Make it up on these Stellar Layouts across the US, offering a range of terrain and stunning scenery that rivals the golf course.
Idaho Panhandle (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho)
Location: 30 miles east of Spokane, Washington
What it offers: The par-3 14th hole at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course, the world’s only moveable, floating island green, has single-handedly pinned northern Idaho and the scenic shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene to many a golfer’s bucket list. The standard tee plays between 140-170 yards to the 22,000-ton green, which shifts positions via an intricate, underwater cable system. If your ball manages to stay on dry land, a boat chauffeurs you to the putting surface to finish out and admire the Marvel of engineering.
Its 17 other holes deserve your admiration, too, especially its five par-3s. Equally impressive are the Immaculate course conditions, embellished by 25,000 hedged-out juniper bushes, 30,000 geraniums and 4,000 petunias.
The Circling Raven Golf Club, 25 minutes south of the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley, consistently ranks as one of the country’s best resort courses.
Built by Gene Bates in 2003 and owned by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, the course snakes through the Wetlands, Marshes, Woodlands and native Palouse grasslands to the tune of 620 Acres, more than four times the acreage of a traditional golf course. Front-nine standouts include the 7th hole (called “Hummingbird,” or etcembm, in the tribe’s language), enriched by the tribe’s emblem painted on the green’s hillside; and the pine-framed downhill signature 8th hole (“Snow on the Mountain,” or mqhwqin), stamped by sparkling-white sand traps.
For one of the stiffest challenges in the Pacific Northwest, head to the Idaho Club in Sandpoint, 50 miles north of Coeur d’Alene on Lake Pend Oreille. There, test your short game on the undulating greens at Jack Nicklaus’s only Idaho design, hemmed by some of the state’s best scenery, including the gorgeous Moose Mountain.
Insider tip: Arrive early for your round at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course, where players receive complimentary massages prior to their round. After, watch your practice shots splash into Lake Coeur d’Alene at its water driving range.
What you’ll pay for at Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course: from $ 135
You’ll pay the least at: Circling Raven Golf Club, from $ 65 in low season
Where to stay (splurge): At the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort in Worley, book accommodations in the Spa Tower, home to one of the region’s premier spas. The tower’s Chief Suite features floor-to-ceiling windows, multiple living areas and a cozy fireplace. Walk to the Circling Raven Golf Course, just down the road. From $ 470
Where to stay (save): You can splurge at the Coeur d’Alene Resort on the lake in Coeur d’Alene, as well, but you can also save by booking one of its North Wing rooms. Enjoy a variety of shops and restaurants, plus downtown accessibility. From $ 189