Bear Valley Golf Course Closes After Storm Damage



Anton Larsen Bay Road near the Bear Valley Golf Course Clubhouse resembles a stream bed after flood waters washed through during Friday’s storm. Photos by Jane Lanford

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The tropical storm that battered Kodiak on Friday and caused a score of mudslides also damaged the Bear Valley Golf Course to the point where it is not only closing for the season, but some of the links will have to be redesigned when it opens next spring.

Art Bors in the course manager. He says the creek at the east end of the golf course apparently dammed up from mud and landslides, redirecting water across the course.

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kodiak_-_oct_2009_golf_green.jpgWater continues to drain from the second hole fairway at Bear Valley Golf Course on Saturday.

(Golf Course 1 35 sec "And it diverted the water … second hole and the first green.")

After flooding that half of the course, the water traveled down the east side of the road until it reached the parking lot, where it jumped Anton Larsen Bay Road. Bors said that was fortunate, as the floodwaters did not damage the clubhouse. The force of the water carried huge amounts of gravel across the road – so much so that the road looked like a stream bed.

Bors said the damage to the course is such that parts of the course will have to be rerouted after it opens again next year:

(Golf Course 2 42 sec "I’m not sure how early … exactly what that’s going to be.")

Bors said he didn’t have an estimate yet what it might cost to make the needed repairs to the course, which is owned by the Coast Guard. He did reiterate that Bear Valley Golf Course is closed for the season.


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