Hole #1 - This dog-leg right opening hole presents a forgiving fairway for the first tee shot. The left side of the par 5 fairway is protected by a large bunker and a lone 60 ft. pine tree. For those looking to go for the green, a right-center tee shot is preferred. Conversely, the right side of the large green is guarded by a monstrous bunker with tall pine trees on the left to make you think twice about your second shot.
Hole #2 - Arguably the toughest test on the golf course with a prevailing head-breeze off Lake Coeur d'Alene. This long slight dog-leg right par 4 demands accuracy off the tee and is critical to a successful scoring opportunity. A left-center tee shot with little forgiveness is a necessity to this two tiered forward sloping green with a narrow hidden bunker behind it.
Hole #3 - A short par 3 with the Lake Coeur d'Alene shoreline along the left. Tall pines and a hill of Juniper bushes protect the right. The front-left is guarded by a small bunker with another small bunker in the center back of the mildly tiered back-to-front sloping large green.
Hole #4 - A short, yet challenging par 4, tempting a risky tee shot to set up a short approach. More conservative golfers should carry their tee shot about 210 yards. Aim at the tall pine right of center with a slight draw for the best angle to the green. Lateral hazard left and right sides of fairway, OB right along the fence and behind the green. The right side is a lateral hazard up to the junction in the cart path. Go long and your faced with the deepest rough on the course off a side-hill lie.
Play a short approach up to the small elevated green protected by exposed rock at the front. This is the easy hole on paper that often mars the scorecard with a big number.
Hole #5 - Redesigned in 2003, the par 3 5th blossomed to become one of the most picturesque holes anywhere. Inspired by a unique golf hole in Sardinia, Italy on the Mediterranean, the clover shaped three tiered green is surrounded by one of the world's largest formal bunkers and beautiful rust-toned rock outcroppings. Spectacular elevated views of Lake Coeur d'Alene paint the backdrop of this unforgettable golf hole.
Risk-reward pin placements are not unusual on this green. Your advice from the pro... play your tee shot to the middle of the green.
Hole #6 - The moment you step onto the tee of this dramatic elevated par 3, you'll know why it quickly established itself as "the other" signature hole at The Coeur d'Alene Resort. 80 foot pines tower over the green and surrounds. Expansive vista views of Lake Coeur d'Alene can be seen from the terraced set of teeing grounds adding to the distraction from the game at hand.
Bunkers guard the left and back of this large back-to-front sloping green with mild undulation. A hill of ball-eating Junipers gulps up errant tee shots to the right. Slightly right will give you a member's bounce off a steep hill on to the green. This is another golf hole not soon forgotten.
Hole #7 - A mid-length dog-leg left par 4 with elevated teeing grounds that requires an accurate tee shot to get an open look at the green. Aim at the left edge of the fairway bunker for the prime position. A slight draw is preferred for longer hitters to avoid the bunker. A large back-to-front sloping large green is protected by bunkers on the front-left and right-hand sides. The fence line down the left of the hole is OB.
Hole #8 - Another mid-length par 4 with a 70 foot pine tree splitting the center of the fairway near the tee shot landing area stares you down on the teeing ground, awaiting your drive at 200 yards out from the green. Longer hitters prefer to take the shot left or over the tree. Moderate to short hitters usually opt for the more direct route right of the tree. A large fairway bunker on the right protects against longer tee shots on the right.
The fairway drops down 30 feet to a catch basin in front of the green with numerous bunkers on the hill to the left of the large, mildly sloping two-tiered green.
Hole #9 - This long par 5 is the longest on the course. A slight dog-leg left with a large fairway bunker on the right. Long hitters will require a pinpoint accurate tee shot to split the narrow landing area between the bunker on the right and a treed hill on the left. The small green is well protected with three bunkers and a deceivingly sloped putting surface. Don't forget to place your breakfast or lunch order. Your forecaddie will take your order and fax it in from the tee box.
Hole #10 - A moderately long par 4 usually accompanied by a tailwind is a good test to start off the back 9. Favor the left side of the fairway to avoid the large fairway bunker and tall pines on the right. The right side of the green is protected by a bunker, left of the green drops off sharply down a hill.
Hole #11 - Reminiscent of the famed 13th hole at Augusta National, this beautifully sculpted par 5 winds to the left following Fernan Creek, a revitalized trout stream, which flows in both directions depending on the season. Big hitters have a chance to go for the green in two, however, the risks are numerous. Towering pine trees guard the right side of the fairway demanding accuracy as the fairway slopes towards the lateral water hazard down the left.
The approach shot is all carry as the creek cuts in front , around the right side and behind this dramatic three-tiered green accessible by three bridges. A small bunker protects the green on the back side.
Hole #12 - A long mildly downhill par 3 with a well fortified tiered green. With the mouth of Fernan Creek winding down the left, behind and back around to the right side of the green, forgiveness is not a luxury on this hole. A bunker on the front left and a grass basin on the front right add to the abounding danger looming around of the green.
Hole #13 - A short par 4 with a multitude of risk/reward options. With Lake Coeur d'Alene down the left, O.B. right of the cart path and a threatening large fairway bunker on the right, a short carry over the first water inlet is the safe play using a mid to long iron off the tee. Long hitters have a chance to drive near or on the green with only a perfect tee shot. PGA Tour notable, John Daily, took that chance in the 1992 Merrill Lynch Shootout Championship with a 313 yard drive to within 15 feet of the pin and dropping the putt for Eagle on national television.
The short approach shot takes you over a second water inlet to a two-tiered well protected green with bunkers on three sides.
Hole #14 - The world famous floating island green has become an icon in the world of golf. The most unique feature of the green is its ability to be computer controlled to a different distance from the tee each day. At approximately 15,000 square feet, the island, although intimidating, is a deceivingly large target. The back and front right of the green is protected by bunkers. Golfers take a maximum of two attempts to land safely on the island before taking a drop on the green if necessary.
To finish the hole, come aboard the "Putter" boat, an electric powered shuttle that transfers golfers to and from the island green. As you depart from the island, the boat captain will leave you with a personalized Certificate of Achievement, commemorating the completion of this most memorable golf hole.
Hole #15 - A short slight dog-leg right par 5 with a prevailing tailwind... best opportunity on the golf course for a sub-par score. The left side of the fairway is guarded by a large hill and bunker. Right of the fairway, although relatively open, will not leave you an open look at the green due to a grove of tall pines near the approach area. A left center tee shot is preferred.
The green is large, long and narrow (160 ft. from front to back) with bunkers on the right and left. Check the daily pin placement carefully; club selection is critical to hit it close to the pin on this undulating green with dramatic breaks.
Hole #16 - A moderate length slight dog-leg left par 4 with a large forgiving fairway. Long hitters must guard against the fairway bunker on the right. Large pines line the landing area on the right and left of the fairway. The approach to this small hidden green is tricky with four small bunkers in the front and grass basins in the back.
Hole #17 - Another short par 4 with risks for those who choose to take a bold approach at the green. At only 236 from the men's standard tan tee markers, this hole beckons golfers to go for it. With a slight dog-leg left near the green, the hole protects itself with tall pines and a large bunker on the left which drops 15 feet below the putting surface. The right is protected by more tall pines, and grass basins. Tee shots with a smooth draw and the right club gives you an excellent shot at a sub-par score. The moderate sized green slopes back-to-front with a right-to-left break.
Hole #18 - A finishing hole that keeps up with the best of them. This long dog-leg left par 4 into a prevailing headwind can be intimidating off the tee. Short hitters should take it at the flagpole in the distance to avoid numerous fairway bunkers short of the fairway and to the right. Aggressive long hitters have the option of taking it over a second wave of large fairway bunkers on the left.
The approach to the two-tiered large green is protected by a large bunker on the right. A forgiving hillside gives you a bailout to the left and long.