The par-3 seventh hole looks a lot like the 12th at Augusta, complete with a slightly elevated tee looking at a wide green with little depth and is guarded in front by bunkers.
The par-5 15th looks like one at Muirfield Village, which last week hosted the Memorial. It has two small creeks going across different parts of the fairway.
No matter what your skill level or which of the five tee boxes you play from, you will dirty every club in your bag.
The 455-yard, par-4 third hole is the No. 1 handicap hole, thanks mainly to its length and blind tee shot.
However, I found the 405-yard, par-4 12th to be a signature hole. It is a sharp, dogleg right with the fairway tilted hard to the right where trees await.
Those trees are eerily close to the right side of the green. Several bunkers guard the left side of the narrow, deep green.
A slightly left-of-center pin placement means there is no getting up and down from those bunkers and right is dead.
Hit a ball to the proper part of the fairway and green and you've conquered the 12th.
Great Bear demands you do that on every hole.
Snyder said Great Bear is not where he wants it to be, stating there are "leftover scar areas" from the dormant 2012 season when First National allowed him and his staff to keep the course looking just good enough for a potential buyer.
From what I saw Monday, it right now is worth the trip for regional residents as well as tourists and professionals alike.
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ABOUT GREAT BEAR GOLF CLUB
Location: Just off Route 209, East Stroudsburg
First opened: In 1997 as Great Bear Golf & Country Club, a private course
Designer: Jack Nicklaus
Closed to play: 2012
Re-purchased: At auction by Charlie Kirkwood and others in fall 2012
Reopened: April 2013