Palmer Golf Course opens 18 holes on Wednesday

Palmer Golf Course on Wednesday will continue its tradition of being the first Anchorage-area course to open all 18 holes.

Early season conditions will exist -- temporary greens will be in place on three to four holes, no carts will be allowed and the driving range will be closed, director of golf George Collum said Tuesday afternoon.

Also open is the nine-hole Fishhook Golf Course in the Valley.

Anchorage's courses are still on hold. Anchorage Golf Course is hoping to open in late April or early May, golf pro Cody Long said.

As for the three military courses -- Eagleglen and the two Moose Run courses -- it's anyone's guess. Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson officials are considering closing one of them to save money, but they have yet to announce their decision.

"I haven't heard anything," Collum said. "They're pretty hush-hush about it."

The Palmer course had a limited opening Monday, offering 12 holes.

"We were actually pretty busy, because it was sunny and warm," Collum said. The crowd was smaller Tuesday, with about 40 golfers showing up.

Greens fees are $20 this week, down from the usual $38. Collum thinks the course will be down to two temporary greens by the weekend; he suggests that golfers call for weekend tee times (907-745-4653).

Long said AGC will open as soon as the snow melts.

The O'Malley course is gearing up for a new event June 23 -- the statewide Drive, Chip and Putt Contest, a contest for junior golfers ages 7-15. The Alaska winner will qualify for the regional tournament, and the regional contest will qualify for the national contest, which will be held at Augusta National the week before next year's Masters.


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