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Soldotna golf course keeps it in the family.

By Clip Syndicate
The Birch Ridge golf course has been a staple in Soldotna for many years, but recently its ownership found itself with an uncertain future. That was until owner Patrick Cowan got a father's day gift months in advance.

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The Birch Ridge golf course has been a staple in Soldotna for many years, but recently its ownership found itself with an uncertain future. That was until owner Patrick Cowan got a father's day gift months in advance.
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12516/6965131?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 06:23:50 +0000 Soldotna golf course keeps it in the family. The Birch Ridge golf course has been a staple in Soldotna for many years, but recently its ownership found itself with an uncertain future. That was until owner Patrick Cowan got a father's day gift months in advance. http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12516/6965131?cpt=8&wpid=2637 KTUU a staple in soldotna for many years, but recently its ownership found itself with an uncertain future. that was until owner patrick cowan got a father's day gift months in advance. nat car driving by nat golf club swinging finding your work life balance can be tough when you own a business "nine holes.two greens on the last hole and two sets of tee on every hole. that's why patrick cowan built a business around his life. taking residence right outside the first tee box on the birch ridge golf course since 1994 when he became the owner. "it's great we don't have to drive to work..we just walk about 90 yards and we are at work." maintaining a golf course in alaska comes with it's fair share of obstacles. "it's very difficult. it's tough because you're operating in a 5 month season and the land is quite expensive. you're trying to make it in a shortened season so it's tough." and cowan has found success for over twenty years. but recentely he began exploring the option of selling the course. "june the 12th i'm going to be 78, and there comes a time in life when you need young blood in an organization. selling the property, and keeping it as a golf course would be tougher than he expected. "we did have options to sell the land to developers, but that is something we couldn't do, it would have broken both of hearts to have this land developed as a sub division." just like a ball finding the hole cowan grandson...zac...w as there to buy it. "it's been in my family since its existence and my mom's parents are the ones who built it. then my dad's parents were the ones that sold it to me." zac admits it's not easy "the scale of it.it's much bigger than i've ever done." but it's the labor of love for zac after working on the course since he was thirteen before moving to washington state. "i was getting pretty burnt out in washington, and my wife and i adopted two sons. ethan and joshua we just wanted to bring them home. so i called my grandparents and said hey what do you think." as it would come circle full circle on march 31st when he officially became the owner of the course "it's more personal.i look around and see things i have stake in and pride in.i didn't get that before." purchasing it from his grandfather officially keeping the course in his family from the course to the climb local racers taking part in the bob spurr memorial bird




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