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.
Mini-golfers head to Putters Wild to sink shots and ogle eye-popping three-dimensional murals beneath the black lights of the 18-hole indoor course. Balls roll through the sea-themed course, bouncing off the glowing strips that define each hole. Players strap on included 3-D glasses to take in the psychedelic, neon graphics that deck the walls and course, losing themselves in the illusion that a polar bear is paddling by and an octopus is pointing an accusatory tentacle at them when they round their scores down to the nearest par. Families can compete to prove their putting prowess, and teenagers on dates can discover a fun alternative to attending separate screenings of a movie.
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.
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. Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 7,125 yards
Course rating of 72.6
Slope rating of 121
Four tee options