IDAHO GOLF - OVERALL, WOW!
1. Black Rock - If you like beautiful scenery and water falls. Such an amazing experience.
2. Gozzer Ranch - Feels like you are hiking in the woods, playing golf, camping, and lake views all in one round...
3. Coeur d'Alene Resort - Home of the Floating Green and the most hard working caddies. Did I mention a free message?
4. Circles Raven - Farm land backdrop with a tough course.
5. Huntsman Springs - Rolling Hills. Reminds me of Ireland Golf
6. Sun Valley Resort - Skiing in the Winter, Golfing in the Summer. Right in the middle of beautiful ID Mountains.
7. Blue Lakes - A nice golf course with a good humble feel from the golf course staff.
Out of all the golf experiences I have playing Pebble Beach, Torrey Pines, Black Rock, the one that stands out the most to me was the overall experience at Coeur d'Alene Resort's. They really make you feel like royalty from start to finish.
The little things matter - Driving up to the course you have to be okayed by the "gatekeeper" to make sure you have an established tee time to be let it. From there they radio a caddie member to drive a cart up to your car and pick you up from the parking lot. Everything is choreographed with perfection and the experience makes you truly feel welcomed from the beginning.
From then you check in and escorted to the driving range. The driving range is located next to the floating green, which I will mention later, but you actually drive balls into the water. Sure you don't get the most accurate reading hitting into the water, but it is such a neat experience hitting into the Coeur d'Alene Lake.
From then, I loosened up further with an amazing sports massage before the round where you overlook the most amazing lake and truly relax before your round.
Your caddie then picks you up in the cart and you take off to hole number 1. The course is fairly a simple course, however you can get into trouble fast with narrow fairways and these black hole bushed landscapes.
I have had caddies in the past, but these caddies were running literally everywhere to give distances to everyone in the group and advice was spot on, that made the course a better overall experience by shaving some strokes off your score.
When you get to the famous floating green you will not be let down to the hype, that's if you can even get a ball on the green. We were told that only about 70% of golfers at the course actually make it on the green on their first try. It is so rare that you actually get a certificate if you birdie the hole. Did I also mention you have to take an actual fairy to the hole to play the rest of the hole? How cool was that. Still mind blown of how the grounds crew can get their equipment onto the island to make look so pretty. The green can float to max 250 yards and be as close as 58 yards depending.
Overall, most memorable experience I have ever had golfing and would recommend to anyone looking for that experience for themselves.