Michigan-based architect Jerry Matthews, former President of the ASGCA, designed the 18-hole Chena Bend golf course at Fort Wainwright and it’s known as the “Farthest North Military Course” in the United States.
Measuring 7,012 yards from the longest tees and playing to a par of 72, the course is managed by the US Army’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation program, an organisation that provides support and leisure services to soldiers, their families, military retirees and associated civilians.
Situated between the east side of the Fort Wainwright airfield and the Chena River, with a number of the holes routed alongside the fast flowing waters, Chena Bend is an ideal course for beginners but challenging enough for the more experienced, low handicapped golfer.
As far as Alaska goes, there are very few golf courses even worth your time - this one is. I was a member here for 2 years and enjoyed every round. Short summer but has great golf weather for 3-4 months a year. Great staff and pro was very welcoming to newcomers.
You better keep your drive down the middle because if you are more than 10-15 yards off the fairway you are in the woods, and I mean woods. Woods that you are physically unable to traverse so you might as well drop one down because you are not going to find your ball either way.
The course is on a military base and it's a pain for sure but kinda adds to the novelty.
Over half the holes are carved out of the woods where you can't see or hear anyone else which is the best part of the course. Very peaceful.
Watch out for moose poop though and your ball may go down a marmot hole. The animals are everywhere)
This course is inside a military base, make sure you give yourself enough time to go through security. Decent layout, the Chena River comes into play on many holes. If you want to play midnight golf head a little further north to North Star golf club