Cool breezes gain steam over the waters of Hayden Lake before moving through the pine trees that line the fairways of Avondale Golf Course, adding to the bucolic splendor of the 18-hole, 6,600-yard layout. The course's short-grass corridors switchback through a combination of tree-lined and open terrain, with water hazards complicating passage on five holes, placing precise shots and webbed golf shoes at a premium.
A stint at the natural-turf driving range helps golfers to warm up for the round, a necessary measure for slow-starting swings that may struggle to reach the lengthy par 4 second hole—rated the course's hardest from the men's tees—in regulation. After hunting birdies and inflating the egos of smug putters across the landscape, players can recess to the Water Hazard Bar & Grill to recap memorable shots over dinner and drinks.
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Though they have impressive resumés, the instructors at Northwest Kenpo Karate—a member of the National Association of Professional Martial Artists—don't flaunt their trophies and black belts. Their focus always remains on their students and on their own continuing education, whether they teach kickboxing, ground fighting, or kenpo karate. The school has been coaching adults and children in these arts for 13 years and continues to emphasize the strong character traits that the styles embody. Students absorb lessons in respect, discipline, and self-control in addition to those in self-defense strikes. For children especially, the confidence and leadership skills that develop with martial-arts training can benefit lifestyles at large. The family plans at Northwest Kenpo Karate therefore encourage households to hone their techniques as a unit, building up skills for the sparring mat and the combat portion of nanny auditions.
The rider-owned-and-operated Coeur d'Alene Cycling & Fitness keeps cyclists and winter-sports enthusiasts moving smoothly in all seasons with complete bike and ski tune-ups. The shop's skilled technicians treat mountain planks to a thorough spiff up during ski tune-ups, as they stone-grind and sand bases and remove nicks, gouges, and unsightly third skis with a minor base restoration. A generous application of hot wax provides smooth sliding, and a side and base edging sharpens skis for maximum slope-shredding prowess.
Fun Unlimited rents high-octane outdoor equipment to adventurers interested in waverunners, boats, and their own brand of standup paddleboards, among other items, and also leads jet-ski and paddleboard tours. Rental periods can last from one day to one week, so clients have enough time to whittle a whole family of mannequins out of balsa wood and take them on a cross-country road trip before returning the equipment to the stores conveniently located beach adjacent storefront.
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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Staffers at Vacation Sports Rentals loan boats, paddleboards, and floatation devices to aqueous adventurers to explore the pristine waterways of Lake Coeur d'Alene while soaking in its surrounding beaches and mountain views. Water vessels available for half- or full-day rental include the Larson Senza speedboat, 24-foot pontoon, and 2011 Sea-Doo waverunners. Four-, 8-, or 24-hour rentals facilitate water sports such as tubing and wakeboarding. In addition to the boats, Vacation Sports Rentals doles out wakeboards, skis, kneeboards, standup paddleboards, and tubes. Safety necessities such as life vests, paddles, and wetsuits keep athletes protected from injury and icky seaweed.