Idaho

The Gem State of Idaho is located in the Rocky Mountain Region of the United States, sharing boundaries with six other American states and, to the north, the Canadian province of British Columbia. It’s an area of outstanding beauty where forested mountains, canyons and river gorges contribute to a rugged landscape that’s ideally suited to outside sporting activity.

The Idaho Golf Association is the state governing body for around 18,000 amateur golfers attached to 90 clubs that are divided into three districts. The IGA organises a wide range of competitions throughout the golf season and a look at its records show that the first men’s championship was held in 1929 with the first women’s event taking place five years later.

Visiting golfers will find that there are a plenty of very good—and easily accessible—courses in Idaho, including Tamarack’s Osprey Meadows, the Coeur d’Alene course and Trail Creek at the Sun Valley Resort. The very best tracks in the state are, however, acknowledged to be the private trio of Gozzer Ranch (a 2007 Tom Fazio design), Jim Engh’s Black Rock (which debuted in 2003) and David McLay Kidd’s rustic Huntsman Springs layout.

Our Idaho Best In State Rankings were last updated in April 2018. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Idaho

Gozzer Ranch

1st Idaho - Best in Area

Set on an elevated, forested peninsula that juts into the eastern flank of Lake Coeur d’Alene, Gozzer Ranch Golf and Lake Club is spectacular.

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Description: Set on an elevated, forested peninsula that juts into the eastern flank of Lake Coeur d’Alene, Gozzer Ranch Golf and Lake Club is spectacular. Rating: 5 out of 6

Huntsman Springs

2nd Idaho - Best in Area

When you see the finished, natural-looking course at Huntsman Springs, you would never believe that David McLay Kidd is reported to have shifted more than four million cubic yards of soil during its construction.

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The Golf Club at Black Rock

3rd Idaho - Best in Area

Architect Jim Engh, who once lost the first golf ball in Latvia, must have rubbed his hands together when he saw the site for his creation at The Golf Club at Black Rock.

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Description: Architect Jim Engh, who once lost the first golf ball in Latvia, must have rubbed his hands together when he saw the site for his creation at The Golf Club at Black Rock. Rating: 4.3333333333333 out of 6

Circling Raven

4th Idaho - Best in Area

Located close to the state border with Washington, the 18 holes of the Circling Raven layout on the Coeur d’Alene Indian reservation meander around an expansive, moderately bunkered 620-acre site.

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Description: Located close to the state border with Washington, the 18 holes of the Circling Raven layout on the Coeur d’Alene Indian reservation meander around an expansive, moderately bunkered 620-acre site. Rating: 5 out of 6

Club at Rock Creek

5th Idaho - Best in Area

The front nine at The Club at Rock Creek is laid out on open terrain, with the back nine carved out from a forested landscape. Both nines are beautifully routed and they had to be, as the course occupies an awkward site...

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Teton Springs (Headwaters)

6th Idaho - Best in Area

Designed by an eclectic golfing triumvirate of Byron Nelson, Steve Jones and architect Gary Stephenson, the Teton Springs Lodge & Spa offers golfers 27 holes of golf at its Headwaters Club.

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Description: Designed by an eclectic golfing triumvirate of Byron Nelson, Steve Jones and architect Gary Stephenson, the Teton Springs Lodge & Spa offers golfers 27 holes of golf at its Headwaters Club. Rating: 5 out of 6

Whitetail

7th Idaho - Best in Area

Designed by Andy North and architect Roger Packard, the forested front nine at Whitetail Club & Resort is routed around wetlands with holes on the more open back nine ending around a sparkling man-made lake.

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Coeur d'Alene

8th Idaho - Best in Area

Built on the site of an old sawmill, the course at the Coeur d’Alene resort is most famous for the floating green on the par three 14th hole where the distance from tee to putting surface is changed every day by computer control.

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Description: Built on the site of an old sawmill, the course at the Coeur d’Alene resort is most famous for the floating green on the par three 14th hole where the distance from tee to putting surface is changed every day by computer control. Rating: 5 out of 6

Sun Valley (Trail Creek)

9th Idaho - Best in Area

A 27-hole golf complex, the Sun Valley resort features the Trail Creek layout as its main 18-hole course. Particularly strong on the front nine, it also boasts two impressive par threes at holes 10 and 17 on the back nine.

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Idaho Club

10th Idaho - Best in Area

Jack Nicklaus reworked the old Hidden Lakes golf course amongst the waterways of the Pack River, creating the new 18-hole layout at the Idaho Club in 2008. It’s a testing layout with water featuring on all but two of the holes.

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