Best Golf Courses in Alaska

The top golf courses to play on a trip to Alaska.

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Best Golf Courses in Alaska

Looking to play the best golf courses in Alaska? picks out the top courses to play in Alaska.

When it comes to the state of Alaska and golfing, the pickings are a little bit slim but there is a valid reason.

Alaska is different than any other American state because of its extreme northern location with seasonality limitations are in effect for this fair-weather sport.

Summertime in Alaska can see entire data of constant sunlight. Sometimes, tee times of 5am are possible as are tee times of 11pm. Try to find that in southern Texas.

The list below doesn’t contain the big-name designers that you find in other state-by-state lists. Furthermore, two courses were admitted into the list despite being just nine-hole courses.

There are no apologies: in a state where the summer is short, golfing fans visiting Alaska can and should expect quality but not national-level recognition.

RELATED: Full list of Golf Courses in Alaska

Anchorage Golf Course

Anchorage Golf Course, overlooking Anchorage, Alaska, should be one of the easiest public courses to access if you fly to the northern state.

Situated hillside, Ted Stevens International Airport is close to the course, which was opened in 1987.

Bill Newcomb, a course architect with more than 20 credits, designed a par-72 and a not-so-lengthy 6,601 course near Far North Bicentennial Park.

Expect tree-lined fairways and undulating greens to add to the beauty of this wonderful course.

With views of three separate mountain ranges, golfers can take a moment to appreciate the stunning size of the gigantic Denali mountain – provided that it’s a clear day.

Formerly known as Mount McKinley, this mountain is the tallest mountain in North America and will mesmerize all those that view it for the first time. You also may have to be bear-smart while golfing here as wildlife viewings are common while playing.

Settlers Bay Golf Course

Settlers Bay Golf Course opened in 1977 as a nine-hole course. Ted Locke, a noted course architect in western Canada and some other locals, further designed another nine holes in the late 1990s.

What has resulted is a popular course for Alaskans and visitors to the state. It is a par-72 course that’s a little on the short side for length at 6,596 yards from the longest tee.

This course is reputed to have the toughest hole in the state of Alaska, the closing number 18 hole known as “Nome.”

Located near Wasilla, Alaska, this course is not far from Anchorage and uses the Iditarod National Historic Trail as inspiration for naming its holes.

The area is a mixture of woodlands and wetlands and the distant views will be of snow-capped mountains.

Chena Bend Golf Course

Located near the scenic Chena River, Chena Bend Golf Course opened in 1942 in the Fairbanks, Alaska area and is regarded as one of the best golf courses in Alaska.

In an area where there are not many options, the well-reviewed par-72 course is 7,012 yards in length. Many of the holes are riverside and Golf Digest made this course its top pick in Alaska in 1999, 2007, 2008, and 2009.

Jerry Matthews designed the course, a noted architect who is perhaps better known for his work in Michigan, including at both Elk Ridge and Bucks Run.

A military course, you’ll be hardpressed to find 18-holes in the hemisphere in a more northern location. Expect a unique experience at a venue that offers a 24-hour driving range in season.

Birch Ridge Golf Course

The Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna, Alaska is a nine-hole par-35 affair located near the famous Kenai River.

Opened in 1973 following the design of Thomas R. Smith, the length of this course is 2,925 yards, a pretty short course even in consideration of the fact that it’s just nine holes.

Adding to the golfing experience is the beautiful scenery that the course offers, including that of two volcanoes.

The fairways are inviting and short while lined with both natural Alaskan tundra and course-narrowing native trees.

If nine holes play out too quickly for you, then the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is also nearby in this scenic and natural area.

Sleepy Hollow Golf Course

The Sleepy Hollow Golf Course is another nine-hole affair. Located in Wasilla, Alaska this course opened in 1990 following the design of Dave Carney.

Located near the Little Susitna River, this very short course makes the list in a state without a lot of golfing options. This course is your simple par-3 course for every hole, making par just 27 for the entire course.

This quiet course offers a driving range and it is best used as a warm-up to the higher-ranked courses in a part of North America where it’s just not realistic to hope for a large assortment of golfing venues.