Coast Guard mulls closing Kodiak golf course


by Your Alaska Link News Team

Losses over the last three years may lead the U.S. Coast Guard to close a golf course in Kodiak.

Reports say the Coast Guard expects to make a final decision on the fate of the nine-hold Bear Valley Golf Course after this season.

The course opened in 1986 and is part of the guard's recreation program. It's supposed to be self-sustaining and have Coast Guard members and dependents as majority users.

But besides losing money since 2010, customer logs show that 60 percent of users aren't connected to the Coast Guard.

Officials with Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage this year closed Eagleglen Golf Course because of losses of more than $2 million since 2009 and a 37 percent decrease in players since 2004.