The Golf Club at Black Rock - Idaho - USA

The Golf Club at Black Rock,
6986 W. Rockford Bay Road,
Coeur d'Alene,
Idaho (ID) 83814,
USA


  • +1 208 665 2024

  • Kelli Breakie

  • Jim Engh

  • Ron Olsen


The Golf Club at Black Rock is a regular in some published US Top 100 ranking charts. The property, which includes significant residential development, overlooks the stunning Lake Coeur d’Alene, and the topography is nothing short of spectacular.

Architect Jim Engh, who once lost the first golf ball in Latvia, must have rubbed his hands together when he saw the site for his creation at The Golf Club at Black Rock. Glacial movement created this exciting landscape and the course comes alive on the dramatic par five 3rd which plunges some 200 feet downwards to the bottom of a natural valley. The course then enters its undulating prairie phase where natural wetlands become hazardous.

The front nine is exciting enough, but the back nine is truly wild and spectacular with panoramic lake vistas and plunging, cliff hanging holes. There is excitement at every hole and you can expect to be breathless by the time you reach the sanctuary of the 18th green.

In 2009, the Jim Engh course at The Golf Club at Black Rock was due to have the company of a Tom Weiskopf 18-holer, which was to be more traditional and softer in style than the rugged Engh course. However, the economic downturn has placed that particular development on hold.

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Description: Architect Jim Engh, who once lost the first golf ball in Latvia, must have rubbed his hands together when he saw the site for his creation at The Golf Club at Black Rock. Rating: 4.3 out of 6 Reviews: 3

Black Rock sits above the Lake at Coeur d'Alene, an incredibly beautiful resort area in Northern Idaho. Black Rock is a very upscale club, with a fabulous clubhouse and many beautiful homes. The moose heads and mountain-lionsBlack Rock Golf Course - Photo by reviewer decorating the locker room are as entertaining as they are spectacular. After a forgettable opening weak par 4, this Jim Engh layout starts to get some character. The 3rd hole is a 611 yard par 5 that plays sharply downhill through a valley of tall trees. This hole requires intelligent play for your first two shots as you trundle downhill and then play to a slightly raised green surrounded with hungry hazards. Almost everybody takes carts due to the distances from green to next tee. As you park your cart, you realise that pretty much every green-site is in a bowl where your cart is 30 feet above you. Taking a cart is not my style in the first place, but it’s more useful than not. It’s an expansive property with an interesting strategy towards conditioning. The grass is almost too green, and despite being in a geography that receives almost no rain in the months of June and July, the fairways were soft, and in some cases, they were Black Rock Golf Course - Photo by reviewersplashing wet. There aren’t any memorable views of the lake on the front nine, but that quickly changes as you play the back nine on higher ground. The 11th hole is the signature hole which plays downhill to a plateau fairway, leading you to play towards waterfalls and enormous rocks which create that punchbowl feeling to the raised green. It’s definitely a novelty experience, but the purists out there will just giggle looking at the approach shot. Harry Colt would roll in his grave, however Black Rock is a modern course made for member play, and you can’t always disregard imagination in a golf starved region on the country. I did enjoy the unique challenge of playing at altitude and the demanding nature of playing from elevated tee-boxes, but given how soft the fairways were, it quickly begins to feel like target golf where you know the ball will grind to a halt once it lands. It was worth the trip to see it, but it just has a few too many holes that make you feel like you’re in Disneyland.
4 / 6
The Golf Club at Black Rock
July 21, 2014


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Simply an excellent course but not for the faint heart. Golf on steroids, bold, brash and exciting. I have no idea what the other poster meant by saying "Jim Engh really", the passionate architect may not be everyone's taste but ordinary he is not. I wish people would say what they mean rather than making statements that simply say nothing. I couldn't play Black Rock every day, as life has to have downs as well as ups. I'm a fan of Black Rock because it's different.
6 / 6
The Golf Club at Black Rock
February 22, 2012


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Really, Jim Engh in the Top 100?!?! What has this list come to. Please....
3 / 6
The Golf Club at Black Rock
October 27, 2011


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November 07, 2011
Do you mind elaborating? Thanks. JO