After being closed for four years, the par 3 golf course at South Bear has been re-opened for a few weeks.
It is now called Bear Paw and is operated by Nitehawk
Assistant General Manager Johnathan Clarkson describes the re-opening as “a big success.”
” I think the community was really ready for it. They were ready for it last year to re-open, but, unfortunately, due to a few things, it didn’t re-open. This year, we’ve got a brand-new clubhouse, which is really exciting. The one that was there before was burned down by vandals two years ago, so the city has invested in a new clubhouse. We’ve got artificial greens and artificial tee boxes.”
He adds the facility includes more than golf.
“We’ve also got 35 camp sites that will definitely come into good use this summer because there’s 12 weekends of ball tournaments booked at the (South Bear) ball diamonds.”
Clarkson says this is good place for new and experienced players.
“You can come out, get your practice in, get your kids into the game, go around with no restrictions, that kind of thing of taking too much time and having a course marshal pushing you along, which doesn’t work so well with kinds.”
Nitehawk has a three-year contract with the city to run the course.
(photo from the Bear Paw Facebook page)