Great Bear Golf Club Hires New Executive Chef


Great Bear Golf Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Guarino (Warren) Cortese as the new Executive Chef.


Born in Torino, Italy, into four generations of Northern Italian winemakers and culinary masters, Chef “G” joins the Great Bear team with over 25 years of fine dining experience in lead positions, much of it abroad. Recently, Chef “G” was part of the culinary leadership team that opened and ran the premiere Legends Lounge in the new Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY.  Under his leadership, Legends Lounge received a Four Diamond Award for Food and Hospitality.

Here in the Poconos, Chef “G” is best known as the exclusive caterer to a number of local music and art venues and the proprietor of his own personal chef business, catering in-home events for prominent families both here and in New York.  He has taught in one of the country’s top culinary schools, has presented at numerous culinary boards, and is a three-time Medal winner in national food competitions. 

“Chef Guarino has an impressive resume, but more importantly, he possesses a knowledge and appreciation of excellent food, utilizing the freshest ingredients.  He will greatly enhance all that we offer at Great Bear – from special events, to the Pub, to Pasta Night.  Having experience in all facets of the industry, Chef Guarino in a great asset and will take Great Bear’s food and beverage operation to the next level,”   expressed, Robert Sabola, Food and Beverage Director.

Great Bear Golf Club has a variety of dining options available for members, guests, and the general public.  From Jack’s Pub where guests can enjoy a pub style menu, full service bar, and gorgeous outdoor patio, to an upscale dining room with a delicious selection of modern and creative cuisine.  Great Bear showcases a weekly Pasta Night, offering custom cook-to-order pasta dishes.  The dining room bar and outdoor terrace, with panoramic views overlooking the 18th hole are the perfect setting to enjoy classic cocktails and premium spirits.

Great Bear Golf Club is a semi-private club, offering affordable golf and social memberships and is open to the public for golf, dining, weddings, parties, banquets and special events.  The club can be reached at

About Great Bear Golf Club

18 Holes – Par 71 – 7,025 Yards – Tee to Green Bent Grass – Tee to Green Irrigation – No Parallel Fairways

“Integrating the three lakes, several streams, wetlands, small bridges and rolling terrain, Nicklaus has created a course that presents itself differently to golfers of varying skill. For the experienced player, the course offers interesting challenges and pro tees that will bring out your strongest game. Yet it’s also designed to be a course with the ultimate in playability,  ensuring enjoyable round after round, revealing its intricacies and craftsmanship the more you play it. Great Bear is destined to be one of the Golden Bear’s great ones.” –


• Architecture Award 2007-2008 & Top 20 Courses in Pennsylvania – Golf Digest

• America’s Best Courses – Golfweek

• Rated 4 Stars –

• Top 100 US Women-Friendly Courses – Golf for Women

• Host to a Nationwide Tour Qualifier