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Sports fans cheer auto racing, baseball, golf

Revving up recreation

Posted: Monday, April 10, 2006

 

  Sprint cars make a turn at Twin Cities Raceway in Kenai. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Sprint cars make a turn at Twin Cities Raceway in Kenai.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Alaska summers feature long periods of daylight. It’s a good thing, because in addition to the popular pursuit of fishing, there’s plenty of golf, disc golf, baseball and auto racing to be had on the central Kenai Peninsula.

The central peninsula features three nine-hole golf courses and an 18-hole golf course. The area also has a full slate of ballgames played by the Peninsula Oilers, who play some of the best collegiate summer baseball in the country.

Racing fans also can get their fix at Twin Cities Raceway, which boasts the fastest dirt track in the state and a rollicking motocross course. The Kenai Eagle Disc Golf Course challenges players to weave their discs in and out of trees and easily can be played in under an hour.

The four golf courses on the central peninsula are the Birch Ridge Golf Course, the Kenai Golf Course, the Cottonwood Country Club and the Bird Homestead Golf Course. Each course can have tournaments throughout the summer, so it’s best to call ahead for a tee time.

The Birch Ridge Golf Course and driving range is on the Sterling Highway just east of Soldotna and offers a full range of amenities, including rental cottages, on its nine-hole layout.

Greens fees at Birch Ridge are as follows: Adults — $12.50 for nine holes and $23 for 18 holes on weekdays, $13.50 for nine holes and $25 for 18 holes on weekends and holidays; Seniors (65 and over) — $11.50 for nine holes and $21 for 18 holes on weekdays, $12.50 for nine holes and $23 for 18 holes on weekends and holidays; Juniors (17 and younger or still in high school) — $8.50 for nine holes and $15.50 for 18 holes on weekdays, $10.50 for nine holes and $18 for 18 holes on weekends and holidays.

For more information on Birch Ridge, call 262-5270, e-mail birchridgegolf@msn.com or visit the Web site at www.birchridgegolf.com.

The Kenai Golf Course, on Lawton Drive in Kenai adjacent to Coral Seymour Memorial Park, features an 18-hole layout and driving range.

The greens fees are: Adults — $12 for nine holes and $20 for 18 holes on weekdays, $14 for nine holes and $24 for 18 holes on weekends; Seniors — $10 for nine holes and $18 for 18 holes on weekdays, $12 for nine holes and $22 for 18 holes on weekends; Juniors — $7 for nine holes and $13 for 18 holes on weekdays, $8 for nine holes and $15 for 18 holes on weekends. For more information on the Kenai Golf Course, call 283-7500.

The Cottonwood Country Club is a nine-hole, par-3 golf course with a driving range and an adjacent RV park located at Mile 31.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway. At Mile 31.5, signs will lead the golfer to the pro shop.

The price for nine holes is $10. Tee times can be made by calling 776-8745. The course is on the Web at www.cottonwoodcountryclub.com.

The Bird Homestead Golf Course is located at Mile 11.8 of Funny River Road. The course features a unique driving range. Golfers hit floatable balls into a pond. The balls then blow to shore for collection.

In 2005, the price was $12 for nine holes and $20 for 18 holes in 2005 and prices should be similar in 2006. Contact the course at 260-4653.

The Peninsula Oilers play their homes games at Coral Seymour Memorial Park, at the end of Tinker Lane off the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai.

The Oilers play in the Alaska Baseball League, one of the country’s top collegiate summer baseball leagues.

Many of baseball’s household names, including Jimmy Key, Frank Viola, John Olerud and J.D. Drew, have played for the Oilers.

The Oilers claimed three straight league titles from 1998 to 2000. This year, Thadeus Johnson will take over as manager of the team as the Oilers look to mount a charge to the league title.

General admission for games at the park is $3, $2 for seniors and students. Reserved seating in the covered grandstand area is $6. The home schedule also will be packed with free nights and promotions.

For more information on the Peninsula Oilers and the Alaska Baseball League, call 283-7133, stop by the team office at the corner of Cook Avenue and Main Street in Kenai or visit www.oilersbaseball.com on the Web.

The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions have scheduled a full slate of events at Twin Cities Raceway on Shotgun Drive, across from Beaver Loop at Mile 6.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. The dirt oval at the track is three-eighths of a mile.

The dirt oval has Sprint, Late Model, A-Stock and B-Stock and Quarter Midgets races. Races this year will be May 27, June 3, June 17, July 15, July 22, Aug. 5 and Aug. 19. Time trials will be at 6 p.m., while racing will start at 7 p.m. The gate fee is $7 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and those 12 and under.

There also will be state sprint series races that includes stock cars on July 1, July 2, Sept. 8 and Sept. 9. On July 1, Sept. 8 and Sept. 9, time trials are at 6 p.m. and racing is at 7 p.m. On July 2, time trials are at 1 p.m. and racing is at 2 p.m. The cost at these races is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and children.

The Quarter Midgets also will run around the community in races free to the public on June 7, June 21, July 4, July 19, Aug. 9, Aug. 23, Sept. 10 and Sept. 16. Check the Web at www.kprl.org for locations and times.

There will be six motocross city races at the track, with each starting at 10 a.m. The gate fee is $5, while those 12 and under get in free. The dates of the city races are June 3, June 10, July 22, Aug. 19, Aug. 26 and Sept. 16. More information is available at www.kprl.org. Racing begins at 10 a.m. The gate fee is $5, while those 12 and under get in free.

The Kenai Eagle Disc Golf Course is located in Kenai’s East End Park. The course is nine, par-3 holes ranging from 150 to 300 feet. It is best accessed from the entrance to East End Park on Tinker Lane. It is free to play the course.



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