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I bet you thought my first sporting tip would be fishing, or hunting, or hiking, or kayaking. Those sports are all in abundance in Kodiak but where I have been spending too much time at lately is here at the golf course. We rush out after work, grab a hot dog and spend 3 hours learning the game, sweating and swearing.
Moving from an island (Dutch Harbor/Unalaska) without a golf course, I have been pleasantly surprised by this hidden gem. The views from the course are of Buskin lake and the surrounding mountains. Have to keep an eye out for wildlife, especially the bears, especially if you are off in the trees looking for your ball as much as I seem to be.
9 holes, par 36.
Green fees are $16 or you can get a 15 game punch card for $175. Club rentals for $5. The course was built and is operated by the US Coast Guard. If you are active or retired USCG you pay a lot less.
Golf is fairly new to me and I'm enjoying learning the game. Frustrating but great exercise. Hitting the ball well every 10th time is more rewarding than it sounds.
For you true duffers out there, I hear that this course is usually in much better shape. Unusually long snow season really killed off the greens so while they grow back the alternate greens we use are pretty rough. The course is only open when there is no snow on the ground, usually May thru September.
Equipment: Club rentals for $5. Insect repellent recommended.
Updated May 6, 2009
The U.S. Coast Guard operates a 9-hole golf course on Kodiak Island, appropriately named the Bear Valley Golf Course. The course has a driving range and a snack bar, and even a full-service pro shop. Tournaments and leagues are available, and green fees for civilians are $13 for the nine holes. Word of warning: this is one place where you should never hit your ball very far out of bounds!
Written Aug 18, 2003
Phone: (907) 487-5323
Travel a short minute down Anton Larsen Road and arrive at the Buskin River lake, which feeds the mighty Buskin River. This lake is a local favorite for fishing, picnicking, rafting and other outings. It's not widely used and is somewhat of a secret for people who look for haunts off the beaten path, so enjoy! Temperatures tend on the cooler side, even for protected spots such as this, also watch for bears.
Updated May 27, 2003
You can get supplies at Bear Country, and the Kodiak Island Archers always welcome new members! They even have their own 3d range! To walk the trail, ask a local where the VFW is, and they will point you in the right direction!
Written Mar 6, 2003
If you read in the guide books about the Ski Chalet in Kodiak... don't get your hopes up. It was recently close as it was considered a liability to the Coast Guard (who owns it.) This picture was taken in late January... the island really is lucky to see snow in the winter.
Written Feb 3, 2003
Gibson cove beach is... well it's almost a secret beach. It used to be the exclusive beach of a summer tent city. Back before the city cleaned it up, Gibson cove used to be the home of summer migrant workers who would pitch tents and live by the beach for the fishing season. The area is no longer in use, and you can park where the tent people used to live. To access, drive out of town, turning right before Dead Man's Curve.
Written Jan 21, 2003
To hike up Old Woman, take a left as you exit the airport, and then take the first right. You're at the base of old woman. This is a good one to warm up your muscles!
Equipment: You can do this hike in tennis shoes on a sunny day.
Written Jan 21, 2003
My son found this King Size Hockey Stick at the beach during a snow storm. All kidding aside there are lakes and ponds to play hockey on in the winter time. As of right now there are not any leagues though.
Written Dec 30, 2002
That's right! One side of the island has a shallow rolling ocean bed that creates world class waves. Several surfing movies have been shot out in Pasagshak lately... just make sure you don't get hypothermia, because surfing in Alaska is different that surfing in Cali!
Written Dec 12, 2002
If you are travelling with a kids and are going to be in Kodiak for a while you might consider signing your child up for the the Kodiak Kids Track and Field. It runs for a few weeks in the summer time.
Written Dec 9, 2002
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