Dedicated to one of the greatest professional golfers of all time, The Bear’s Den Resort Orlando is the place to be during the most storied tournaments of each season — the four majors. Jack Nicklaus, nicknamed The Golden Bear, still holds the record for the most major championship wins at 18. His expertise as a golfer and a course designer is on full display at The Bear’s Den Resort Orlando.
As a guest of the resort, you’ll have access to the only place in the world where you can play three signature golf courses designed by three golf legends — Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson. These courses combine the beauty of Florida’s natural landscape with unique and challenging layouts, offering an exceptional experience for golfers of all levels.
If you are vacationing at The Bear’s Den Resort Orlando during one of the majors, be sure to stop by Traditions Restaurant in the Clubhouse to watch the tournament and share a drink or a bite with fellow golfers!
Dates: May 19-22
History: Conducted by the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, the PGA Championship is the only one of the four majors that is exclusively for professional players. It is now played each year on the weekend before Memorial Day. The winner takes home the large Wanamaker Trophy for a year and a money prize.
In the news: Although Scottie Scheffler had his first major win at The Masters and is the No. 1 player in the world, he’s not predicted to win the PGA Championship. Jon Rahm, who is ranked third, is the favorite going into the event at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Dates: June 16-19
History: Staged by the United States Golf Association in mid-June, the U.S. Open is held at challenging courses where the emphasis is on accurate driving for best scores. This year, the tournament is located at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. The U.S. Open awards the largest purse of all four major championships.
In the news: The Country Club will feature new routes among its three nine-hole courses for the U.S. Open. Most notably, a renovated par-3 hole on the main course that was recently renovated by architect Gil Hanse will be added to the routing for the first time.
Dates: July 14-17
History: The Open Championship, also referred to as the British Open, takes place this year on the Old Course at St. Andrews Links in St. Andrews, Scotland. Celebrating its 150th year, it is the oldest major and it is always played on a coastal links golf course. Links golf is often described as the purest form of golf and is the way the game originated in Scotland in the 15th century. The terrain is open, often without any trees, and is shaped by nature rather than manmade. The winner captures the Claret Jug and prize money.
In the news: A spectacular light and sound projection show was beamed on to the iconic R&A Clubhouse at St. Andrews in late March as the countdown to the 150th Open continues. The R&A Celebration of Light, which highlighted moments from the Championship’s history, was narrated by actor and golf fan Gerard Butler and attended by residents of St. Andrews.
Dates: April 7-10, 2022
History: The Masters Tournament is played annually during the first full week in April at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. Established in 1934, this four-day tournament hosts the smallest field in major championship golf events. The winner has the honor of wearing the coveted green jacket, as well as earning a solid place in golf history and taking home a cash prize.
In the news: The 2022 Masters was won by Scottie Scheffler, a 25-year-old American. It was his first major championship title, finishing at 10 under par for the tournament. Tiger Woods made the cut for The Masters, which was his return to major championship golf after suffering multiple fractions to his right leg and injuries to his foot and ankle in a 2021 car crash. He placed 47th.