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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Kyle Brock doesn't just want to send you on an adventure; he wants to spoil you in the process. Owner of Wiley E. Waters, Brock has overseen whitewater trips across Idaho, Montana, and Washington for more than two decades. Safely guiding groups down the Spokane and Clark Fork Rivers, Brock and his gang of instructors steer rafts of aquatic adventurers aged 5 and older through rushing white rapids and across placid waters during half- and full-day trips. They also offer team-building trips, helping groups work together, develop communication skills, and avoid doing trust falls in a classroom.
Shot chases regulation birds hurtled from two voice-activated traps at Coeur d’Alene Skeet and Trap Club, where guests take aim at clays on three trap fields, a five-stand course, and four skeet fields, one of which is also voice activated. Each field hosts two annual shoots and tournaments for its 55 league teams, while visitors and more than 700 members test their clay-shattering skills with a variety of wobble games. Elsewhere, novices boost shotgun skills during lessons, ladies brush up on gun know-how at instructional clinics, and kids sample clay-target sports in the youth program. In between rounds and lessons, customers can visit the pro shop to restock on ammo or pick up a shotgun to mount and hang above the mantel.
A locally owned fitness destination for 30 years, Peak Health & Wellness provides patrons with three facilities as spacious and well-maintained as gyms owned by a corporate entity, but as personalized as a family business. Guests walk into any location to find large workout floors stocked with rows of cardio and strength equipment, separate group-aerobics studios, and indoor courts for playing tennis, squash, basketball, and pretend jury duty. The personable staff of certified trainers lead 40 distinct fitness programs including group classes of Insane-X, X-Fit, and spin, while onsite childcare centers watch over the little ones as parents work out. To solve the other side of the health and wellness equation, each locale hosts various nutrition programs and seminars.
More than 55 lakes—among them Lake Coeur d'Alene, Lake Pend Oreille, and Priest Lake—speckle the region around Coeur d'Alene, giving ospreys plenty of fish to dive after and outdoor adventurers many waterways to explore. The team at New Sun Adventures encourages these explorations by renting out a veritable armada of jet skis, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards.
Locals and tourists alike glide across the glassy waters of Hayden Lake in easy-to-maneuver Emotion Spitfire 8 kayaks or dart around Liberty Lake atop Surftech paddleboards. The company’s fleet of jet-powered Yamaha WaveRunners comes in handy when one needs to fly across the lake or settle a grudge by jousting with foam noodles. For those who prefer adventuring on dry land, New Sun Adventures plans to soon offer ATV rentals for rugged treks through the region’s national forests.