Luke home to championship golf course

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The Luke Falcon Dunes Golf Course water pond is an irrigation pond used to water the golf course. The course is considered to be one of the top military golf courses in the U.S., according to Arizona Golf Authority, and is located at 15100 W. Northern Ave. in Waddell just west of the north end of the runway. The 6,611-yard par-71 course was designed by Gary Panks and transformed formerly flat citrus-orchard farmland into an 18-hole links-style championship golf course.

Bonnie Trader, wife of retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Rick Trader, hits a golf ball at the 9th hole at Falcon Dunes. The golf course can be accessed by anyone with a Defense Department I.D. card. DOD employees can bring up to three guests per I.D. card.

Air Force veteran Kirk Smith, checks in at the pro shop with Dirk Hautanen, Falcon Dunes Golf Course recreation assistant. The shop has items available for purchase from golf equipment to golf balls, hats, gloves and more.

The Luke Air Force Base Falcon Dunes Golf Course “Hole in One” board displays the names of golfers who earned a spot on the board. A hole-in-one is when a ball hit from a tee is shot into the cup on the first attempt.

Lynda Foster practices putting Jan. 29 at Falcon Dunes. The golf course has 78 golf carts available for rent and is open 7 a.m. to sunset seven days a week. The hours of operation change throughout the year based on the hours of daylight.