Perched high above the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers, the Bryden Canyon Golf Course is wrapped in scenic vistas and bathed with the warm glow of the sun peeking over distant hills. Before taking the course, golfers can warm up on the practice green or rifle shots from grass tee boxes while attempting to out-drive golfing partners with the world’s first mannequin-leg driver. The front nine opens with a 538-yard par 5 before climbing and descending through the Lewis-Clark Valley along holes lined with mature trees and knolls populated by mountain goats that eschew obnoxious bleating in favor of congratulatory hoof-clapping. Golfers climb atop a plateau to play most of the back nine, a challenging series defined by an array of doglegs and ponds that test players of all abilities.
Snake River Adventures makes the scenic waterways of the Snake, Salmon, and Clearwater rivers accessible to outdoor enthusiasts and curious sightseers alike. Licensed jet-boat captains ferry groups through natural wonders, such as Hells Canyon—America's deepest and most inaccurately named river gorge—and manmade locales including the Kirkwood Historical Ranch and museum. Hunting and fishing expeditions may be chartered to snare the bass, trout, steelhead, and sturgeon swimming the waters as well as the big game roaming the shore. Comfortable camp may be made at Historic Sheep Creek Ranch—furnished with wood cook stoves and oil lamps—or the Kirby Creek Lodge bed and breakfast.
Beamers Hells Canyon Tours ferries passengers through the vacillating rapids of one of the deepest river gorges in North America. Along nearly 200 miles of majestic landscapes and American history, certified tour captains delve into detailed narratives on geological landmarks, Native American history, and how U.S. mail delivery developed from horseback to the modern-day jetpack. Wine-tasting and brunch cruises complement degustation with stunning scenes of mountain ranges, rivers, and rare glimpses of local wildlife foraging for food or preparing their tax-return forms, and fishing charters let anglers test their mettles against the river’s crafty steelhead, sturgeon, and bass.
Designed by veteran West Coast golf-course architect John Harbottle III, the 7,308-yard course of Palouse Ridge Golf Club stretches across Pullman's rolling hills. The course emulates the design of classic Scottish courses, which favor making use of the terrain's natural features instead of building full-scale replicas of the Grand Canyon between each hole. With the peaks of Idaho and Oregon as a backdrop, visitors send golf balls meandering around sand and water traps, past native prairie, and over elevated tees. On the par 5 fifth hole, they must cross the wide strip of wetlands that guards the high fairway to the left of the green, and the fiendish Hole 11 demands they execute a precise tee shot that accounts for the typical prevailing crosswind. After a round, the scent of tender steaks and Pacific Northwest microbrew beers lures golfers to the British colonial-themed steak house.