Canyon Springs Golf Course began as a 9-hole affair in 1972, with fairways set out by Max Mueller within a former fruit orchard. Fifteen years later, Bob Baldock added another nine to complete the present 18-hole layout.
Nestled in the spectacular Snake River Canyon, the course was originally part of the estate of Ira Buron Perrine (the man credited with founding the town of Twin Falls) who has the nearby 500-foot high bridge carrying US Highway 93 across the river named after him.
Because of its location inside the canyon, this popular 18-hole pay-and-play facility enjoys its own micro-climate, allowing golfers in the Magic Valley region to play here earlier in the season – it’s not unusual for it to be open for walking-only golf as early as February.
Holes of note include the 155-yard 5th (played over water to the green), the doglegging 457-yard 7th (rated stroke index 1), the 439-yard 13th (back dropped by a waterfall), and the 467-yard 18th, where a creek crosses the fairway as it narrows towards the home green.
Twin Falls is an unusual place, being located right next to a deep canyon. This yields a surreal visual of stores that are almost literally right next to a cliff. Inside this canyon is many activities, like a Base-jumping target, ziplines, and two golf courses. One of these is the appropriately (if lazily) named Canyon Springs golf course. The course’s location is one that will be hard to forget with its two waterfalls, but how good is the course itself?
The course is, for the most part, a traditional course with a mix of rises and falls, but few being especially dramatic. The locations do have its clear benefits aside from eye candy: it ensures that winds are minimal and the lack of housing on the course should ensure few distractions and claustrophobic shots. There’s not much else to say except for the occasional water hazard, and for being next to a river, it might be disappointing to some how little it comes into play. Also, it is very easy to get confused about which hole to play next, so keep a close eye on your map or those more familiar with the course.
2: A dogleg right par 4, it has a narrow fairway through a mini valley before the green. Your accuracy is at a premium on this hole.
8: A moderately long downhill par 3, it has a big water hazard before the green so don’t hit short.
10: A dogleg left downhill drivable par 4, it’s a golden opportunity for reaching in one shot.
18: A challenging finishing hole, it’s a long dogleg left par 4 with a creek to cross to reach the green.
Canyon Springs is a nice course that’s worth playing if you are driving by Twin Falls. It’s in a great location and has a solid price. If you have the connections and privilege, you’d probably be better off playing the neighboring Blue Lakes Country Club across the river, and by itself I can’t recommend a long trip just to play Canyon Springs. But for what it is, it’s hard to go wrong with Canyon Springs if a good chance presents itself.
Also, the Rocky Mountain PGA deal is buy one green fee with cart, get one free. A great deal if you have someone to play with.
Canyon Springs is fun albeit quirky course right on the Snake River in Twin Falls. The first hole is a par five that bends right and is reachable in two. The 2nd is a dogleg right. You can cut the corner a wee bit to give yourself a flip wedge. The 3rd also lists right, but left of center off the tee is optimal for your approach shot. The 4th bends left, you can drive through the fairway on the right side, left of center is best. The fifth is a Florida par 3, mid-length and just about all carry over water. The 7th is the toughest hole on the course, dogleg right. To give yourself a chance, you must cut part of the corner. If you do not, you will drive through the fairway and be an inordinate distance from the green. The 8th is a long difficult par 3 with water front and right. The 9th is a relatively straight away par five until the last 100 yards that veer right at a 45 degree angle.
The back starts with a driveable par four. The bridge over The Snake River provides a lovely view. The hole bends left and is downhill, to have a chance your tee shot should be right of the large rock on the left side of the fairway. A high draw may catch this downslope and bootscoot onto the green. Left of the rock and you will probably be in the ravine. Good risk/reward hole. The 11th is a forgettable mid-length par 3. The 12th is a big dogleg right and you can cut the corner. The 13th is an awesome hole. If the hole were anywhere else it would be mundane. Here, it is a long uphill par four with a waterfall in the background behind the green. The 14th is a short very reachable par five. The cool thing is the waterfall is right behind the tee box. It is loud, I wonder how PGA players would fair with the background noise? After the drama of 13 and 14, 15 is a benign par 3. The 16th is a long par 5 that is unattainable except for the stoutest of the stout. The number 2 handicap hole, 17, is a long dogleg right. The closing hole is also a dogleg, albeit this time left. A high draw will set up a short iron. There is a steam in front and water left.
This is a fun course and the scenery is titillating. You may notice that bunkers are few and far between. Also, the layout is a bit choppy, pay attention to the course map. I would pay to play it again.