Bird Homestead Golf Report: Golfers working on tans

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2008

Can you believe this weather? I am actually seeing some tan skin, and not fake and bake tans. It's so nice to be out and enjoying the nice weather.

Hello and welcome once again to the weekly report from Bird Homestead Golf Course, located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road, smack dab in the middle of some of the prettiest country in Alaska. 907-260-4653 is the number to reach us for any information.

Saturday was our first tournament of the season. The Moose Tournament started out with a splash at 9 a.m. Got to hand it to the players, it was cold and wet all day long. Fun was had by all even with the rain, and afterward was the famous pig roast at the Moose Hall.

The next tournament coming up is the Association String Tournament on June 29. Show up by 11 a.m. with a tee time at noon. The "Person in Charge" hands out a designated amount of string for each team. It can then be used to improve a lie or string up an opponent (maybe not that). All I know is it is a lot of fun! All monies from the entry fee less the greens fees go toward prizes, so you could make out OK on this one -- blind draw, 18 holes with prizes for longest putt, longest drive, both men and women, closest to on both Nos. 6 and 8. Mulligans will be available as well, so with the help of the string and a couple of mulligans for each player, wow, your team could clean house. So come on out and join in on the fun. Call early to reserve a cart as they are limited. The number again at the clubhouse is 260-4653.

Tuesday night increased this week to 16 men. A beautiful night to play golf. Sun and no wind, wow what more could an Alaskan ask for? The men drew for the teams and they were off to beat their chests and swing the clubs. Rich Haller snagged the long drive with both of the closest to holes carrying over for next week. Paul Zimmerman came in with a pure birdie on No. 4. Second-place team was awarded to Greg Harrington, Mark Hordeman, Greg Wohl and Ernie Pruett, with first place, drum roll please, going to Paul Eskelin, Paul Zimmerman, Rich Haller and Mark Montoya. A pretty good amount of chest popping going on! Did anyone wonder if Roy Bird has been playing? Yes he has. No he has not won, but I know he has been practicing, so get on out here and start hitting the range. Got to keep that man humble! Remember Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. tee time. Come on out!

Wednesday morning seniors had five out this week. Marilyn Eskelin cleaned house -- first-place honors with closest to on No. 6. She also made par on four holes, and she is right proud of that. Tim Bowser took the prize for longest putt. Closest to on No. 8 is a carry-over -- it is increasing quite a bit, so come on out next week and try your luck at winning it on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

As everyone knows, last year was a hard year on our course. Mother Nature handed out a hard hand. But this year we drew a better hand. Folks, this course is in great shape. The fairways are nice and the greens are in better shape than I have ever seen. Larry and the crew are working HARD to get this course in top-notch shape. They're still working on some new improvements as well, and boy does it show. Hats off to Larry, Travis, Spencer and Stumpy. Thanks!

Remember, we have a full clubhouse with all you need. We have specials, so come on out and check things out. 11.8 miles out Funny River, 907-260-4653 will get us on the phone. Call anytime. Enjoy this great weather and we will see YOU on the fairway.

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