Coeur d’Alene Resort Gets New Length & Look

In July 2003, a remodeling project finished up at the high-end Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course in Idaho. The renovations were overseen by the course’s original designer, Scott Miller, with assistance from the facility’s new superintendent, Doug Anderson. Anderson recently moved to Idaho from the Vintage Country Club in Palm Springs.

Opened in 1991, the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course has consistently ranked among the world’s finest golf destinations. Known for its outstanding conditioning and scenic locale alongside its namesake lake, the course has also garnered worldwide renown for its famous floating green. Among the more salient elements of the remodel is a refashioning of this putting surface that bobs in the broad and beautiful lake. Another major facet of the project is the addition of nearly 500 yards, stretching the layout from 6,309 to 6,804 yards.

Other components of the multi-million-dollar renovations are the planting of 250 new trees. The native Ponderosa pines, up to 22 feet tall, have been planted around the links-style holes by the pro shop and between and along the fourth, eighth and 16th fairways. The course will also see the addition or expansion of 24 bunkers on 10 holes, with all of the course's traps filled with new white sand. A state-of-the-art irrigation system with 1,407 sprinkler will eliminate dry spots and the need for daytime hand watering.

The fabled floating 14th green is receiving a new tee, and the 15,000-square-foot target in Lake Coeur d’Alene is being resurfaced. Perhaps the biggest change is occuring at the par-3 fifth hole, which will be redesigned and repositioned closer to the lake. “Through the vision of our chairman, Duane Hagadone,” Hagadone Hospitality president, Jerry Jaeger, told the Kellogg (Ida.) News Press, “the fifth hole will now parallel the floating green as one of our most memorable holes.”

The fifth green will be lowered and reduced in size, and will be fronted by what might be one of the largest bunkers in America. The hole’s route – lengthened from 108 to 145 yards – will be flanked by natural rock walls. “From the tee,” continued Jaeger, “the golfer will have an unobstructed view down Lake Coeur d’Alene. It will definitely provide a ‘wow’ factor for both new and returning golfers,” he promised.

Other improvements include all-new golf carts and a doubling of the size of the practice facility. The project should be completed in late-spring 2003, just in time for the start of Idaho’s golf season.

Jaeger is excited about the work. “During our first 12 years, The Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course has been consistently rated among the finest in the nation,” he told the News Press. “With the refinements under way and the addition of Doug Anderson, one of America’s top superintendents . . . we’re positioned to take our guests’ golf experience to a whole new level.”