The Fairways Golf Course’s layout unfurls over rolling terrain teeming with wetlands and native grasses. Multiple water hazards and fast greens pose challenges for experienced players, and relatively open fairways and a set of closer, forward tees cater to golfers of all experience levels. A dramatic conclusion awaits at the par-4, 419-yard 18th hole—the course’s most challenging hole—where golfers must contend with a dog-leg right and a small pond that arches around the front and left sides of the green. Golfers can prepare for the round at the driving range and practice green, or simply ask the course’s beverage-cart operator for the liquid cure for a slice-prone swing.
Teaching professional David Fern doles out golf swing pointers in an effort to make the game easier for his students. Situated on the Spokane River, the nearly century-old course welcomes golfers with a practice facility where David can identify their swing issues, while videotaping lessons for easy review later. To get an immersive learning experience, players can opt for a playing lesson, during which time the coach and student will play a round of golf. Along the way, David will cover the finer points of shot selection and course management, as well as how to determine if a bunker is filled with quicksand.
Nestled in the long shadows of Spokane's towering pine trees, the lush, open terrain of Pine Acres grants Spokane's golf community verdant recreation. With an average tee-to-green distance of 84 yards, Pine Acres provides an ideal, low-pressure training ground for club-wielding cadets still calibrating their optimal swing-speeds. Dedicated duffers can traverse the nine-hole turf-loop in roughly an hour, leaving the rest of their afternoon open to reflect rigorously on their on-course performance or start secretly moving shag carpet into their own private, putting-green-themed speakeasy. Though the course's relative ease and the pro shop's generous club-rental fare ($0.50 per club, not covered by this Groupon) make this a perfect haunt for neophytes, the course is also suitable for masters of the white orb looking for a relaxing atmosphere to practice their short-irons, still seeking the hole-in-one that never was, or continuing their quest to find the Sand Trap Rake of Destiny.
Awarded one of the “Top 10 Golf Experiences Within Idaho” by Golf Digest, The Highlands Golf Course beckons golf enthusiasts with forests of towering pine trees and rolling terrain of verdant beauty. The course was originally designed by Jim Krause and opened for play in 1991, though anyone who hasn’t played it since 2006 will appreciate the additional tee boxes and marked improvements in bunker playability resulting from course renovations. Six lakes come into play, demanding deft club selection around the greens and impeccable swan dives to retrieve errant golf balls. Narrow fairways and several doglegs also place a premium on flawless drives off of your playing partner's belly button.
As a warm-up or a cool-down, practice at the driving encourages skill development with grass tees and nearly 400 yards of open expanse. A short-game practice area recreates most on-course situations a golfer can conjure up, with sand bunkers and two regulation flagpoles that double as golf cart jousting lances.
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