When Bear’s Paw Country Club was developed beginning in the late 1970’s, it became the first Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course on Florida’s west coast.
Since that time, through a vibrant membership that owns the club to extensive renovations and upgrades in 2015 and in 2018, Bear’s Paw has become one of Naples’ most sought-after residential golf country club communities.
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus’ nickname is The Golden Bear, and his course architecture and design firm were the inspiration for the club’s name.
Bear’s Paw is ideally located on a 245-acre piece of land on Golden Gate Parkway at the intersection of Airport-Pulling Road. This in-town location provides convenient access to everything Naples has to offer while the serenity and natural beauty within the guard-gated private entrance makes you feel you’re a million miles away.
Bear’s Paw Country Club Real Estate
There are just 30 impressive, estate-sized single-family homes here as well as 90 villas and 192 distinctive condominium residences. Only 16 homes are located along a wide, navigable canal that leads to the Gordon River and out to Naples Bay and the open waters of the Gulf.
There are a total of 297 residential properties in Bear’s Paw located in unique neighborhoods like The Village at Bear’s Paw, Bear’s Paw Lakeview and Bear’s Paw Villas.
Condos range in price from approximately $250,000 to around $400,000, while single-family home prices range from about $600,000 to approximately $3 million.
As an example, one of the most significant estate homes is in The Landings at Bear’s Paw and is 4,000 square feet with 4-bedrooms and 4.5-baths, offering 2 stories of luxurious waterfront living. The home features an office, a huge outdoor living area and waterfront access to the Gulf of Mexico right at your back door. The property is marketed at $3,100,000.
If the condo lifestyle is what you’re looking for, there is a 3-bedroom, 2-bath corner unit on the first floor directly on the golf course with 2,000 square feet of living area.
The unit boasts an oversized master suite and glass doors along the entire rear to allow for optimum course views. The property sold in 2021 for $550,000. Condominium Association fees here are $2,500 per year.
There are Master Homeowners Association, (HOA), fees of $2,400.00 per quarter and annual Club Fees of $4,665.00
Bear’s Paw Amenities
It makes sense that this pristine, expertly designed Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course is a main attraction to those who live in Bear’s Paw, but there are so many more amenities here that the members enjoy.
The course itself was described by Nicklaus himself as “one of the most unique golfing communities in the nation,” and the course underwent extensive updating and renovations in 2015.
Improvements included all new greens, new short-game and putting practice areas, new bunkers and new irrigation system. There are only 297 golf memberships available, meaning easy access to tee times and uncrowded rounds of under 4-hours.
The membership voted in 2018 to completely level the existing clubhouse and created a stunning new clubhouse that rivals any in the state.
Here you can join friends and neighbors for a delicious lunch or dinner either indoors or on the beautiful lanai or attend one of the many special event dinners the club organizes, like live music nights, Holiday dinners and seasonal welcome back parties.
You may want to start your day with a brisk workout in the state-of-the-art fitness center, offering a relaxing view of the course while you exercise.
Tennis lovers appreciate the 4 Har-Tru courts and full tennis program offering events and league play, or you can challenge friends to a rousing game of pickleball on the new courts.
Along the southern boundary of Bear’s Paw is the Gordon River, and the club offers dock and lift space for lease to members. Boaters can cruise down the river to Naples Bay, which leads to the shimmering waters and world-class fishing of the Gulf of Mexico.
Bear’s Paw is a bundled membership community with membership included in the purchase of a residential property. There is also a non-equity, golf membership initiation fee of $35,000 and annual golf dues of about $12,000.
Social Membership Fees are around $3,000 with annual dues of $1,500.
Bear’s Paw Country Club Surrounding Area
The ideal location of Bear’s Paw in the heart of Naples on Golden Gate Parkway means residents here can find hundreds of businesses and other daily conveniences just moments from the community.
Many retailers like supermarkets, home improvement stores, doctor and other medical offices and a host of restaurants of all varieties are within a 2-minute drive from Bear’s Paw, and the Coastland Center mall is only 2 miles away.
You can spend the day on the sugar-sand beaches of Lowdermilk Park with just a 3-mile drive or catch a flight from the Southwest Florida International Airport, also known as RSW, in just about a half hour.
Once you come home through the private gates of Bear’s Paw, it’s hard to imagine you’re living life in paradise but with all the day-to-day amenities you’ll need right at your fingertips.