Jack Nicklaus unveils newly restored Bear’s Paw at club’s 35th Anniversary

Bear’s Paw Country Club, the first Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course in Southwest Florida, completed its renovation in time for the Golden Bear to celebrate the club’s 35th anniversary. The course, which opened in December 1980, has a special place in Nicklaus’ design résumé as just the 16th layout to feature Jack’s design work and the third in the state of Florida (now home to 30 Nicklaus Design courses). Jack’s restoration and renovation work included re-grassing of fairways and roughs; rebuilding all 18 greens; rebuilding all bunkers; the installation of a state-of-the-art irrigation system, concrete cart paths, and new comfort stations on both nines; and restored practice facilities.