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Idaho

Would you believe Idaho has a resort holding the #2 spot in the nation? But quality isn’t the only factor here in a state that is know more for its scenic splendors and less for it’s golf. There are thirty-six courses in western Idaho alone, another twenty-six in the eastern portion of the state, nineteen running up the middle between them, and at least another twenty in the northern reaches, on up to the Canadian border. That’s more that a hundred golf courses in one of the most majestic mountain settings in the West. With a great bit of the Rocky Mountains running through it, the state has amongst the most spectacular sweeping panoramic views in the nation. The same modest temperature and mountain’s waters that grow the best potatoes also make for some of the best golf in the country.

The famous The Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course, second only to Pebble Beach, is found in Northern Idaho. The course’s richness earned it a Five-Star rating from Golf Digest. This resort has it all! Its novel floating green #14 is far more than a gimmick. When you want to be pampered, ruinously spoiled, the Coeur d’Alene is THE place to be!

The Twin Lakes Village in Rathdrum, Idaho lies within a forest of Douglas firs and pines, with beautiful rolling fairways. This 18-hole championship course is interspersed with abundant water risks. For example, the signature 15th hole has you teeing off alongside a substantial trout pond and praying for the best. With course-side condo rentals available, this is a pleasant and challenging golf vacation destination in its own right.

Osprey Meadows at Tamarack owes apology to no one. Rated the best new course in 2006 by Golf Digest, this Robert Trent Jones designed resort sings of freshness in sylvan delights. Pines and Aspens crop up in this valley landscape, the mountains forming a backdrop on natural perfection…. And amidst that perfection are nothing but nature, you and 18 holes of championship golf. Golfing in Idaho? Some might say it just doesn’t get any better than in Idaho.

The Headwaters Club at Teton Springs brought some of the best talent in the country together at the base of the Grand Tetons. The late golf legend "Lord Byron" Nelson, PGA Touring Pro Steve Jones, and architect Gary Stephenson have pooled philosophies and talents to create a public masterpiece. You’ll be pampered as though you were in a private club, and play a championship 18-hole or 9-hole par 3 course in the glistening splendor of the Grand Tetons. It really can’t get much better than that!

But how to get there? Commercial flights into Boise are no problem, and you’ll find commuter flights are available. Coeur d’Alene has its own airport, and others are peppered across the state. (If you’re headed to Coeur d’Alene you’d be better served by fly into Spokane, Washington, and taking ground transport from there to the resort) Teton Springs is best approached from Jackson Hole, WY, some 30 miles away. Alternatively, you can rent a car in Boise and take a drive along the Idaho Golf Trail. Or if you’re just in Boise for a day or so, be sure to visit one of more than a dozen courses right there in town.

There are many more wonderful courses and resorts to play; Scenic splendors abound in Idaho, and there really is no unpleasant area. Just pick a spot that suits your golf vacation desires and take it from there. Whether you fly in to Spokane, Boise or Jackson Hole, it’s all going to be good from there! Enjoy a Golfing Vacation in Idaho !