Anchorage Parks and Recreation

Russian Jack Spring Park Greens & Tees

Project Information:

Russian Jack Springs Park Golf Course project is NOW COMPLETE. We officially opened on Monday 7/7/14 at 1 pm. The Parks and Recreation Department has replaced the outdated golf course tee boxes and greens with new artificial turf.

This project was funded in part by an Anchorage Park Foundation Matching Challenge Grant awarded to The First Tee of Alaska. As part of the grant, The First Tee of Alaska was responsible for the replacement of the tee boxes.  Contributions toward the matching grant include “in-kind” labor and equipment donations from several generous community members including Alaska Communications, Alaska Playground Specialist and Neeser Construction, Inc. The turf utilized for the new tee boxes is reclaimed artificial turf from a local indoor sports complex.

The course greens were completely replaced with new artificial turf manufactured and installed by FieldTurf Northwest Inc. The construction entailed utilizing the existing course footprint, while professionally reshaping the greens for improved drainage on the greens. New flags, hole cups, etc. are all part of this exciting makeover and these additional features will be installed throughout the summer.

For conceptual plan visit this link: Project Concept Boards

We will be posting updates regularly here and on our parks Facebook page.

The First Tee of Alaska:


The First Tee is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization founded in 1997.  There are nearly 200 chapters throughout the United States and in four international locations that offer programs at more than 720 locations. 

The first Tee National School Program introduces golf, Nine Core Values and Nine healthy Habits to students at more than 5,100 elementary schools in over 700 school districts throughout the U.S. as part of physical education classes.   The First Tee Founding Partners are LPGA, Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and USGA. Shell Oil Company is the Founding Corporate Partner and Johnson & Johnson is a Legacy partner.  President George W. Bush serves as Honorary Chair, succeeding his father, President George H.W. Bush, who was honorary Chair from 1997 to 2010 and now serves as Honorary Chair Emeritus.


Russian Jack Springs Junior Golf Association, dba. The First Tee of Alaska became a 501(c)(3) corporation in April 2005. The Alaska Chapter was founded by: Cable Starlings, Roger Shaw, Dave Strickland and Mick Brogan.

Our home base is Russian Jack Springs Golf Course, our two affiliate locations are: Anchorage Golf Course and Settlers Bay Golf Course. Our National School program is currently in 14 elementary schools, 2 middle schools in the Anchorage School District and 6 elementary schools in the Mat-Su-Valley.

We also have a monthly Outreach class that 3 coaches fly to Tyonek Village to teach. At this time our summer “green grass” program hosts 100 participants.

For more info visit:

Project Planner:

Maeve Nevins


Phone: (907) 343-4135

Anchorage Iron Lynx

Becky Erickson
Phone: 907-244-0173