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The Gem State of Idaho is located in the Rocky Mountain Region of the United States, sharing boundaries with six other American states and, to the north, the Canadian province of British Columbia. It’s an area of outstanding beauty where forested mountains, canyons and river gorges contribute to a rugged landscape that’s ideally suited to outside sporting activity.

The Idaho Golf Association is the state governing body for around 18,000 amateur golfers attached to 90 clubs that are divided into three districts. The IGA organises a wide range of competitions throughout the golf season and a look at its records show that the first men’s championship was held in 1929 with the first women’s event taking place five years later.

Visiting golfers will find that there are a plenty of very good—and easily accessible—courses in Idaho, including the Coeur d’Alene layout and Trail Creek at the Sun Valley Resort. The very best tracks in the state are, however, acknowledged to be the private trio of Gozzer Ranch (a 2007 Tom Fazio design), Jim Engh’s Black Rock (which debuted in 2003) and David McLay Kidd’s rustic Huntsman Springs layout.

Our Idaho Best In State Rankings were last updated in August 2020. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Idaho

Gozzer Ranch

1st Idaho - Best in Area

Set on an elevated, forested peninsula that juts into the eastern flank of Lake Coeur d’Alene, Gozzer Ranch Golf and Lake Club is spectacular.

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Tributary

2nd Idaho - Best in Area

When you see the finished, natural-looking course at Tributary (formerly Huntsman Springs), you would never believe that David McLay Kidd is reported to have shifted more than four million cubic yards of soil during its construction.

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Teton Springs (Headwaters)

3rd Idaho - Best in Area

Designed by an eclectic golfing triumvirate of Byron Nelson, Steve Jones and architect Gary Stephenson, the Teton Springs Lodge & Spa offers golfers 27 holes of golf at its Headwaters Club.

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The Golf Club at Black Rock

4th Idaho - Best in Area

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.

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Club at Rock Creek

5th Idaho - Best in Area

The front nine at The Club at Rock Creek is laid out on open terrain, with the back nine carved out from a forested landscape. Both nines are beautifully routed and they had to be, as the course occupies an awkward site...

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Circling Raven

6th Idaho - Best in Area

Located close to the state border with Washington, the 18 holes of the Circling Raven layout on the Coeur d’Alene Indian reservation meander around an expansive, moderately bunkered 620-acre site.

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Coeur d'Alene

7th Idaho - Best in Area

Built on the site of an old sawmill, the course at the Coeur d’Alene resort is most famous for the floating green on the par three 14th hole where the distance from tee to putting surface is changed every day by computer control.

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Blue Lakes

8th Idaho - Best in Area

Occupying a spectacular site on the banks of the Snake River, Francis L James laid out Blue Lakes Country Club in 1948 where the signature par three 6th hole drops 200 feet from tee to green.

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Idaho Club

9th Idaho - Best in Area

Jack Nicklaus reworked the old Hidden Lakes golf course amongst the waterways of the Pack River, creating the new 18-hole layout at the Idaho Club in 2008. It’s a testing layout with water featuring on all but two of the holes.

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Canyon Springs

10th Idaho - Best in Area

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.

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