Saturday, December 1, 2012

Coeur D'Alene Golf Resort

The Coeur D'Alene Golf Resort is one of the top 100 you can play, and the home of the floating green, 175 yards out into the lake.  

 You take a shuttle boat from the tee to the green and back.

The driving range faces the lake, also, and the range balls float.

The resort is quite fancy, and the course is very nice, even though it has two fairways with big trees in the middle of them.   

There are some very interesting holes, 

and some of those of relatively uninspired design have some interesting features.  

Still, my theory is that when a designer has to put a tree in the middle of the fairway, he's run out of ideas.  But they do have an idea to solve the age-old question of where to leave the rake.
The handle is inserted into a hole in the ground.

Caddies are mandatory, even though you get a cart, too.  And valet parking is also mandatory, although when I was ready to leave the valet was nowhere to be found.  Fortunately, the truck was unlocked and my keys were in the ignition.

It is pricey, although not nearly as much as some of the others on the top 100 list.  If you're here, you just have to do it.  Be sure to go over to Spokane and play Indian Canyon, too. 

More pictures here.

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