The Tips - Homer, Alaska
Founded in 1982, The Tips is a reminder to anyone that plays it, that sometimes the simplest rounds of golf can be the most memorable. Originally starting as a back yard project, the course has grown into a full 18 holes. The course remains in the backyard, it just now has 18 tee boxes with 9 different greens. However, The Tips is not without it's credentials, the local greenskeeper, Doug, used to work the greens at Augusta National.
After chatting with Doug in the pro shop, I paid the modest greens fee and headed to the first tee. As a frequent player of my own back yard growing up, I was excited to take on the challenge. The course features a mix of short par 3's and will test your short game and putting skills. I couldn't have enjoyed myself more as the sun set on a fine Alaskan evening. I think I finished around 11pm with the sun still visible. If you have a true love for the game and happen to be in Homer, The Tips will set your golf soul afire!!