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Nicklaus-Designed Great Bear Golf Club to Reopen With New, Local Ownership

Shawnee on Delaware, PA - November 8, 2012 - Great Bear Golf Club, formerly known as Great Bear Golf & Country Club, is now under new, local ownership. The new operator of the club also owns the nearby Shawnee course, an original Tillinghast design.

Great Bear, the area’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, opened to stellar reviews in 1997 and operated as a private club through 2011. New ownership of Great Bear is excited to create an extraordinary atmosphere for its members and is looking forward to its much-anticipated grand re-opening scheduled for the spring of 2013.

Just prior to the recent acquisition of Great Bear, a dinner and presentation at the historic Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, led by owner Charlie Kirkwood, was held for former members and the entire Great Bear Homeowners Association. With 140 in attendance, participants were encouraged to make candid comments and suggestions in an effort to solicit their ideas for the success of the club going forward.

According to Mr. Kirkwood, “The input from former members and Great Bear homeowners will be a great help to us in considering how to position the course. We were extremely encouraged to see the genuine enthusiasm expressed for Great Bear and the many valuable ideas shared. We look forward to the grand re-opening and to keeping our neighbors apprised of our plans and improvements as they develop along the way.”

“Through the first of the year, our focus will be on past members interested in returning to Great Bear and then reaching out to potential new members. The level of response and commitment to membership will dictate the direction of our marketing in the new year. Those interested are encouraged to log on to our website at for details on membership, which will be available [ ].”

Kirkwood continued, “Our sales team will begin to market weddings, reunions and private parties. A calendar of events is also being developed for members’ programs, golf outings and social events.”

Improvements have already begun at Great Bear. The greens were recently aerated; bunker refurbishment is underway and a local company has been contracted to pave the entire parking lot and driveway.

About Great Bear Golf Club
18 Holes - Par 71 - 7,025 Yards - Tee to Green Bent Grass - Tee to Green Irrigation - No Parallel Fairways

“Integrating the three lakes, several streams, wetlands, small bridges and rolling terrain, Nicklaus has created a course that presents itself differently to golfers of varying skill. For the experienced player, the course offers interesting challenges and pro tees that will bring out your strongest game. Yet it's also designed to be a course with the ultimate in playability, ensuring enjoyable round after round, revealing its intricacies and craftsmanship the more you play it. Great Bear is destined to be one of the Golden Bear's great ones.” -

• Architecture Award 2007-2008 & Top 20 Courses in Pennsylvania - Golf Digest
• Americaʼs Best Courses - Golfweek
• Rated 4 Stars -
• Top 100 US Women-Friendly Courses - Golf for Women
• Host to a Nationwide Tour Qualifier

Great Bear Golf Club Contact Information
Mr. Rob Howell - General Manager
Phone: (570) 223-2000 / Fax: (570) 223-8510
Postal Address: 1 Great Bear Way, East Stroudsburg, PA 18302-8275


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List of Accolades

The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort would like to thank the all of the organizations that have recognized our efforts towards excellence. We are a proud member of the community and look forward to working together to continue providing outstanding service.


Trip Advisor for Business: Certificate of Excellence

Certificate of Excellence


Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Associations -National General Manager of the Year, Rob Howell


Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Associations Chef’s Palate Award for “Best Use of Local and Organic Ingredients”-Chef "G"
Award of Excellence “Most Creative Booth” from the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Expo 2010
Save Our Planet Award, The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce
Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association-Rob Howell, General Manager of the Year
Community Service Award, The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau
Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau-Jeromy Wo, Public Relations Coordinator, Brand Hero
American Legion Auxiliary-Certificate of Appreciation



The Pocono Business Journals Green List
The Monroe County Historical Associations Historical Preservation Award
The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau's Outstanding Tourism Employee - Will Stryeski
The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau's Green Award - The Shawnee Inn and Gold Resort
Voted Best Place to Work by Happenings Magazine
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Save Our Planet Award
The Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association's General Manager of the Year Nomination - Rob Howell


Voted Best Place to Work by Happenings Magazine
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerces Save Our Planet Award
The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureaus Outstanding Tourism Employee Rob Howell, General Manager
Outstanding Women in Business Monica Startari, Director of Marketing
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerces Chairman of Business Award Charlie Kirkwood, Owner
Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Associations General Manager of the Year Nomination Rob Howell, General Manager


The National Recreation Area of the Delaware Water Gaps Conservation Award
The American Cancer Societys Certificate of Appreciation for being First Property in the Pocono Mountains to go Smoke-Free
Bizzy Awards Best Overall Business