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.
Course at a Glance:
Four sets of tees
6,385 yards from back tees
Rating of 69.7 and slope of 120 from back tees
1991 Jim Krause design
Renovated in 2006
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.
Course at a Glance:
With a stay at The Coeur d'Alene Resort in Coeur d'Alene, you'll be on a lake and minutes from Coeur d'Alene Convention and Visitor Center, and close to North Idaho College. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of University Of Idaho Coeur d'Alene and Coeur d'Alene Golf Course.
Make yourself at home in one of the 337 air-conditioned rooms featuring LCD televisions. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while video-game consoles and digital programming provide entertainment. Bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and complimentary newspapers, as well as direct-dial phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take time to pamper yourself with a visit to the full-service spa. You can soak up the sun at the private beach or enjoy other recreational amenities including a health club and an outdoor pool. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Enjoy a meal at one of the resort's dining establishments, which include 3 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and a computer station. Planning an event in Coeur d'Alene? This resort has 25000 square feet (2250 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center, conference/meeting rooms, and small meeting rooms. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.