Bear Creek Valley Golf Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 9.2

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Osage Beach, MO

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Bear Creek Valley Golf Club Review

Review and Rating of Bear Creek Valley Golf Club Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks.

Bear Creek Valley Golf Club was carved out of 250 acres of colorful, serene, and secluded Ozark forest along Little Bear Creek.  As such, during your round, you'll experience scenic meadows, river valleys, peace and quiet, lots of trees, and some big elevation changes.  In addition to that, some of the reasons we love this course and think it's a must-play if you are at Lake of the Ozarks include: 

  • with four tee boxes and yardages ranging from 4654 to 6775 yards, Bear Creek Valley is suitable for all skill levels
  • the course is scenic, fun, and challenging but fair
  • the conditions from tee to cup are excellent
  • each hole is different and unique and a joy to play
  • the course will throw a lot at you, ranging from dramatic uphill and downhill shots, blind shots, forced carries over water and well-guarded greens
  • it's peaceful and quiet except for an occasional cuss word and the sound of the golf ball ricocheting off the trees and the occasional sound of a jet boat skimming fast across the lake
  • the service is excellent and the marshalls focus on maintaining a good pace of play
  • the rates are reasonable for such a quality course
  • the Eggs Benedict for breakfast are superb
With all of that, it's not surprising that Bear Creek Valley Golf Club was voted "Favorite Course at Lake of the Ozarks" and that it made Golf Advisor's list of the "Top Missouri Golf Courses."
As we mentioned, each hole is a little different from the previous hole and some of the holes that we really enjoyed include:
  • #1 is a beautiful 389-yard par 4 that sets the stage for what to expect - an elevated tee shot, a carry over a pond to a downhill tree-lined fairway (spray it left or right and you're most likely lost) and another pond you need to carry to hit a small egg-shaped green
  • #6 is a 353-yard par 4 with a downhill drive from an elevated tee box to a tight landing zone and then back uphill with a creek to carry at 140 yards out to get to a green guarded by 3 bunkers
  • #14 is fun - a blind uphill shot from the tee box followed by a big downhill shot and a fairway that turns left in a tight valley leading to the green
  • #15 is a 345-yard par 4 with a risk-reward shot over the rough and a bunker to try to shorten the hole (you best be a good rough player) or aim for the fairway on the right but a big bunker awaits a shot too far left and a tree can easily block your approach to the green if your drive isn't perfect 
The zoysia fairways at Bear Creek Valley Golf Club were in very good condition but cut a little thick, which means you don't get a lot of extra roll.  The fairways range from wide-open let-er-rip to a little tight.  All of the fairways are tree-lined (no homes) and bordered by a wide and thick challenging rough.  Miss the rough (which was thick and challenging when we played) and you're lost in the forest. 
The bentgrass greens at Bear Creek Valley range in shape and size with most being a tad above average.  They were in near perfect condition when we played, ran true and smooth, but a tad slow around 8 or so.  A narrow thin and little thicker collar surround the greens.

Don't miss the opportunity to play this fantastic course and make sure you try the delicious Eggs Benedict for breakfast!

Best Eggs Benedict on the lake

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,155 69.2 126
White 5,509 65.6 119
Gold 6,775 71.5 130
Red 4,953 67.7 117

Course Information

Greens Type:
Bent Grass
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Fairway Condition
Bunker Condition
Beware of water on 18 holes and the 21 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
9.2 out of 10
Fun to Play:
Front Nine Rating:
Back Nine Rating:


Approximate Weekend
$55.00 to $69.00

Service is excellent and very outgoing. The pace of play is perfect and the marshalls make sure of that! The restaurant is superb with breakfast (the eggs benedict are outstanding!), lunch, and dinner and a deck overlooking the first hole. Practice facilities are good but the pro shop is small with limited equipment.



Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating

The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this:  links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course.  In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40.  We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.