Put these on your golf bucket list
By Colin Anderson
While it’s not exactly a secret, some are still surprised to learn that North Idaho is home to a few of the very best golf courses—not just in the Northwest but the entire country. These special courses take into account the natural beauty that draws so many of us to the area. If you are looking for a special and memorable round, make sure to put these courses on your summer to-do list.
Idaho’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature Course is located just a short drive from Downtown Sandpoint. The Lower Pack River flows through the course, and beautiful natural wetlands create an incredibly scenic experience. The Championship 18-hole course is open to both members and the public. There are Stay and Play packages available as well as Tour and Play for those interested in membership. For the ultimate Idaho Club experience, contact Jackson with Go Sandpoint vacation rentals at Jackson@GoSandpoint.com! TheIdahoClub.com
The Resort Course, Coeur d’Alene
While the famous floating green on the 14th hole might get the bulk of the attention, every hole at the resort course provides an incredible view of Lake Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding scenery. Players can loosen up by driving balls into the lakeside driving range and then get ready for a scenic ride with knowledgeable and hardworking caddies. The course encompasses some 200 acres, and you’ll see thousands of flowers during your round as well. Stay and Play packages are available through the Coeur d’Alene Resort. CdAResort.com
Circling Raven, Worley
Careful consideration of the natural beauty of this area was put forth during the design of each hole. Named a Top 100 course in the nation by Golf Digest, Circling Raven is a true Northwest gem that blows visitors away. Pristine fairways are carved around natural wetlands and pine forests. Mountain views open up all over the course, which challenges all skill levels. While the golf is spectacular, the quiet and serenity of the course is unmatched in the area. The course is open to the public, and Stay and Play packages are available through the Coeur d’Alene Casino. CdACasino.com/golf