JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON- There won't be a mulligan for a military-operated golf course in Anchorage.Officials with Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson announced Monday that the Eagleglen Golf Course won't open in 2014.
On Tuesday, JBER Commander, Col. Brian Duffy explained some of the contributing factors for the decision."JBER's golf program is simply over built and underplayed," said Duffy.
He estimates a loss of around 597 thousand dollars if the course were to operate this year. The decision to shed one was prompted by a 37 percent decrease in players in the last decade and losses of over $2 million in the last five years.
The course has seen declining participation for more than a decade.Alternative ideas were considered before closing the course. One idea was to close one of the Moose Run courses, "that doesn't save us nearly what we need because you're still operating 2 independent locations, much as we are now.
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The military operates Eagleglen and two courses at Moose Run.The Colonel says they will have several of the current employee at Eagleglen relocate to Moose Run.
Most of the players on the courses are civilians, and Anchorage golfers earlier encouraged the military to keep all courses open.
Eagleglen will be open for cross-country skiing in the winter. Summer uses are being investigated.
The Anchorage base is not the first to lose a golf course. Officials say base golf courses have closed in Florida, Nebraska and Kansas in recent years.
Associated Press contributed to portions of this article.