A Bill Newcomb design that first opened for play in 1987, Anchorage Golf Course twists and turns across an undulating landscape on the outskirts of the City of Lights and Flowers, where the Chugach Mountain Range forms a fantastic backdrop to the golfing activity.
You might imagine that, with a rather limited playing season, this public course could get pretty busy during the summer months, especially at the weekend, but days are long at that time of year so there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy a late afternoon or early evening round on this parkland track.
The 177-yard 3rd is a really formidable hole at Anchorage, played to a boomerang-shaped green where tee shots to the left of the pin will fall away down a grassy bank. The par five 6th is another fine hole, with water to the left of the target punishing pulled approach shots.
Our first day was at Anchorage Golf Course (AGC), 9 miles from downtown. This public course was designed by Bill Newcomb and opened in 1987. Newcomb was based in Ann Arbor, Michigan and most of his golf course work is in that state.
The mid-morning round had an overcast sky, 55 degrees, and 5 to 10 mph of wind. AGC is a small part of a large, heavily-forested park so there is no real estate visible from the course. It is a compact 6,601 yards from the back tees. The terrain is somewhat hilly and all the holes are lined by tall, dense evergreens. Looking east are dramatic views of the nearby snowcapped and massive Chugach Mountain Range (going up to 13,000 feet). There are only 42 bunkers and water comes into play on four holes. A big lake affects play on holes 2, 4 and 5. The greens are medium is size with some movement. A fun course in a nice, quiet setting.
Picture with my friend and host Ed Rasmuson 18th Hole Anchorage Golf Course - State #50
I am amazed this is rated number 1 in Alaska. i shall play along. Lot of erosion issues and very bumpy greens. The staff was very friendly. Lots of bugs, bring a bug spray or leverage my trick of smoking cigars