Located a mere 10-minute drive north of Kalispel, with the US-93 highway running along the east side of the property, the course at Northern Pines Golf Club is a mid-1990s Andy North/Roger Packard co-design that’s laid out beside the scenic Stillwater River.
Much of the landscape is flat on the floodplain of the river so there was a fair amount of soil shifted during construction – especially on the front nine – to create peripheral fairway mounding which helps to separate the playing corridors and keep the outside world at bay.
Notable holes on the front nine include the 402-yard 3rd, featuring a surprising big dip in front of the green, the 191-yard 6th which has water behind the green to catch over hit tee shots, and the right doglegged 9th bringing players back to the clubhouse.
The back nine moves up a few gears as the routing takes players on a journey alongside Stillwater River for several holes, most markedly at the 404-yard 14th, where the tee shot from the back markers has to carry a bend in the river before the fairway then kinks right to a riverside green.
Not a difficult course, but in great condition and a lot of fun. WIde, open fairways make up the front 9 and the river and almost links style make up the Back 9. Holes 13-16 are very memorable and overall - a pretty good set of Par 3s as well. A fun course that should be added any golf trip in this area.