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After fishing, take a long drive -- down peninsula fairways

Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2001

After fishing for silvers and kings on the Kenai River, Alaska's long summer days still afford plenty of light for hunting birdies and eagles on the golf course.

The central Kenai Peninsula offers two golf courses.

The Birch Ridge Golf Course and driving range is on the Sterling Highway east of Soldotna and offers a full range of services on its nine-hole layout. Birch Ridge has an added bonus in the form of rental cottages, which are available throughout the season.

Greens fees, not including a 5 percent sales tax, are as follows: Adults -- $11 for nine holes and $20 for 18 holes on weekdays, $12 for nine holes and $22 for 18 holes on weekends and holidays; seniors (over 65) -- $10 for nine holes and $18 for 18 holes on weekdays, $11 for nine holes and $20 for 18 holes on weekends and holidays; juniors (under 17 or still attending high school) -- $7 for nine holes and $13 for 18 holes on weekdays, $9 for nine holes and $15 for 18 holes on weekends and holidays.

Rates at the cottages from June 15 to Aug. 15 are $125 for a single or double, $150 for three adults, $140 for a double with two children and $175 for four adults. The rates include 18 holes of golf per person per night for each occupant over the age of 12.

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

The Kenai Golf Course and driving range offers 18 holes. The course is adjacent to Coral Seymour Memorial Park on Lawton Drive in Kenai.

Greens fees are as follows: Adults -- $9 for nine holes and $18 for 18 holes on weekdays, $11 for nine holes and $22 for 18 holes on weekends; seniors (over 65) -- $8 for nine holes and $16 for 18 holes on weekdays, $10 for nine holes and $20 for 18 holes on weekends; juniors (ages 8 to 18) -- $6 for nine holes and $12 for 18 holes on weekdays, $7 for nine holes and $14 for 18 holes on weekends.

Tournaments are staged throughout the summer, so call ahead for tee times at 283-7500.

Golfers in Homer can find links at the Kachemak Bay Lynx Par 3 Golf and B&B at Mile 6.5 of East End Road. To reserve a room or tee time, call (800) 295-5969 or 235-0606. Information also is available at www.alaskagolfandfishing.com.



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