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Great Golf around Sandpoint, Idaho

Duffers will find plenty of great golf opportunities in the two northernmost Idaho counties, with three tournament-ready 18-hole courses and three smaller courses. Use the guide below; also, check these stories on the local golf scene from past editions of Sandpoint Magazine:

* Going Under the Blade - Hidden Lakes closes to get a Jack Nicklaus redesign and a new name

* No. 1 Handicap Holes - From tee to pin, local golfer offers analysis, tips for playing courses' toughest holes

* Spotlight on Golf Pros - Golf pros reveal the home-course secrets

* A Golfer’s Dream: 99 holes in 3 days - A pair of addicts go on a golf marathon

* Familiar Course … Unfamiliar Holes - Area golf resorts retool their courses

Here’s a roundup of our area courses:

The Idaho Club

Eight miles east of Sandpoint on Highway 200, The Idaho Club features 18 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf.

216 Clubhouse Way
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Stoneridge Golf Course

Offers 18 holes with a split personality. A wide-open front nine sets you up for a trip into the timber on the back. From Sandpoint, go west on Highway 2 to Newport, Wash.; then south 12 miles on Highway 41 to Blanchard. 208-437-4653;

Elks Golf Club

Has the distinction of being the closest course to Sandpoint as it lies just on the outskirts of town, off Highway 200 about a half mile past the intersection with Highway 95. It is a user-friendly, nine-hole course that is reasonably priced and nicely groomed. 208-263-4321.

Priest Lake Golf Course

It's an 18-hole layout in the hills just west of Priest Lake, with a new back nine that has drawn favorable reviews. From Sandpoint, go west on Highway 2 to Priest River, then north on Highway 57 to Lamb Creek. Watch for signs on right. 208-443-2525;

Ranch Club Golf Course

Lies just west of the city of Priest River, about 30 miles west of Sandpoint on Highway 2, with nine holes. 208-448-1731.

Mirror Lake Golf Course

It's just south of Bonners Ferry on Highway 95, 30 miles north of Sandpoint, offering a well-groomed nine-hole course with different tees to play 18. Seven out of nine fairways slope; add water to some for lots of challenge. 208-267-5314.

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