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Three Courses Added to Idaho Golf Trail
Three courses have been added to the Idaho Golf Trail. The new members are Tamarack Resort in Donnelly, StoneRidge in Blanchard and MeadowCreek Golf Resort in New Meadows.
This brings to nine the number of courses along the Idaho Golf Trail, which began in 2003. The Idaho Golf Trail is unique in that all of its member courses have a resort component, whereas virtually all the other trails around the country vary in the types of facilities.
“This promotes a more consistent and high-quality experience for Idaho Golf Trail visitors and its something we all felt strongly about ensuring when we decided to band together,” says Circling Raven director of golf Dave Christenson.
Tamarack Resort boasts a 7,340-yard, Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed layout that includes five par-5s, five par-3s and eight par-4s. It is located in central Idaho, 90 minutes north of the state capital in Boise.
MeadowCreek Golf Resort is in New Meadows in the state’s west-central region and just northwest of McCall. Designed by Bob Baldock and his son, Robert, the 6,700-yard track sits at 3,868 feet above sea level and offers outstanding vistas.
StoneRidge Golf Course, which also measures 6,700 yards, recently underwent a $3 million renovation. Part of the project involved adding the unique 236-yard 19th hole. Called “The Gambler,” the extra hole has proven to be a popular round-closing option by golfers who wish to settle their matches once and for all
StoneRidge, located 35 miles north of Coeur d’Alene, is the newest member of the Northern Loop of the Idaho Golf Trail. Other the Northern Loop facilities include Circling Raven, Coeur d’Alene Resort Course and Hidden Lakes.
Circling Raven, which earned best-new course honors from Golf, Golfweek, Golf Digest and Zagat Survey upon opening in 2004, and Coeur d’Alene Resort Course, home to the world-famous floating green, are located 25 minutes apart. Both offer stay-and-play packages. The two properties are increasingly being cited as among the best one-two resort course punches in the U.S. given their proximity to each another and Spokane Airport, which is a 45-minute drive from Circling Raven.
“Golfers are coming to the Idaho Panhandle – and from far away! – specifically to play Circling Raven and Coeur d’Alene Resort Course, and also to enjoy our many other amenities,” said Christenson. “We hope the addition of these high-quality resort courses and properties to the trail will entice even more visitors to discover why we’re quickly becoming known as one of the country’s best golf destinations.”
BanBury, Sun Valley and Whitetail are the Idaho Golf Trail’s other three member properties and are in the Southern Loop.
For more details, visit www.idahogolftrail.com.