The King & Bear:

Arnie and Jack's Florida Masterpiece .

A couple exits south of Jacksonville on I95 is The World Golf Village, a sprawling tribute to everything golf. A little west of the complex on 9 Mile Road, is a private residential enclave that features a uniquely wonderful compilation design by arguably the two biggest names in golf. Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, two if the games most noted players and designers, have carved a beautifully crafted routing with rolling fairways, vast ponds and trademark drivability. The course rolls around expansive ponds lined with beach bunkers and vast woodlands. A very driver friendly design, The King and Bear also presents tricky, well protected green sites guarded by slope, elevation change and plenty of water and sand. A great blend of length, precision and shot shaping is needed to face this challenging course of legends as a perfect addition to the World Golf Village Resort.

Course Stats:

Par 72, 5119 – 7279 yards, rated 68.8 – 75.2, slope rating 123 – 141

Daily Fee Access and for guests of The World Golf Village Resort


St. Augustine, Florida



Hole 1   Hole 5   Hole 6   Hole 15  
Par 4 HCP 5 Par 5 HCP 15 Par 3 HCP 17 Par 4 HCP 4
Green 342 Green 434 Green 125 Green 220
White 371 White 497 White 147 White 302
Blue 381 Blue 519 Blue 157 Blue 311
Black 399 Black 532 Black 180 Black 334
Stone 426 Stone 546 Stone 194 Stone 360


Feature Holes Descriptions:

The opening hole is a Par 4 with plenty of teeth. Your first drive of the round is over water and a huge beach bunker, best played with a left to right ball flight to avoid the hazards. The multi-tiered green guarded by traps in front will test your putting right out of the gate. The first of the Par 5 holes, Number 5 is a tricky risk / reward dogleg right. A vast pond and another beach bunker tempt the big hitter, while a well placed pot bunker hides in the middle of the expansive fairway right it the landing area on your second shot. The Par 3 sixth hole plays back over the pond and another enormous beach bunker. The heavily sloped green is raised and well protected by bunker fingers. A back right pin is flat out nasty here. Mr. Palmer identifies Hole 15 as one of his favourite designs. A short Par 4, this hole can be played many ways to avoid the water right and the stone facing protecting the green jutting out into the pond.


The King and The Bear
1 king and Bear Dr,
St. Augustine, Florida,
(904) 940-6200