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. Heres a roundup of area courses:
The Idaho Club
Set in the beautiful Pack River delta and one of the premier courses in the region, The Idaho Club features 18 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf. New in 2020 is the course lodge, The Clubhouse, that is home to a Nicklaus Signature Golf Course Pro Shop, The Clubhouse Restaurant, and an expansive covered outdoor al fresco dining area with plenty of room for private events and celebrations. Located 8 miles east of Sandpoint on Highway 200, 151 Clubhouse Way, Sandpoint. 208-265-2345
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.
- 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 Golfers 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