The course opened this week after more than seven years of preparation, said owner and Haines resident Stan Jones.
Because the land is classified as wetlands, it took seven and a half years to secure permits to build the course, Jones said.
Last year the driving range was opened, then part of the course.
"We had six holes open then nine, and I didn't think the course was hardly ready to play at that time, but people wanted to play so we let them," Jones said.
Jones said he started the course because he owned property and wanted to do something "environmentally friendly."
"I'm crazy. Other than that, I'm fine," Jones said.
"Before you knew it, we reached an agreement and I came up here," Canipe said.
"To me the first thing I noticed was how flat the course was for what I envision Alaska to be."
The links-style course is undergoing isostatic glacial rebound, which means the area is riding about .9 inches a year in relation to sea level because of glacial melting and decreased weight pushing the earth's crust, according the course's Web site.
Jones said he has received much support from the community of Haines, and is glad to offer a course for locals as well as tourists."
Many people are happy it's happening. There's not a tremendous number of golfers in Haines, but we've had people from Haines and Juneau play and think it's a nice course," Jones said. "Now we're trying to continue to make it better. It's a matter of doing things so more people can play it."
Jones said he offers rentals and some tour companies have included the course in a package for visitors.
"It's a beautiful golf course setting. The area is like Juneau's. The course is flat and affected by super high tides, but that shouldn't be a problem in the summer," Jones said. "It's a place to come and have fun and enjoy it."
"If people want to golf, we'll make things work," Jones said.
Canipe said he would like to see people from across the state visit Haines to try the course.
For more information on the course, go online to www.hainesgolf.com.