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Fate of JBER Links Has Golfers Hoping to Stay the Course

By Rebecca Palsha, Late Edition Anchor/Senior Reporter (Parenting and Food), rpalsha@ktuu.com
Published On: Feb 17 2014 08:52:17 PM AKST
Updated On: Feb 17 2014 12:00:00 PM AKST

The Alaska Golf Association says the Eagleglen Golf Course on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson might close. In a bid to keep it open, the group has been contacting Southcentral Alaska golfers and speaking with the state's congressional delegation.

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The Alaska Golf Association says the Eagleglen Golf Course on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson might close. In a bid to keep it open, the group has been contacting Southcentral Alaska golfers and speaking with the state's congressional delegation.

JBER officials haven't said if the course, one of two on base along with Moose Run, will or won't close. In an email to Channel 2, base spokesperson Staff Sgt. John "Wes" Wright says decisions regarding facilities like Eagleglen "are not made lightly" and are based on a long-term perspective.

"While no formal decision has been made to change our current construction, we continually review performance of our Category C Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) programs and activities," Wright wrote. "these are, by design, intended to be self-sustaining and ideally revenue generating."

AGA's executive director, Jeff Barnhart, says if Eagleglen closes then fees and crowding at other nearby golf courses might increase. Barnhart says it costs civilians $50 to play Eagleglen, making it a steady revenue stream for the base.

"That money we brought to that facility has helped support their activities on base," Barnhart said, "(It's) probably 40 or 50 million dollars over the years, and it could be a lot higher."

Barnhart estimates about 60 percent of Eagleglen's golfers are not in the military.