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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
208-265-2345
TheIdahoClub.com.

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; StoneridgeIdaho.com.

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. GolfSandpointElks.com.

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; PriestLakeGolfCourse.com.

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. www.ranchclubgolfcourse.com

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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