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:
• For $57, you get a gold-panning adventure for two children (a $96 value including admission fee). • For $73, you get a gold-panning adventure for two adults (a $128 value including admission fee). • For $99, you get an Alaska Wildlife and Turnagain Arm bus tour for two people (a $208 value including admission fee).
Having adopted the nickname of Alaskan aviation innovator Bob Reeve, the Anchorage Glacier Pilots have had the state's history in their lifeblood since they first took the field in 1969. Over the years, the Pilots' rising collegiate stars have won the National Baseball Congress World Series—held in Wichita, Kansas—five times. Each game, up to 5,300 baseball fans can pack the stands at Mulcahy Stadium, which was built back in 1953 when every American was legally obligated to eat a whole apple pie during the seventh-inning stretch.
The rustic timbered A-frame over the entrance to Mountain View Sports Center hints at the bounty of rugged winter wear, hunting gear, and camping equipment found inside. Hunters bag prize prey with guns and scopes from brands such as Browning and Winchester, or pull fish from clear mountain streams with professional-grade fly, spinning, and casting rods from G.Loomis and Shimano. Longer outdoor excursions benefit from tents, campsite cookware, and warm garments from labels such as Arc’teryx, Mountain Hardwear, and Patagonia. Shoppers can consult the knowledgeable staff for gear suggestions or pick up new fishing, hunting, or bear-hugging licenses before heading out on their next trailblazing adventures.