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Bird Homestead Golf Report: The drive before the drives

The Last Frontier is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Here on the Kenai Peninsula we have a hidden treasure 12 miles down Funny River Road.

Bird Homestead Golf Course is a beautiful nine-hole course. There is a practice green, driving range, rental carts and clubs, and even a kitchen with a new menu this season.

The drive down Funny River is like no other, and worth the 12 miles once you reach the golf course, where you are able to unwind and play a relaxing round of golf, or just have a sandwich and ice cold beer.

Ladies night

Thursday night we had 10 women show up for ladies night. The winning team was the team of Faith Link, Wendy Brons, Sissy Bird and Margie Ubben. Long drive went to the amazing powerhouse Sissy Bird.

Alice Kerkvliet was in total golf mode and hit an incredible tee shot on No. 6, landing her on the green, and won closest to the pin. Alice was on fire all night, playing an incredible golf game, especially on No.2, winning her pure birdie.

Ladies night is every Thursday night. We start at 6:30 p.m., and all women are welcome to join us. We have a great time, and skill level is irrelevant to us, we just enjoy the evening without the men.

Men’s night

Twenty-five men showed up to play Tuesday for men’s night. Long drive was won by the unstoppable Danny Hughes, who crushed the ball on No.1. Danny Hughes was absolutely on fire all night not only winning longest drive but also getting a pure birdie along with Trevor Baldwin on No.2 and splitting those winnings.

Greg Swank took home money for closest to on No. 6 as he hit an amazing tee shot. None of the 25 men could hit No.8 off the tee box, which means carryover for next week.

First place with an incredible 6 under par went to the triple threat of Ricky Relano, Steve Ellis and Danny Hughes, and yes, the same Danny Hughes who won longest drive and pure birdie.

After a chip-off, Larry Taylor hit the green closest to the pin, leading his team of Roy Bird, Rob Smith, Trevor Baldwin and himself to a well-deserved, second-place victory with a score of 4 under par.

Men’s night is every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. We love seeing new faces, yes even if you are a member of Kenai Golf Course or Birch Ridge Golf Course.

Special Olympics Benefit Tournament

This Saturday the second annual Special Olympics Tournament will be held. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and play starts at 10 a.m. This is an 18-hole, best-ball tournament.

This is a great way to show your support for the Special Olympics of Alaska. All proceeds stay on the local Kenai Peninsula. Entry fee is only $60 per person. The number of carts is limited, so reserve one early.

There are many ways to get more information or to sign up: call the clubhouse at 907-260-4653, visit us online at www.funnyrivergolf.com or visit us on social media.

Fun Fact Friday

Golf is one of the two only sports to be played on the moon. On Feb. 6, 1967, Alan Bartlett “Al” Shepard, Jr., performed a one-handed swing with a six-iron, sending the ball flying through the moon’s low-gravity atmosphere. And in case you were wondering, javelin is the other sport that was reportedly played on the moon.

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