Idaho’s rendition of golf paradise just became even more heavenly. Fresh updates to championship-style courses in the Panhandle lake-resort area of Coeur d’Alene have suddenly made it one of the Northwest’s must-see destinations for pros and hackers alike.The new event center at the Coeur d’Alene Resort’s course features a pristine, private beach on the back nine that boasts jaw-dropping views of the picturesque lake and the course’s famed 14th-hole floating island green (www.cdaresort.com). And half an hour away, the newly renovated Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel now offers a pair of cutting-edge luxury-room towers — replete with a first-class spa and a steak house — that overlook the nationally acclaimed Circling Raven Golf Club (www.cdacasino.com).
Its brand-new golf academy has already attracted golfers far and wide, and the instruction staff is intuitive to students’ needs. Because Coeur d’Alene doesn’t have a major airport, travelers either fly into Spokane, Wash., for the easiest access or into Sun Valley, Idaho, for a 400-mile drive through majestic terrain. Both are worth the scenic journey.