Family-owned for 22 years, Bear Creek Golf Club operators pride themselves on being accessible to speak with members. Although regular correspondence is sent out about course news and improvements, Bear Creek operators also extend an invitation to golfers to discuss any questions over coffee or out on the course.
Vast areas of green space on this 27- hole course were purposely left in a natural state to filter water, to control erosion, to eliminate the need for maintenance of these areas and to buffer natural areas. Creatures benefiting from these protected areas include geese, wild turkeys, deer, birds, mice, rabbits, racoons, skunks, frogs, turtles and beavers. Golfers are reminded to take care to avoid disturbing naturalized areas. As an extension of this effort, Bear Creek has had bee hives on the property for past two years.
Just as green space was carefully crafted at Bear Creek, so was the design for water storage ponds. They were built with emergency overflow catch basins and are large enough to carry the course through a drought. The Bear Creek water level is monitored and recorded daily as are water withdrawals. Bear Creek is currently drilling new wells to avoid using the creek for irrigation, but conservation efforts supplement this effort. The newly upgraded irrigation system allows for very precise watering and eliminates any waste.
When it comes to reducing chemical inputs, Integrated Pest Management (IPM)-trained staff address turf needs with precision and exacting timing. In order to understand how to maintain turf health using the latest technology and techniques, the two staff members continuously attend workshops and lectures, and correspond with other local turf managers as sources of expertise. Social media, text messages, personal visits and phone calls round out the ways these professionals keep in touch.
Along with hosting golf excursions, Bear Creek has facilities for banquets and weddings.