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Fairbanks Travel Guide


Chena Bend Golf Course. Several holes meander alongside the Chena River at this well-maintained army course open to civilians. The 18-hole spread, at Ft. Wainwright, also has a restaurant and a pro shop. Civilians can book tee times three days in advance of play. The course entrance is between the east end of the fort's airfield and the river. Bldg. 2092, Fort Wainwright, AK. 907/353–6223 or. $42. 18 holes, 6475 yards, par 72.

Fairbanks Golf Course. The 9-hole course here straddles Farmers Loop just north of the university. Summertime golf with a 3 am tee time is considered normal here. (That'll give you something to brag about at home.) Watch for ravens stealing balls, though. 1735 Farmers Loop Rd., Fairbanks, AK. 907/479–6555. $22 for 9 holes, $33 for 18 holes. 9 holes, par 36.

North Star Golf Club. Along with their scores, golfers at the northernmost course in the United States are encouraged to tally up the wildlife they spot—foxes, ravens, moose are all quite likely. If a raven or a fox steals the ball, the rules at the 18-hole course permit replacement without penalty. 330 Golf Club Dr., off Old Steese Hwy., Fairbanks, AK. 907/457–4653. $35 to golf; $89 includes balls, tees, and cart and club rental. 18 holes, 6337 yards, par 72.


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