Full Swing Golf of Alaska's golf simulator can recreate each rolling fairway and sand bunker of 36 world-class courses, from Pebble Beach in California to Firestone Country Club in Ohio. During lessons or unguided sessions, the simulated links help players work on game essentials, including putting, driving, and body checking. At the retail store, Full Swing Golf of Alaska's staff modifies old clubs and finds a home for new ones. An accredited club builder can construct new sets from scratch or alter customers’ favorite clubs, upgrading them with new grips and cleaning away the remains of smashed piñatas.
Under the expansive white arc of Tanglewood Lakes Golf Dome, bright lights illume 40 indoor driving stalls split between two levels, as well as a PGA Tour golf simulator. Within each stall, golfers swing their own clubs or a set of complimentary loaners as they aim for targets posted at both short and long ranges. The green beneath the targets doubles as an athletic field, which patrons can reserve for soccer, softball, or grazing placid herds of cocker spaniels.
Swaths of forest cut the 18-hole championship course at Settlers Bay Golf Course into emerald alleys that open out onto views of the Chugach Mountains. Chipping duos assess each fairway’s water hazards or sand traps before somersaulting their way from the tee to the green, zooming quietly across the course’s neatly manicured grass in a powered cart. Beneath the steel-hued peaks, ducks settle onto the still water of small lakes or masquerade as caddies willing to help carry bread. After romping across the course, pairs adjourn to The Albatross to peruse a menu populated by hand-tossed pizzas laden with caramelized onions and kalamata olives (12", $15) and hand-cut wild Alaskan cod with Brew City fries ($13) with a crisp golden hue that causes nearby alchemists to update their resumés. Companions lounge near one of the outdoor deck’s fire pits as they bite into the half-pound chop steak of an Apocalypse Cow burger ($12).
Nestled in the heart of the Mat-Su Valley and alongside the Matanuska River, the Palmer Golf Course’s verdant fairways—designed by William Overdorf and repeatedly named one of the best in the state by Golf Digest—treat players to breathtaking views of Pioneer Peak and Knik Glacier. Their cleated feet tread over bluegrass, and their gloved hands grip clubs tightly as they assess the 7th hole’s wicked dogleg left or crush spheres toward the water-bracketed green of the 17th hole. Before romping beneath the course’s jagged brushstrokes of mountain, players equip themselves at the pro shop, and after, they can drop by the snack bar. Those interested in honing their game can schedule lessons with an instructor with nine years of experience, or a caddy that can eat a hoagie impressively quickly. Course at a Glance:
Within Alaska Golf Shot's 4,300-square-foot studio, golfers sharpen their swings year-round with fast-paced play inside state-of-the-art golf simulators. The facility's simulators vividly replicate the fertile fairways of 61 global courses, letting golfers navigate the volcanic crags of Kapalua Golf Club's Village Course, the cavernous bunkers of Pinehurst No. 2, or the quicksand pot bunkers that haunt St. Andrews Jubilee Course. Players can also delve into the simulators' various practice modes, from conventional driving-range modes to games in which golfers take aim at clay pigeons or digital big game. Since the game play revolves around golfers striking real balls into immense screens, clients should provide their own set of clubs or pool noodles.