Anchorage Golf Course is another top course to play in Alaska. This course has elevation drops, water, sand, well-manicured fairway and roughs, and fast greens. This course as well with the other top end courses in AK can be compared to some of the top end courses in the Lower 48. I played from the Blacks (71.4/129; 6601 yds) I had 4 pars and shot a 99.
Settler Bay Golf Course is one of Alaska’s finest courses and a must play. The greens were fast, fairways were short and fun to hit from and the roughs were consistent. There is not much margin of error to hit your ball on this course. I played the Blacks (71.8/129; 6450 yds) and shot a 100 with 2 pars and 1 birdie. After the round, they serve great food at the Albatross Restaurant with great views of the mountains and the Knik Arm where the salmon migrate.
Fireweed Meadows is a small 9-hole course with artificial t-boxes and small artificial greens. The fairways are narrow and challenging. Playing out of the rough can be ‘rough”. This is a good little course to work on your iron and wedge game for accuracy. I misplaced my scorecard but it plays as a par 30 1551 yards. I think I shot a 44.
Palmer Golf course is a great course for all levels of golfers and has its challenges for the lower handicap player. The greens were in excellent playing shape and were fast, the fairways were cut short and fun to hit from. There was a slight drizzle that lasted temporary. I played from the Blues (73.0/113 7125 yds) and shot a 88 with 5 pars and one birdie #9.
Chena Bend is probably one of the best courses one can play in Alaska. This course is very well maintained and the greens were in excellent playing shape. I tried to play 3 courses on Thursday, but I got through 2 holes and the mosquitos ran me off. (who would’ve thought?) I played the Blues (73.6/128; 7012 yds) and shot a 100 with 3 pars.
North Star Golf Club is a must play while in Fairbanks. The 1st hole will tell you everything. The permafrost layer under the fairways gave it sort of a spongy feel is places. This course has many difficulties as the greens are everything but flat. The resident fox even appeared while we were on a TBox. I played from the Blues (70.9/124; 6342 yds) and shot a 100 with 4 pars. Maybe next time I’ll try playing their Foot Golf.
Fairbanks Golf Course is a great course for all levels of players. This is a fun little course to play. I hacked my way through and explored the fairways and greens were in great shape, the roughs were thick, unfortunately, I can’t describe the sand because I was never in it. I golfed it right away in the morning. It was about 60 degrees out and sunny with no wind. I played from the Blues (69.8/120; 6264 yds) and shot a 45 with one par.