Bear Valley Opens


bear-valley-golf-course.jpgJay Barrett/KMXT

The Bear Valley Golf Course opened over the weekend. The course sustained considerable damage to three of the nine holes from flooding during last October’s storm, and there will be some very noticeable changes, according to course manager Art Bors.

The damage was caused by the huge tropical storm that caused widespread landslides in Kodiak on October 9th, 2009:

(Bear Valley 1 35 sec "I don’t know if I can … the power of the water.")

The day after the storm, Anton Larson Bay Road, that runs past the course, looked like a riverbed, with massive amounts of gravel covering it and water still pouring off the course.

Bors said Holes 1 and 2 suffered the worst damage and Hole 4 to a lesser extent:

(Bear Valley 2 29 sec "The first green will not … playable, in some fashion.")

Bors says that because of the damage, the first two holes will be much shorter, with more out-of-bounds areas:

(Bear Valley 3 48 sec "Between the first green and … 80 yards to the green.")

Bors says Bear Valley, which is owned by the Coast Guard, is offering $150 off season memberships this week. For base personnel E-5 and below, an individual membership is $385. For E-6 and above, it is $500. For civilians, the individual price is $715. There are also specials for family memberships.


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