5 HOURS Coeur d’Alene Resort • Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Coeur d’Alene Resort Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
cdaresort.com • (855) 280-4398 What can we say about Coeur d’Alene Resort that hasn’t been said a million times before? How about this — it is 100-percent possible to cross Coeur d’Alene off your bucket list between the time the sun first crests the Cascade Mountains, and the time it drops behind the Olympics. You want an epic day trip you’ll never forget? You want your friends and coworkers to look at you with incredulous envy when they ask, “So, how did you spend your day off?” Here it is. Leave your house at 6 a.m., for an 11:45 a.m. tee time at Coeur d’Alene. With usual traffic, and assuming a bathroom break or gas-up along the way, you should roll into the resort a little after 11, leaving you plenty of time to get a complimentary greenside massage before your round, or hit balls from the driving range at targets bobbing in the lake. A short while later, you’ll encounter
perhaps the best back-to-back par-3s you’ll ever play, the fifth featuring a white-sand bunker that stretches all the way from tee to green, plus scenic rock outcroppings on either side, and the sixth a dramatic, elevated tee box with views of the lake beyond the green below. The 11th always reminds me of the 15th at Augusta National, a reachable par-5 for bigger hitters (just 506 yards from the whites, 522 from the blues), but with a creek wrapped around three sides of the green, waiting to catch any aggressive play that doesn’t find the putting surface. The par-4 13th breaks out of the trees to the lakeshore, with a forced carry over water on both your first and second shots. But, it’s the par-3 14th that you’ll never forget. The world’s only true island green, typically anchored about 150-175 yards offshore and requiring a boat to reach the putting surface, it’s a hole you might play just once in real life (or more, if you’re lucky), but will replay thousands and thousands of times in your mind. It’s an experience you’ll cherish for a lifetime, a bucket-list memory akin to a trip to Scotland or a round at Pebble Beach.
Pluck your ball from the cup around 4:15, tip your forecaddie — every foursome includes a forecaddie for the group, plus wood-paneled carts with GPS and commemorative bag tags for all — and head back to the highway. With another quick stop on the way home to fill your belly, you’ll be back in Western Washington by 9 p.m. and, depending on where exactly you live, home by 9:30, just in time to watch those last rays of sunlight slip away. That memory, though, will last forever. Now, certainly, you can opt to stay at Coeur d’Alene to play multiple rounds, take side trips to Spokane, Circling Raven or Palouse Ridge, or enjoy all the non-golf amenities like boat and kayak rentals, parasailing, the nearby Silverwood amusement park, and more, all while enjoying five-star steaks and lobster at Beverly’s, and crashing in luxurious and modern rooms. Stay-and-plays start at just $143 per person, and include a night at the resort and a round of golf — a rate that would be worth it for the golf alone. But, where’s the fun in that?
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