The Kenai; A Golfing Destination

When most people think of The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground they think… fishing, hiking, kayaking, mountains, glaciers, wildlife, etc. But what many don’t know is that the Kenai Peninsula is actually a beautiful golfing destination.

Photo from Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna, AK

Photo from Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna, AK.

Although we are limited on our total number of golf courses, the ones we do have are absolutely stunning. Check out those amazing mountain views!
Photo from Kenai Golf Course in Kenai, AK

Photo from Kenai Golf Course in Kenai, AK.

If you are visiting the Central Peninsula and pass through Soldotna, “Alaska’s Kenai River City” you must check out Birch Ridge Golf Course. This is a uniquely challenging golf course with gorgeous views. Birch Ridge is a full length nine hole golf course with separate tee boxes for the “front” and “back” nines. When stretched out to 3,200 yards, the folks at Birch Ridge Golf Course say that you won’t find a more challenging golfing experience anywhere. Their greens are wonderfully contoured and consistently rated as the best greens in Alaska by state club professionals. They offer rental cottages and cabins, a delicious restaurant and a stocked pro shop.  

Photo from Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna, AK

Photo from Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna, AK.

The beautiful Kenai Golf Course in the town of Kenai, AK is the only full-service 18 hole course on the Kenai Peninsula.  Chances are you’ll catch a glimpse of a sandhill crane family, a mama moose with twins, or a pair of bald eagles.  Enjoy our driving range and other practice facilities. Check out our clinic schedule or call for private lessons.  The clubhouse offers golf equipment and merchandise, and a snack bar for speedy lunches or a leisurely snack.  We have club rentals and push cart and power cart rentals available.

Photo from Kenai Golf Course in Kenai, AK

Photo from Kenai Golf Course in Kenai, AK.

Another course in Soldotna, AK that offers a water driving range and 9 holes of golf on a Par 37 course is Bird Homestead Golf Course located off Funny River Road.

Photo courtesy of Bird Homestead Golf Course Facebook Page.

Photo courtesy of Bird Homestead Golf Course Facebook Page.

In the beautiful town of Anchor Point, AK you will find the Fireweed Meadows Golf Course. This was the first golf course in the State of Alaska to feature new technology synthetic turf on all tee boxes, greens and fringe.

Photo courtesy of Fireweed Meadows Golf Course.

Photo courtesy of Fireweed Meadows Golf Course.

The town of Homer, AK features the Homer Golf Course (or “The Tips Golf Course”) which is a 9 hole, par 3 course with impeccable views. This historic golf course was a labor of love that has been established since 1982.

Photo courtesy of Homer Golf Course Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Homer Golf Course Facebook page.

Alaskan wildlife–including moose, caribou, eagles, ducks, sandhill cranes, coyotes, wolves and an occasional bear may be seen around the edges.

Two Caribou playing a round. Photo at the Kenai Golf Course in Kenai, AK

Two Caribou playing a round. Photo at the Kenai Golf Course in Kenai, AK.

And be advised that you might roll up on a mama moose and her young snacking on the golf cart trail. So always drive slowly and use extra caution.

Mama Moose & Baby Moose Snacking on the trail. Photo at the Kenai Golf Course in Kenai, AK

Mama Moose & Baby Moose Snacking on the trail. Photo at the Kenai Golf Course.

Every once in a while you can actually get close enough to wildlife to share an up-close-and-personal encounter. Be sure to never approach the wildlife and always let them play through. 😉

Up Close & Personal with a young caribou. Photo at the Kenai Golf Course.

Up Close & Personal with a young caribou. Photo at the Kenai Golf Course.

The Birch Ridge Golf Course and the Kenai Golf Course both also offer excellent women’s and men’s only clinics for those looking to learn the game of golf or brush up on their skills and learn a few new pointers.

Photo at the Kenai Golf Course.

Photo at the Kenai Golf Course.

And of course we can’t forget to mention that there is always something fun for the kiddos!

Photo from Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna, AK.

Photo from Birch Ridge Golf Course in Soldotna, AK.

If you are visiting The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground this summer be sure to put a round of golf on your to-do list. Or maybe make that a round of golf every day? 😉 Hey, while the weather is beautiful and we have nearly 24/7 daylight, why not? Be sure to be on the lookout for the beautiful fireweed while you’re at it. Bright pink/purple and hard to miss!

Photo at the Kenai Golf Course in Kenai, AK.

Photo at the Kenai Golf Course in Kenai, AK.

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