Golf Vacation - The 6 Best Golf Vacations In Idaho

By Christine Harrell

Golf Vacation - For a golf fanatic, nothing makes a more perfect gift than spending time out on the links enjoying the crisp, fresh air and the beautiful scenery. In Idaho, golf resorts and towns provide the picture perfect scenery, well-designed links and luxurious lodgings along with a wide range of activities. Here are the five best locations to enjoy the game and a vacation at the same time.

Headwaters Club Golf, Teton Springs

Designed by the world famous Steve Jones, Gary Stephenson, and Byron Nelson, this 18-hole course varies in length from 5,500 to 7,500 yards. In addition to the well-designed course, you have access to the practice facilities, a full-service pro shop, and professional golf lessons. If you are in the mood for a shorter game, they also offer a 9-hole course (par 3). In fact, Golf Digest Magazine and Golfweek Magazine were so pleased with the course they named it #3 in Idaho and #23 for Best New Courses.

Pinecrest Golf Club, Idaho Falls

William H Tucker designed the Pinecrest course opening it in 1936. It is a stunning par 70 course coated in luscious blue grass. It has a slope rating of 116 and the course itself is rated at 69.5. In all, this course features a full 18-holes and 6,419 yards of game to suit every taste. Wide fairways and medium difficult approach shots tempt golfers from across the country. They also offer online booking of tee times.

The Club At Black Rock, Coeur D Arlene

Another ideal course for golf vacation is this 18-hole course designed by James J Engh, which opened in 2003. Close to Idaho golf resorts, this beautiful facility is composed of 7,130 yards with a total par of 72. The scenery and course design is stunning -- cliffs, hills, greenery, and waterfalls. The community is currently constructing another championship course and 18-hole putting course designed by Tom Weiskopf.

Crane Creek Golf Course

Opened in 1962, Crane Creek has a slope of 124 and a course rating of 70.8 featuring bent grass. The full 71 par 6,594-yard course is the brainchild of Bob E Baldock. In addition to online tee time booking, they offer gorgeous scenery, golf lessons, and bag/cart storage. Their premium golf vacations are complete with a full country club offering tennis, swimming, dining, events, and fitness center.

Centennial Golf Course, Nampa, ID

Only 20 minutes from Boise are the 18 serene holes of the Centennial Golf Course. This course has a par of 72 for its 6,700 yards. Naturally carved features and manmade water hazards accent the fairways and greens make the game as relaxing as it is entertaining. They also have a pro-shop, practice range, and clubhouse with a great view -- another great addition to Idaho golf vacations.

Twin Falls Municipal Golf Course

The Twin Falls Municipal Golf Course is a must for those enjoying a holiday in the area. The 5,234 yards offer golfers 18 holes with a par of 68. The blue grass course is rated at 64.8 and has a slope rating of 102. This shorter course and driving range opened in 1939 and offers online tee times as well as through other nearby golf courses often for a discounted rate.

These six establishments are all close to Idaho golf resorts making it easy to pack in as much of the game as you like while still providing you with tons of other activities and beautiful scenery to keep life interesting. Idaho is definitely one of America's best-kept secrets when it comes to planning the ultimate golf vacations.