the 2003-2005 World Golf Championships – NEC Invitational); Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California (home of the Kraft Nabisco Championship); and The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia (America’s first resort founded in 1766). The more than 60 business clubs and business and sports clubs include the Boston College Club; City Club on Bunker Hill in Los Angeles; Citrus Club in Orlando, Florida; Columbia Tower Club in Seattle; Metropolitan Club in Chicago; Tower Club in Dallas; and the City Club of Washington, D.C. The company’s 18,000 employees serve the nearly 200,000 member households and 200,000 guests who visit ClubCorp properties each year. Visit for additional company information.

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