Pasture golf is a return to Scottish links style courses. Technique over technology, it makes golf both fun and affordable to play. Fishhook Golf Course - Palmer, Alaska

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Play links style Pasture Golf at the Fishhook Golf Course near Palmer, Alaska. We welcome submissions of pasture golf courses to this pasture golfers' directory.

House and 10 Acres
4700 Farm Loop Road, Palmer, Alaska
Near Palmer-Fishhook Rd.

patio view
Country living. Landscaping and mountain views.
Horse barn, flower & vegetable gardens,
near golf course & Hatcher Pass.
Anchorage commute averages 55 minutes.
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Talk about a challenge, Hole #7 is a 460 yard par 4 and the rain squall is headed this way. Photo courtesy of Chuck Logsdon, 5/18/05

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Fishhook Golf Course (formerly Fishhook Glenn) - Palmer, Alaska

A Quick Nine at Fishhook Golf Course—Palmer Alaska May 18, 2005
Story and Photos submitted by Chuck Logsdon

It’s been a very pleasant Spring here in Palmer.

The weather has been mostly above freezing since the first week of April and no frost so far in May. I golfed Fishhook back in mid April when the course was brown with lots of seasonal melt ponds so I was looking forward to some green grass; and the course delivered. Jess and Skip continue to make improvements to the course and it shows.

The greens are better every year, and the players are by and large more sophisticated about keeping play moving. That said, I have put together a quick tour of the course as it looks this Spring—fantastic!

Name of Course: Fishhook Golf Course
Address: PO Box 2268, Palmer, AK 99645
Driving Directions: On Fishhook Road near the intersection of Fishhook Road and Glenn Highway north of Palmer, Alaska - can't miss it!
Phone: (907) 745-PAR4
Location: In the Matanuska Valley near Palmer, Alaska
Fees: $14 for 9 holes. Early Bird Special: $12 greens before 10AM weekdays only.
Shop: Small
Hours: 8:00 am to 9:00 pm daily
Number of Holes: 9
Yardage: 3663/3426/2913
Par: 36
Local Rules: None
Season: Snowfall to snowfall
Course Type: Public
Designed By: Skip Pellitier and Jesse Werner
Year Built: 1997
Events: KBEAR St. Judes Classic (mid June)
Facilities & Amenities: Driving range, small pro shop, club repairs and fitting. Power carts available. Clubhouse and covered driving range staffed.
Prior Use: Farm fields
Future Plans: None (All greens are permanent now)
Advice: Can't be in a hurry. Lots of amateurs play the course. The course has gotten much busier to the point that you will need a tee time on weekends. It is still pretty easy to walk on during the week.

The driving range and check-in. Rent a cart if you wish.

The first tee offers the first of many views of Pioneer Peak.

The #1 hole is a 500 + yard par 5 with a short dog leg to the left. Play it safe and stay right on the approach or risk a lost ball.

Ben watches his drive at #2, a 370 yard par 4. Playing to the left makes this hole relatively short, the elevated green makes it tough.

Holing out #2.

Hole #3, a 150 yard par 3. The sloping green is the toughest part about this one.

Everyone bogeyed this 380 yard par 4. Needless to say its my favorite hole.

350 yards uphill at #5. No water now in the thaw pond to the left. It looks longer than it is.

Finishing up #5 with Lazy Mountain (and a rain squall) in the background.

Hole #6 is a challenging 520 yard par 5 with a dogleg to the left. Just aim to the left of the top of Pioneer Peak.

Mike looks at his second shot on #6 still 250 yards from the elevated green with a dogleg around the trees. A tough hole no doubt about it.

Mike is on with a good pitch at #7.

View of the Driving Range on the way to #8

Mike tees off on 210 yard #8

Mike waits as Chuck tries a pitch shot from just off the green on #8.

Mike goes long on the 410 yard #9.

What can I say, another great day for Spring golf at Fishhook!!! - C.L., 5/18/05

Since you are asking for submissions and having just played the course today thought we would send you some updated pictures.- Shawn & MaryAnn Pierre of Chugiak, Alaska - 7/5/03

July 2003 Photo Series Courtesy of Shawn & MaryAnn Pierre

Sunny skies in the Matanuska Valley and its time to hit the pasture for a little golf. Katie and I got in 9 holes yesterday and it was a lot of fun. The course is somewhat beaten up. The big windstorm in March took much of the roof off of the horse barn adjacent to the course and there were large twisted chunks of metal roofing scattered in the trees lining the course.

Katie heads up a hill in the middle of #7 with Pioneer Peak looming ahead

As you can see in the attached pictures, there are alot of thaw ponds which makes play even more interesting than usual. You can see some ice on some even. Anyway this time of year is in many ways the best time to play the course since it is hard to lose your ball with the grass short and brown, added water hazards, and the opportunity to see migrating geese, ducks, and cranes. Just a few Canadian geese this time. - Chuck Logsdon, 4/19/03

A thaw pond reflects Lazy Mt and Matanuska Peak, with the club house and driving range in the background. The April 2003 photo series courtesy of Chuck Logsdon

More of Fishhook Golf Course played by
Katie Eberhart and Chuck Logsdon on April 18, 2003.

Chuck tees off from a seasonal astroturf tee box on #8

Katie holing out on #1

A rain squall approaches on #2 in an otherwise perfect day

Katie pauses to check out the view of Pioneer Peak from #5

April 23, 2000 Great flocks of Canada Geese over by the Fairgrounds south of Palmer. Fishhook Golf Course had about 70 Sandhill Cranes and a flock of Canada geese near the 6th hole. Some cranes leaped into the air, flapping their wings, performing a courtship ritual.

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