The Floating Green At The Coeur d'Alene
By Kickntrue on 10/21/10
Idaho is a little out of the way for a random road trip- but if I ever end up close to Coeur d'Alene, I am going to play this hole. The whole course is actually very well respected, being on a couple different top 100 lists and such, but if the floating green isn't what you're there to play- I'm calling you a liar.
I actually had a chance to play this course, then I knocked up my wife... My wife used to be an event planner and one of her events was scheduled for Coeur d'Alene Resort but unfortunately she left before the event. I heard it was great.
Anyway- check out this video- pretty awesome. It is a true island green- you have to take a boat to get to it. Oh- yah, and you guessed it- it's floating. Cool stuff.
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Cool video. I've played this course 3 times in the past 5 years. Each time I have played it, it has been at 160-165 into the wind from the white tees. I can tell you from experience that although the green is bigger than the 17th at TPC Sawgrass or the TPC Stadium Course in Palm Springs, because of the distance it is a much tougher shot.
The course as a whole is beautiful. ALL of the par 3's are especially fantastic. If you play here, don't miss Circling Raven which is only about 20 minutes away. It has made the TOP 100 list the past few years and is only about $45 (located on Indian Casino). It's a much tougher course than Couer D'Alene, and I would argue is a better golf course. I like to call it "Baby Spyglass." Have fun and enjoy!
Wow.... very cool FIRST in golf
Bryan K says:
I'm planning on making a trip through Couer d'Alene one of these summers. I'll make sure I stop here, since getting in some golf is one of the reasons I'm going.
I have the hat . . . bought shoes in the pro shop, but sadly course was closed. My buddy in Spokane golfs there often and he loves it. He points out that a lot of the fairways are bowled to keep resort patrons in play and maintain a good pace of play. Still, he says it is otherwise tough and always in perfect shape, plus the floating green is spectacular. The lake and the terrain are stunning. Town is party-central, sez my buddy. He also rec'mnds Circling Raven.
No green fees listed on website (besides stay and play golf packages). Anyone have pricing info? Idaho golf courses may be different, but usually when no rates are posted...equals...very expensive.
freaking awesome. makes me sick of my crappy muni boring straight courses.
Kickn, see what you get for screwing around like that.
wonder what that hole does to pace of play...
Is it artificial turf? Or do they get a mower out there, water it, etc?
This course is special to me since its the first one I ever played on EA Sports Tiger Golf. :D
Bernie Duffer says:
Wow! Loved the video.
Circling Raven is by far a better/more difficult course than the Couer d'lene. The best course in this region is Palouse Ridge in Pullman, Washington...about 1 hour South of the other 2 courses mentioned. Palouse Ridge is Washington State University's course, try it from the Crimson tees and get abused! I recently played Chamber's Bay and I have to say that Palouse Ridge is a far more difficult 18 holes.
"most recognizable thing in Idaho" - I gotta say sadly that the freaking blue field of Boise State tops it in that respect. However, as gimmicky as it seems, I am kinda hooked. Gotta try it.
@jcstoll - really? seriously? artificial turf! LMAO!!!!!!!
Marcus Prior says:
Mmmmm - "world's only"? Amata Springs outside Bangkok has one too...
It is possible the video was made before the one in Bangkok was built. It was definately the first one.
Floating green needing boat to get there = Very expensive 6 hour rounds of golf.
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