Bear Valley Golf Course
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.
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!
- Family Travel
Buskin River Lake
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.
- Family Travel
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!
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.
Beach: Gibson Cove
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.
Light Hike Up Old Woman
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.
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.
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!
Youth Track and Field
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.
If you would like to practice your archery while you visit Kodiak you might want to check out the local archery club. It is located at the VFW Post out of town.
Equipment: You might have to bring your own. But I bet if you meet up with some of the local guys they could lend you some equipment.
Fly Fishing Headquarters
Cy's Sporting Goods is another outfitter. And where you can enter the Nenana Ice Classic (The Alaskan Lottery) Guess the date and time the ice will break up to win big bucks.
Equipment: Full line of tackle as well as your other needs.
The Wall of Fame
People come here for the hunting and fishing. Get any gear you need at Macks Sport Shop. And be sure to see the trophys on display throughout the store. Submit your picture of your trophy for the Wall of Fame.
Equipment: Tackle, Guns, Clothing, Scopes, Boots, Packs, It is all at Macks.
North End Park hiking
It is located across the bridge on Near Island. There are a series of trails that are nice for leisurely strolls. Some of the trails go down to the beach others go through a spuce forest. You will see other families on these trails. There are benches for resting along the way too.
Bear Valley Golf Course
Bear Valley Golf Course is a great Par 36 golf course! The setting is magnificent and some of the hazards you may run into include the Kodiak Brown Bear, Sitka Black Tailed Deer and the ever present Fox!
Equipment: There are equipment rentals. There is a practice green and driving range.