The Idaho Club nestles along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille – Idaho’s largest and deepest lake – with the golf course forming the centerpiece of an upmarket residential development.
Once operated as the Hidden Lakes Golf Club, Jack Nicklaus reworked the 18-hole layout in 2008 to bring the meandering waters of the Pack River into play at no fewer than sixteen of the new holes.
Standout holes include the strong 441-yard opening par four, the water-laden par three 7th and the very long par five 9th, which measures all of 629 yards from the back tees. The left doglegged 15th is another highlight hole and it starts the run for home, curving around water from tee to green.With a slope rating of 148, the course at the Idaho Club is a very difficult track for the average golfer but then there’s always the magnificent background mountain scenery to help compensate those having a hard time on the fairways.
The Idaho Club is a fine piece of golf architecture. While I am not sure of the original routing that existed before Jack Nicklaus and his team came in and did the redesign, in my opinion, those involved have done a magnificent job to create a most exciting golf course from start to finish.
The course starts out very nicely and might lend one to believe that, despite all the mountainous terrain nearby, the course could be relatively flat and fairly straight forward. Nothing could be further from the truth and that becomes quite evident as one begins to make their way through the stretch of holes beginning with the 158 yard, par 3, 4th all the way through the 478 yard, par 4, 11th. This stretch of holes takes a golfer up, down and all around, to the point where one might feel like they’re playing golf in a maze. Fortunately, the directional signage is quite effective to keep one on the right track. I feel like this routing, despite my “maze” comment is quite brilliant and I commend Nicklaus and is team or whomever had such an imagination to conceive such a masterpiece.
After the 11th, the golf course becomes mostly flat once again. Nonetheless, some great golf holes lay ahead, such as the two par 3s, 14 and 16, and most certainly the 17th and 18th, which both have greens closely guarded by water hazards fed by the Pack River, which runs through the golf course property.
This is a magnificent golf course. Right now they are accepting limited public play after 10:30 AM each day. So I highly recommend to anybody playing golf in the Coeur d'Alene area, take the opportunity and make the one hour drive north to experience this fine piece of golf course architecture.