Turnagain Times Tidbits
By Marc Donadieu
Glacier City Gazette
Now that Turnagain Times has passed into the annals of history, it’s appropriate to look back at its 20-year past after its final issue was published Nov. 3, 2017. The following excerpt is from Turnagain Times Vol. 1, No. 5, published Aug. 6, 1998 on page 1 and written by Ken Osuna. A potential golf course was included in the Girdwood Area Plan that was approved in 1995.
The lease agreement between the Municipality of Anchorage’s Heritage Land Bank and Glacier Valley Development Corporation is for 380 acres out of a 730-acre project study area in the lower Girdwood Valley. The golf course would be on about 330 acres with a remaining 50 acres allocated for residential and commercial development. No more than 10 acres could be set aside for commercial use. The developers estimate that they only need about 100 to 150 acres for the actual golf course with the remainder of the land set aside for buffer zones.
Under the lease agreement, the developers would construct an 18-hole public golf course and public Nordic ski course. In addition, the project would include a multi-use clubhouse with public restrooms, golf driving range, practice putting green, parking area, maintenance building, snack bar, paved golf cart paths and a pro shop.