The Course


The course itself will challenge golfers of all ability levels. The tee options range from the forward green tees measuring 5,416 yards with a course rating/slope of 69.8/121 to the most challenging black tees which measure 6,943 yards and have a course rating/slope of 72.6/130. The Bearkat Course is proud to host numerous PGA Playing Ability Tests as well as college and high school events throughout the season.

The Bearkat Course is also home to the Sam Houston State PGA Golf Management program, the Sam Houston State University Bearkats, Huntsville Hornets, and New Waverly Bulldogs.

The Holes

Hole 1, 521-422 yd

Reachable in two this par five favors shots from the right side of the fairway. The green provides the challenge on this hole.

The first hole is long and narrow with a slight curve to the left. The first two tee boxes are detached.

Hole 2, 441-381 yd

This challenging par four will test you from tee to green. The playable error is to the right side of the fairway.

The second hole is shorter with counter curves setting up a straight line to the hole.

Hole 3, 470-360 yd

Another healthy par four favoring a tee shot played to the right. Trouble surrounds the large undulating green.

The three hole features a sharp left curve with waterways separating the tee boxes from the fairway.

Hole 4, 202-135 yd

This deceiving green is longer than it is wide. Additionally the bowl like effect surrounding the green will funnel errant shots.

The fourth hole is shorter with 3 sand banks and tee boxes connected.

Hole 5, 461-413 yd

Arguably one of the prettiest holes on the course. A bold carry over the fairway bunker will be rewarded with a short shot into the green.

The fifth way is split in the middle by a water way with multiple sand banks located next to the putting green.

Hole 6, 174-100 yd

A welcomed relief comes in this shorter par three. The green provides challenges with undulations from back to front and left to right.

The sixth hold is surrounded by waterways with a paw print sand bank in the middle.

Hole 7, 409-282 yd

Position from this tee is rewarded over length. Longer hitters may attempt to carry the bunker on the left side.

The seventh hole bends and turns multiple times on your way to the hole.

Hole 8, 158-100 yd

This straight forward par three is a welcomed birdie opportunity. A sloping green from front to back will punish a low shot.

The eigth hole is much shorter.

Hole 9, 509-383 yd

Well managed shots will be rewarded with the chance to score well. Play to your strengths in positioning yourself throughout this hole.

The ninth hole is also split by waterways while bending to the right.

Hole 10, 422-335 yd

Fairway slopes left to right. The uphill shot to the green requires plenty of club.

Hole 10 has a slight curve to the left with detached tee boxes

Hole 11, 441-381 yd

Straight forward par three. The difficulty lies on the green, balls collect to the back right portion of the green.

Hole eleven is hosrt with a straight line to the hole from the tee box.

Hole 12, 436-354 yd

Slight dogleg to the left. The tee shot will roll from left to right. Green is bisected from right to left by a subtle ridge.

Hole twelve curves to the right

Hole 13, 475-376 yd

Challenging par four. The bunker on the left side of the fairway may come into play off the tee for the longer hitter.

Tee boxes at hole thirteen are surrounded by waterways separating them from the fairway.

Hole 14, 532-421 yd

Reachable in two. This par five is guarded throughout it’s length by two creeks. Yardage control is required on all shots played from tee to green.

The fairway on hole fourteen is split into 3 sections.

Hole 15, 467-353 yd

Generally played into a prevailing wind this lengthy par four can be the most challenging on the course. The fairway slopes from right to left.

With detached tee boxes, hole fifthteen narrows and widens along the way.

Hole 16, 335-261 yd

This drivable par four can be very punishing if the green is not reached. Lay up to the left and the green will open to your approach.

Hole 16 bends sharply to the right near the putting green.

Hole 17, 211-179 yd

A visually intimidating and deceiving par three. The green can be very fast from front to back.

The fairway on hole 17 is small by the tee boxes are far out.

Hole 18, 545-441 yd

Favor the right side of the fairway from the tee. Longer hitters may carry the small pines. Large green undulations require an approach played with trajectory and spin.

Hole 18 has a long skinny fairway.

Rules & Regulations

Bearkat Course reserves the right to withdraw permission to use the golf course to anyone engaging in the following:

  • Threatening or abusive behavior to golf course staff or other players.
  • Damaging the golf course or golf course property.
  • Behavior that may cause injury to themselves or others.
  • Failure to follow golf course rules & regulations.

Register Upon Arrival

All players must register in the golf shop. Players must start play from either the first or tenth tee as directed by golf shop personnel. All players must have a valid receipt in their possession during play.

Golf Carts

  • Golf Cart operators must be at least 16 years of age, have a valid driver’s license, and observe posted golf cart usage rules.

  • Only two riders and two sets of golf clubs are permitted per golf cart.

  • Private golf carts are not allowed.

  • When the course is dry, you must use the 90 degree cart rule when driving on the course. Under this rule, carts are allowed on the fairway, but they must maintain a 90-degree angle from the cart path. You must take the cart path to a spot that is even with your ball, make a right angle turn and drive straight toward the ball. Golf carts should remain on the path with the course is wet. You must also lookout for holes that restrict golf carts to the cart path. This includes all par 3 holes.

  • Golf carts must kept 30 feet from greens and tees. Golf carts must be kept out of native grass areas.

Bring Your Own Equipment

Each player is required to have a set of golf clubs. Sharing sets is not permitted.


Proper attire is required. Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times. Bathing attire, cut off shorts, halter tops, tube tops, tank tops and similar types of recreational wear are not allowed. Metal spikes are prohibited on golf course property.

Number of Players

The maximum number of players allowed per group is four; no groups greater than four are permitted unless given permission by golf shop personnel.

Repair the Course

Players must repair all ball marks, rake bunkers, and fix divots.

Speed of Play

It is the goal of Bearkat Course Golf Cub to have all players complete their round in a maximum time of 4 hours and 15 minutes. It is the responsibility of each group to keep pace with the group ahead.

Check the Weather

Players should be aware of approaching, impending, or threatening weather. The Course does not have an inclement weather warning or detection system. Golfers play at their own risk.

Food & Beverages

  • Outside coolers, food, & beverages are not permitted. See The 19th Hole Lounge for food & beverages.

  • While alcohol is allowed for those 21 and older, players are not allowed to drink to the point of intoxication.


Music can be played, but the volume should be reasonable and not distract others.

Handicap Flag Policy

Bearkat Course Golf Club has the authority to restrict all golf carts to all cart paths at any time, including to those requesting a medical flag. Golfers wishing to receive a medical flag for golf cart usage must have a valid handicap parking sticker issued by the DMV or a doctor’s note and must receive permission from the golf shop staff.

If 2 players in the same group are requesting a medical flag, they must ride together.