FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- When it comes to recreation on the golf course, fans of the sport don't have to travel far to find some of the best fairways and greens in the area.

The Silver Wings Golf Course boasts a 27-hole championship facility with some of the most challenging courses, and with more holes to play, golfers get more bang for their buck, said Stan Tanna, SWGC business manager.

"Most places in the area only offer 18 holes and we offer 27 holes, so we're able to accommodate a larger traffic of golfers, especially during the weekends," said Tanna. "Unless there is a big tournament going on, we're normally never in a situation where we have to turn people away."

The course boasts three 9-hole courses -- Red, White and Blue -- each with their own challenges. The fairways are lined with trees throughout the course and change in elevation to provide that extra challenge.

The prices for membership at SWGC are very competitive to other courses, said Tanna, and vary depending on rank and affiliation with Fort Rucker. But affiliation with the post isn't necessary to play -- the course is open to the public.

Prices for annual membership are: $528 for ranks E1-E6, youth golfers and Gold Star spouses; $852 for ranks E7-O3 and warrant officers; $858 for ranks O4 and above, government employees, veterans and contractors; and $924 for the general public. Family rates are also available.

Membership benefits include unlimited green fees, advanced tee times, discounts on merchandise in the pro shop, members-only tournaments, discounted tournament fees and more. The golf course also offers daily play, as well.

The facility also houses a fully stocked pro shop, Divots Restaurant and Grill, a banquet room and 300-yard lighted practice range.

For those who are just getting into the sport, SWGC offers classes with PGA professional Ty Anderson. Golfers can join Anderson for Afternoons on the Range or Evenings on the Range, Saturdays from 1-2 p.m. and Thursdays from 5-6 p.m., respectively. Cost is $10 per session and must be paid at the pro shop before sessions begin.

Golfers who are more familiar with the game might be interested in joining the intramural league, which begins April 17 and 19. Leagues will be split in two leagues -- Tuesday and Thursday -- and teams will be evenly balanced between the two leagues, said Tanna. Deadline for sign up and entry fee is April 10. For more information, visit SWGC or call 255-0089.

The golf course also offers dozens of tournaments throughout the year. The next big tournament will be the Commanding General's Golf Tournament April 28 at 9 a.m. The format is a four-person scramble and the amount of teams eligible to play is limited, so people should sign up early, said the business manager.

Cost for the tournament is $50 for members and $60 for non-members, and includes tournament course fees, 18 holes of golf, range balls, carts and lunch. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive, closest to the pin, Top 3 teams and highest scoring team.

"For what you're getting here, you really can't beat it," said Tanna.