Black Diamond Golf  (1:33)

Imagine teeing off under the midnight sun, surrounded by the Alaskan wild.

The links-like course is one of the northernmost in the world, challenging you with uniquely Alaskan hazards: for one thing, it was built right on top of the Alaskan tundra with little-to-no top soil.

But the relaxing environment, fresh mountain air, and spectacular panoramic scenery make playing Black Diamond's 9-hole golf course a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Moose Hoof Prints and a Scheming Fox

The course is located right next to a serene mountain lake where wildlife abounds. Mountains tower over your game and wildflowers surround every hole. For a lot of golfers, this is a great opportunity to see what the original courses in Scotland were like. The rugged grass is challenging to say the least, but still designed for easy walking or driving via power cart. Hazards, however, are of the only-in-Alaska variety include moose-hoof prints, tundra marsh, and a local fox that steals your ball off the second green.

A Tin Can and the Honor System

The course, in one form, first opened in 1995. Owner Mary Usibelli —born and raised in Alaska—and her sister started it because they had a hayfield in the family, and they decided to turn it into a driving range, with an honor-system can where people paid to play. Over the years they added a clubhouse, a 9-hole course and a restaurant, as well as branching out into offering tours, such as ATV and Covered Wagon Tours. Their first year, they had two employees, but now have around 90 (including college students from around the world)during a busy summer; they pride themselves on giving to charity and always looking for ways to improve the course.

What to Bring

  • Dress warmly and wear comfortable and sturdy walking shoes
  • Camera

Getting There

Otto Lake Road
Healy, AK 99743

By Car: Black Diamond Resort Co. is located at mile 247 on the George Parks Highway, just 8 miles north of the Denali National Park entrance.

Driving Directions

Prices & Dates

Season May 25 - Sept 19
Duration 3.5 hrs
Rates Black Diamond Tundra Mountain Golfing // $94.95 adult, $45.95 child, All-Inclusive | 3.5 hrs | 7:30 AM, 11 AM, 2:30 PM, 6 PM, 6 PM, 7:30 PM, 8:30 PM, 10:30 PM
9 Holes // $30 pp | Rentals | Clubs $15 pp, Power Car $15, Logo Ball $3, 6 Playing balls $9, Tees $0.10
Rate Notes A credit card is required to hold your reservation, with the totalamount due upon arrival
Hotel pick up at 7:30 am, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 2:00 pm, 4 pm, 5:45 pm, 6:30 pm, 8:15 pm, 10 pm
Black Diamond accepts cash, personal check, AE, DISC, MC, V
Cancellation Policy If you cancel 2 days out, 100% of your deposit will be returned You may reschedule without penalty Cancellations with less than 24 hours' notice and no - shows will be charged in full

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Black Diamond Golf