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Five Hidden Gem State Golf Courses

Idaho is a golfer's dream. From the Snake River Plain to the northern Panhandle Region, several courses are more than worth mentioning here.

Whether you plan on bringing your clubs, picking up a new set, or renting some at the pro shop, we’ve got five golf courses just waiting for your cleats.

Ready to hit the fairways? Just pick a course:

Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course

One of the most famous golf courses in the world, the Coeur d'Alene Golf Course graces the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene in southeastern Coeur D'Alene. The course sports 18 holes, including the world-famous floating green in the 14th hole. Surrounding the course are beautiful trees, rolling hills, and lakeside views.

This Golf Digest and Golf Magazine-recommended resort offers world-class dining, a golf course pro shop, a golf learning academy, and plenty of practice and sporting facilities.

Desert Canyon Golf Course

Constructed in 1963, Desert Canyon Golf Course is a municipal golf facility located in Mountain Home. Found easily along Interstate 84 in southwestern Idaho, Desert Canyon features 18 regulation holes.

The public Desert Canyon Golf Course offers a par of 72 across 5,603 yards – and a slope rating of 109. The facility also features a 20-tee driving range, a pro shop, and the Desert Canyon Snack Bar & Pub.

Jerome Country Club

Designed by Ed Hunnicut, the Jerome Country Club is a public, 18-hole golf course set in southern Idaho in the city of Jerome. Found by Interstate 84, this par 72 course was established in 1926. Be sure to pack your clubs the next time you voyage into Idaho.

Featuring 6,429 yards of golfing grounds, the Jerome Country Club also features the JCC Pro-Shop, the Caddy Shack Restaurant, an onsite driving range, and tournaments scheduled throughout the year. Whether you're a scratch golfer or a weekend warrior, you'll find just the right challenge at the Jerome Country Club.

Mirror Lake Golf Course

Set in the Kootenai Valley, Mirror Lake Golf Course is located in the northern Idaho panhandle in the city of Bonners Ferry. Back-dropped by the Selkirk Mountains, this municipal golf course was designed by Ed Hunnicutt. Be sure to bring your clubs along for a trip to Idaho.

Opened in 1974, the nine-hole Mirror Lake course yields a par of 36 on 2,885 yards of golf from the longest tees – and a slope of 121. It's a traditional Executive-style course, where it features only nine holes – sneak in a quick round before lunch, or play through twice for a full 18.

Purple Sage Golf Course

Designed by A. Vernon Macan, Purple Sage Golf Course is a municipal golf course located in southwestern Idaho in the city of Caldwell. Purple Sage is an 18-hole regulation length course with a 71 par, 6,753-yard course with a slope of 123.

Purple Sage Course also offers a 30-tee driving range, putting green, banquet facilities, pro shop, and snack bar. Tournaments are held regularly throughout the year. Bring your clubs along for the ride the next time you visit Idaho, and be sure to play 18 excellent holes at Purple Sage.

University of Idaho Golf Course

Open March to October, the UI Golf Course is located on campus at the University of Idaho in Moscow. Set in the Palouse region of northwestern Idaho, the facility is an 18-hole, public course.

Established in 1937, the 6,637-yard University of Idaho Golf Course features a par of 72, a slop rating of 130. Designed by Frank James, the campus course is also home to the Idaho Vandals golf teams.