The Treasure Valley offers a number of quality courses for players of all stripes, and golf is a great way to get some exercise, spend some quality time with friends and family and enjoy the great outdoors at the same time. Here’s a rundown on some of the more popular Valley courses (this is not an exhaustive list, but it is a good place to start).
Boise’s city-owned municipal course is also one of the most convenient. Warm Springs Golf Course is located, not surprisingly, on Warm Springs Avenue, less than two miles from downtown. Stretching 6961 yards from the back tees, Warm Springs features wide open fairways for the beginner, but enough challenge for the seasoned vet. The course runs next to the Boise River and features plenty of shade, so it’s perfect for a summertime outing. It’s also Boise best bargain with 18 holes going for only $26/weekdays, $30/weekends (the weekend rate is for all the holes you can play), with lots of specials and seasonal deals. http://www.warmspringsgolfcourse.com
If you are looking for more of a test, or are possibly into self-abuse, Quail Hollow Golf Course may be more your style. Located in the Boise foothills at the end of North 36th Street, Quail seems short at only 6325 (back tees), but the brutal changes in elevation make it play like a much longer course, culminating in the dreaded trip to the 18th tee, some 200 feet in elevation above the fairway below. Nasty slick greens and a twisty layout make this a challenge to test even a seasoned pro. That being said, the course is a blast to play, but plan on taking a cart, or it could be a long day. Rates are $23 for 9 holes, $32 for 18. www.quailhollowgolfclub.com
For a course that has everything, check out Shadow Valley Golf Course, north of Eagle on Highway 55, on the way to Horseshoe Bend. One of the shorter layouts in the Valley, it still provides an outstanding challenge for any golfer in a beautiful setting nestled against the Boise Front. Plenty of elevation change, along with some trouble to be had if you don’t drive it straight, Shadow Valley offers a lot of bang for the buck with 9 holes starting at $20/weekdays ($34 for 18), $22 and $42 on the weekend. If you can get in a few holes after work, Shadow Valley offers golf for $1 per hole after 6:30 on weekdays. http://www.shadowvalley.com
For those in the west end of the valley, check out Ridgecrest Country Club located just west of the Idaho Center on Ridgecrest Drive. The course features 27 holes of links style (read: no trees) golf. Tricky, undulating greens along with decent length (6918 yards, back tees), plus a devilishly steep trek up the 17th fairway make for a challenging outing and a lot of fun. But be warned, the course is fairly young and shade trees are at a premium, so wear a hat, take some sunscreen and drink lots of water! Rates are 18 holes/$28 weekdays, $35 weekends. http://www2.cybergolf.com
There are plenty of other fine courses in the Treasure valley, each offering a unique golf experience, no matter your aspirations or skill level. If you’ve never golfed (or it just looks like you haven’t), no need to stay away. All these courses have lessons for everyone from beginner to experienced so you have no excuses for missing out. If you’re lacking a little frustration in your life, golf can definitely fill that void, as well as some camaraderie and addictive fun! The important thing is: get out and play!