Shoshone Golf and Tennis Club’s nine-hole course tunnels through the pine-covered peak of Gold Run Mountain for 3,176 scenic yards. The grassy playground traces its roots to a three-hole course built at the mountain’s base in 1922—a rough-and-tumble club layout that consisted of sand greens and a clubhouse built with donated lumber and since-extinct mining trolls. In the 1970s, the course ascended to the mountaintop after a land trade and expanded to its current nine-hole layout, where golfers have been sending drives down tree-lined fairways and lobbing approaches over dramatic elevation changes ever since. Alongside the course, two tennis courts are built into the craggy terrain. A rustic clubhouse offers a fully stocked pro shop and a cocktail lounge where guests can take in views of the Silver Valley and stir mixed drinks with retired golf tees.
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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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Randy Henry’s Dynamic Golf's aboutGolf PGA Tour simulator lets golf enthusiasts sharpen their skills in the middle of the most brutal lightning storm. Links lovers can practice swinging, slicing, and putting on their choice of 55 courses, including top-ranked courses such as Pebble Beach and Pinehurst, within the digitally rendered, high-definition world of a 180-degree panoramic screen. A new-fangled sensor array analyzes the weight and rotation of real-life swings by taking video and digitizing golf-orb statistics such as speed and rifle spin, allowing swingers to mathematically improve their whiffs. Once the ball is airborne, invisible cherubs transport the dimpled globe from this dimension into a parallel universe that is safely contained within the simulator by an ancient pact between Scotland Yard and the denizens of a second Earth.
Designed by course architect Gene Bates, Hunter's Point Golf Club's 18-hole, par 71 course channels the windswept charm of Britain's links-style courses in its lengthy, emerald tapestry of bent-grass fairways and greens protected by formidable hazards. Throughout the course, a king's guard of expansive waste bunkers, deep pot bunkers, and deadly quicksand bunkers stand ominously alongside landing areas and greens, placing a high premium on precise shots and astute club selection. The course takes duffers careening amid the towering scenery of the Owyhee Mountains and Boise Mountain Range, and Lake Lowell and its surrounding waterways provide both pleasing panoramas and intimidating forced carries. On the par 5 16th, a slight dogleg left spans 669 yards from the farthest tees and culminates on a green guarded by five bunkers and patrolled by a feral flagstick. The course's considerable length—it measures 7,093 yards from the back tees—is tempered by its inclusion of five tee boxes on most holes, including a Jack Rabbit family tee that reduces the course length by more than half for true neophytes and players experimenting with spaghetti-based club shafts.
Indian Lakes Golf Course's nine-hole course showcases a 3,027-yard labyrinth framed by the snow-capped peaks of the Owyhee Mountains. The par 35 course sports two sets of ladies' tees and two sets of men's tees to create a distinct front- and back-nine experience for players looking to schmooze their boss into letting them borrow the company caddy over an 18-hole round.
A staff of PGA pros presides over the grounds, which encompass a grass-tee driving range for lessons and practice sessions. Players can seek post-round refuge in the outdoor pool or within the cozy confines of the onsite restaurant, which offers a full-service bar, patio seating, and a menu of grill fare and dinner specials that go well after a mid-round snack of bunker sand.
At Shankz Glo-Par-Tee, larger-than-life dinosaurs, sea creatures, and volcanoes glow under black lights as guests play through 18 holes of miniature golf in the 6,000-square-foot facility. It can take about 30–40 minutes for players aged 3 and older to travel through the course’s glowing jungles, underwater worlds, and prehistoric locales, and even longer when they’re sporting Shankz’s ChromaDepth 3-D glasses, which inhibit the wearers’ ability to perceive the fourth dimension. In addition to mini golf, Shankz Glo-Par-Tee features a glowing arcade and themed party rooms where patrons can host birthday parties or private events.