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Talk about a quick transition! No sooner were we talking about skiing than it’s time to talk about golf. While there are plenty of places in the Coeur d’Alene area to get your game on, remember that — just like skiing — course openings are weather dependent so make sure to call and confirm before you set a tee time.
Start your tour of exceptional courses at the COEUR D’ALENE RESORT GOLF COURSE, once described as “America’s Most Beautiful Resort Golf Course” by Golf Magazine. Stunning views of the lake, immaculate greens, expert service and the world’s only “floating green” make this 200-acre, Scott Miller-designed course a must-do.
What would make playing this world-class course even better? How about the opening day special on Friday April 12, starting at $99 for an overnight stay and golf for two. Or sign up for the annual Scotch Open and celebrate the birthplace of golf on Saturday, April 13, including whiskey tastings. Dressing the part is encouraged — golf for two and an overnight stay, starting at $143.
The COEUR D’ALENE PUBLIC is open for business starting April 16, offering a walkable, tree-lined par 72 course developed by civic-minded leaders in the 1950s so that all could enjoy playing. Need to work on your waggle? Book a session on the Public’s popular golf simulator (starting at $20/half hour).
In Hayden, AVONDALE GOLF COURSE has nine holes and the driving range open already, with the remaining 9 holes expected to open soon. Although it’s member-owned (with discounts for member-paired play), Avondale is actually open to the public, including the couples-only Memorial Day tournament.Set amongst towering evergreens and high on a rocky outcrop, the signature tee at TWIN
LAKES VILLAGE in Rathdrum is a stunner, while its 15th hole has you navigating a challengin
g trout pond.
Further north, STONE RIDGE is semi-private, yet welcomes travelers for a challenging ro
und on a sprawling par 71 course. Ask about stay-and-play opportunities — you can even bring your motor home — which include rounds of golf, your cart and discounts at its charming clubhouse restaurant.CIRCLING RAVEN at the Coeur d’Alene Casino is a one-of-a-kind jewel tucked into 620 acres of woodlands, wetlands and terrain that’s also home to plenty of wildlife. Make it an overnighter with their popular stay-and-play packages (starting at $223), or pair your day on the course with any number of other amenities: dinner at one of their in-house restaurants, a little me-time at the spa or even a night enjoying premiere entertainment in the Casino’s newly redesigned event center.
Every second Friday from April through December, stroll through beautiful downtown Coeur d’Alene and enjoy the many galleries representing locally and nationally acclaimed artists. Visit supporting galleries, shops, restaurants and businesses for this free, family friendly event. 5-8 pm. Go to visitcda.org to download a map.
Enjoy wine tastings while strolling through some of your favorite downtown Coeur d’Alene shops, as they are transformed to pop up tasting rooms featuring 20 wineries and 45 different varietals. $20; Registration at the Resort Plaza Shops; 3-8 pm.
Food & Wine Festival
There isn’t a more delicious weekend to visit North Idaho than during the two day food extravaganza, which includes cocktail competitions, wine pairing and tasting classes, exquisite wine lunches and dinners featuring Doubleback, Barrister, J. Lohr Winery, Coeur d’Alene Cellars, Amavi Cellars, Townshend Cellars, Dunham Cellars, L’Ecole, Long Shadow Vintners and Pepper Bridge Cellars, not to mention yoga and guided hikes, paired with a tasty breakfast bar. Go to visitcda.org to view a detailed schedule and purchase tickets.