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The King & The Bear

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 05:42 PM

Last July I went over to World Golf Village and played The King & The Bear and The Slammer & The Squire.  What lured me over there was the chance to see the Nicklaus display they had set up in the museum and the chance to play Jack & Arnie's course.  At the time King & Bear offered a rate of $115 to play all day w/cart, range balls, and breakfast and lunch included.  I figured breakfast and lunch would be a microwaved egg mcmuffin and a hot dog, but I was grossly mistaken.  Breakfast was anything off the grille menu...so I had three eggs over easy, bacon & ham, hash browns, toast, coffee.  Lunch was again almost anything off the menu...I had a half pound hamburger, fries, and a large pitcher of sweet tea - I apparently looked very unhealthy at lunch, as soon as I walked in the grille a concerned looking waitress asked if she could get me something to drink.  97 degrees and 95% humidity had me wanting to passout or puke more than once.  The clubhouse, pro shop, and the grille inside were all first rate...lots of Arnie and Jack stuff abound.  I acquired more than the usual souveniers - including three books on Jack & Arnie...one in particular tells quite a story about the wizzing contest that went on between Jack and Arnie while they were building the course.
The course itself was phenomenal, one of the more enjoyable rounds of golf I've played.  Even though they had punched the greens and fairways about ten days before, they had gone back and top dressed the entire course so everything rolled smooth.  Some of my favorite holes were 5, 8, 16, & 17.  I even managed a couple of birides at 10 & 12 only to give them back with a double bogey at the short 16th.  I originally thought Jack had done one side and Arnie the other, but actually the holes are intermingled.  Arnie's holes tend to have smaller fairways and large greens, Jack's have larger fairways and smaller greens.  The course also had a barrel of iced apples at the 1st and 10th tees, which I thought was neat.  To top it all off I was paired with three guys from out of town who turned out to be great playing partners.  Funny how that works out sometimes.  If you're in the Jax area and have the time, King & Bear is a great round of golf.

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