Billed as “the world’s northernmost 36-hole golf facility,” Moose Run lies to the east of Anchorage, at the foot of the Chugach Mountains, comprising the 18-hole Hill and Creek layouts. Many of the golfers who play here are attached in some way to the nearby Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson military establishment but civilians are also made very welcome.
The Hill course came first at Moose Run, set out as a 9-hole track by US Army combat engineers in 1952 before it was extended to a full 18-hole course three years later. On the other hand, the Creek course is a modern Robin Nelson design that opened at the start of the new millennium, featuring the longest hole in The Last Frontier state at the 640-yard 11th.
Carved through woodland and built with largely circular-shaped greens, the Hill course exhibits something of a split personality as its front nine occupies hilly terrain and the back nine is laid out on a flatter landscape. Water comes into play at only one hole, the par three 4th, where a small pond in front of the green requires a forced carry off the tee.
I liked this one best of the two Moose Run courses. Lot of blind shots. Number 18 is a dogleg left and is driveable. On the first hole be left or right of spruce on second shot otherwise you will not be able to get home without working the ball. Alas, I did not see any moose.