The 10 Best Public Golf Courses in Idaho!
The McCall Golf Club in McCall, Idaho, offers three, nine-hole courses that take advantage of the fabulous location in the mountains. According to the website, “the terrain is gentle and easy to walk, with many natural hazards throughout the course.” The wildlife of the nearby Ponderosa State Park often swings through the course, making for many opportunities to see wildlife as you golf. Additionally, the course includes a full pro shop, club and cart rentals, tournaments, PGA instruction, group outings, a driving range, banquet facilities, and full-service restaurant and bar overlooking the course.
BanBury Golf Course is one of the top-rated golf courses in Idaho, as awarded by Golf Digest. With almost 7,000 yards, par 71, the course is tremendous. Enjoy fairways, water hazards, and sand traps. Sign up for half hour and hour-long private golf lessons with PGA-trained professionals. In addition, many tournaments throughout the year provide the opportunity to strut your stuff.
The Coeur d’Alene Golf Club in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was the first public golf course in Kootenai County. Today, it is owned by a non-profit corporation and is restricted to residents of the county. The 18-hole course is open for those with season passes, punch cards, corporate memberships, and daily fees. Stop by their website or sign up for the newsletter to keep up on all of the events.
The RedHawk Public Golf Course in Nampa, Idaho, is an 18-hole championship course near Lake Lowell. The course is relatively new, having opened in 2014. The course hosts various championships throughout the year, including the 2014 Idaho Golf Association State Junior Championships, the 2015 Pacific Northwest Golf Association Girls Junior Amateur, and the 2015 Idaho Golf Association Women’s Four-Ball State Championship. Daily fees are available with differing rates on weekdays versus weekends. Marc Vedder, PGA professional, is available onsite for private lessons.
The Bryden Canyon Golf Course in Lewiston, Idaho, is a perfect course for golfers of all levels to get their bearings. The course is as difficult or easy as you like, depending on the course you chart. Stop by for frequent golf tournaments, corporate outings and league play at weddings and other events. Sign up for a yearly pass or enjoy reasonable daily rates. Afterwards, stop by the Restaurant at Bryden Canyon for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
One of Boise’s Municipal golf courses, Quail Hollow is an 18-hole par 70 course on 6.325 yards with a course rating of 70.7 and a slope rating of 129. The course has “strategically placed hazards, elevation changes, and sloped greens,” according to the website. The amenities on-site include refreshments and snacks, rental clubs, full service pro shop, full length all grass driving range, putting/chipping practice green, and on-site PGA professionals available for lessons.
The Shadow Valley Golf Club is known for its challenge. The front nine features “a dozen elevation changes, including Number 6 hole, a challenging par-3 cut from the side of the foothills.” Take lessons from PGA members Bob Campbell, Kevin Wolf, Bronson Miller, and Johann Emanuel. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the valley foothills while navigating this challenging course.
The River Birch in Star, Idaho, is a 6,993-yard, par-73 course. River Birch offers couples golf on Friday Nights, along with Girls’ Night Out, Junior Golf, and regular tournaments. Book tee times on their website with ranging prices depending on the time and number of players. Ready to up your game? Sign up for an unlimited membership and spend your days golfing away.
Twin Falls Golf Course in Twin Falls, Idaho, is a par-68 public course “offering a terrific variety of holes with scenic settings, beautiful views and both fun and challenging layouts.” The course was designed as an inclusive experience, available and open to golfers of all levels on 18 holes. Sign up for junior camps, and other events. The course is open from 9 a.m. until sunset every day of the week.
The Twin Lakes Village Golf Club in Rathdrum, Idaho, is an 18-hole course with “well-groomed fairways, fountains, and greens adjacent to lower Twin Lake.” The course includes sand bunkers, water hazards, towering fir and pine trees, too. Course amenities include a putting and chipping practice green, practice range, practice bunker, and pro shop. Sign up for a ladies Wednesday Night League, Men’s Clubs, and Sip and Chip couples’ leagues.