Author explores golf in Alaska

Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2000

Juneau golf enthusiast Karleen Grummett played almost every course in Alaska to research her new guide to golfing in Alaska.

She faced a moose and her calf on the fairway at a course in Anchorage. She played courses run by the military, courses accessible only by boat or plane, and the northernmost golf course in the United States.

The Juneau writer published ``Golf Alaska! The Great Alaska Golf Guide'' this week, and will debut her guide at a reception and book signing 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Hearthside Books in Nugget Mall.

Golfers in Alaska are as avid as those anywhere, Grummett said.


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``Maybe more so, because we will put up with more bad weather to golf. In California when it rains, you don't see people on the course,'' she said.

Grummett and her husband traveled the state last summer, golfing most of the 25 courses in Alaska.

``We didn't play a course we didn't find interesting in some form or another,'' she said. ``Some are on homestead land, some are on wetlands like ours here, and some are quite hilly.''

There are four courses in Southeast, in Juneau, Wrangell, Gustavus and Haines. The Weeping Trout Resort course outside Haines is accessible only by boat or plane.

She said one of the nicest is in Wasilla, the Settlers Bay Golf Course, a full 18-hole course with a nice clubhouse.

The Northstar Golf course in Fairbanks is probably the northernmost course in the country, she said. It includes a checklist for wildlife right on the score card. It's a nine-hole, currently being expanded to 18.

She said there are three courses in Fairbanks, including a military golf course open to civilians. It's a full 18-hole course on Fort Wainwright and one of the oldest in the state, built in 1942.

``There's one in Wasilla we've coined the hardest to find, a charming little nine-hole outside of town,'' she said.

She added that golf courses are often notoriously difficult to locate, and the new guide includes precise directions. The spiral-bound guide also includes two courses in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Grummett was born and raised in Juneau. She has a journalism background and has worked as a free-lance writer. She's taught writing at the University of Alaska Southeast for the past 10 years.

``Golf Alaska! The Great Alaska Golf Guide'' is her first book. It was printed locally at Alaska Litho.

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