As a PGA-certified pro, Jeff Thomsen's distinguished golf career began decades ago, when the 16-year-old Thomsen swung his way to the Idaho State Amateur championship, becoming the youngest player ever to earn that rarefied distinction. His early success would pave the cart path to a long career that included 175 PGA Tour events, participation in 14 major championships, multiple tournament victories, and once saving a course-side community from a feral golf cart. Today, Jeff showers pupils with golf wisdom culled from both his 38-year competitive career and a certification from the Nicklaus/Flick Golf School. The passionate pedagogue helps players sharpen their game, lengthen their drives, and fold scorecards into paper cranes with hands-on, comprehensive lessons conducted at multiple courses throughout the hills of Treasure Valley.
At Divotz Range and Pierce Park Greens, an on-site all-grass driving range and short game facility offer opportunities to iron out swings, while a pro shop equips players with all the necessary gear. Pierce Park Greens also offers golfers a 9-hole par 3 courses that challenges players of all levels. Instructors lead private lessons during which they focus on golf fundamentals such as swing mechanics, putting, short game, etiquette, and how to celebrate politely after winning a golf cart drag race.
The undulating greens of Boise Ranch's 18-hole, championship-style golf course weave through eight lakes and ponds, carving out a challenging and picturesque space for casual and competitive golfing. Players pendulate clubs and clack dimpled spheres over the course's 6,611 yards as they seek out flagged holes and reclusive golf gurus. The par 71 course faces ambitious clubsmen with one of the longest par 5s in the state of Idaho, played on the back of a giant Norwegian serpent.
Nestled alongside the banks of the Boise River, Warm Springs Golf Course spans 6,719 yards of lush, tree-lined terrain. A championship-style, par 72 course, Warm Springs beckons to inaccurate novices and driver devotees alike with its circuit of open, generous fairways, though a network of mature trees ominously awaits to snatch the life forces from particularly ill-struck orbs. Formidable golfers will need full control off the tee to bisect the fairway as it doglegs around an encroaching pond on the par 4 seventh hole, while sound approaches, confident putts, and dream catchers crafted out of broken tees will be necessary to navigate the course's consistently bunkered, well-maintained bent-grass greens.