The sun is high in the sky and lush grass covers the fairways. From lakeside greens in Northern Idaho to mountain landscapes in the southern part of the State, Idaho’s golf courses are officially open.
The Idaho Golf Trail is a golfer’s playground, with four loops in different regions of the State and 14 courses of world-class golfing. While each loop offers fabulous courses, there is plenty to do around those courses to entertain the whole family. Each loop is unique and offers courses of varying difficulty situated in or near resort-style settings which means plenty of activities nearby.
The Trail’s northern loop features Stone Ridge, Coeur d’Alene Resort, Circling Raven and the University of Idaho golf courses. Here, challenging courses meet unique surroundings, including thick fir tree forests and awe-inspiring azure mountain lakes. When the clubs are put away, make time to play at Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach Water Park near Coeur d’Alene. Need a break from the sun? Head for Triple Play Fun Zone in Hayden for arcade-style fun and an indoor water park. With beautiful State Parks and some of the state’s largest lakes, families can enjoy water recreation, horseback riding, biking, guest ranches and nature preserves. At the southern end of the loop, continue to Lewiston for a thrilling jet boat trip.
Central Loop golfers can play Meadow Creek, Tamarack, Whitetail and Jug Mountain Ranch, all of which are true gems. These courses are nestled in lush, green valleys surrounded by pine trees and stunning vistas. Families traveling around this loop will want to visit McCall, a small resort town on Payette Lake. Favorite activities include lake cruises and water activities, fishing, mountain biking and hiking, or head indoors for a fun-filled afternoon of ice skating at the Manchester Ice Centre.
The southern loop features two courses near Boise –Banbury and Falcon Crest — and the classic Sun Valley Resort just a 2.5 hour drive from Boise. The wide open spaces, rolling foothills and mountain valleys make for a truly diverse golf adventure. The family-friendly activities are also diverse. In the Boise area, kids will enjoy a visit to the zoo, museums and nature center or a bike ride on the greenbelt. Whitewater rafting and a scenic train ride are just 45 minutes from town, and a leisurely float down the Boise River is perfect on warm, sunny afternoons. Sun Valley also offers families plenty of activities to enjoy including museums, the botanical garden, family friendly rafting adventures down the Salmon River, horseback riding through the Sawtooth Mountains and mountain bike trails at Sun Valley Resort.
The eastern loop lies just west of the majestic Teton Mountains and Yellowstone National Park. Teton Reserve, Teton Springs and Pinecrest courses take you to another world with wide-open skies and picturesque river valleys. The scenery is breathtaking and the list of entertaining activities is long. Horseback riding, fishing, canoeing and wildlife watching are readily available. Take a drive to spectacular Mesa Falls, see the bears at Yellowstone Bear World near Rexburg, and visit the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls.
The golf options in Idaho are some of the best in the Northwest. Majestic mountains, rolling hills and sparkling waterways surround courses that challenge golfers of all skill levels, and are home to a variety of outdoor activities. Indoor pursuits are also plentiful and include, shopping, museums, art galleries, historic attractions and performing arts. A burgeoning wine industry has taken root in southwest Idaho, spurring the development of more wineries to the north and south, and generating excitement for the fabulous, locally-sourced restaurants popping up across Idaho.
A family vacation along the Idaho Golf Trail can be fun for everyone, with amazing golf, recreation and entertainment. Pick your perfect lodging – guest ranches, hotels, cabins, condos, RV Parks – and start planning your trip of a lifetime. Visit www.idahogolftrail.com and www.visitidaho.org for travel ideas and information.