Upgraded course, upscale services make this lakeside luxury resort a golfer's dream. At the Coeur d'Alene Resort in Idaho, they spell Guest with a capital G. It's just how they do things at this 18-story lakeside golf destination. When owner Duane Hagadone founded the Resort in 1986, he insisted on this philosophy from the start.
The result? An unforgettable golf experience of personal service and attention to detail set in the cool, clear mountain air of Idaho at the edge of one of the prettiest lakes in America.
Tall pine trees, mountains and the deep blue waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene, border the Resort Golf Course. To this marvelous setting, add the elegant service touches for which The Resort is famous ? the wooden boat ride to the course, amazing caddies and even a complimentary massage before tee time - and you have a golf vacation which approaches heaven.
Throw in a lakeside spa, a thriving downtown setting with fine dining and shopping, an action-packed waterfront, and a region known as the outdoor playground of the Pacific Northwest, and you have a visit that will be remembered fondly by the family too.
Zagat Survey Honors Coeur d'Alene Resort
These are all reasons why The Coeur d'Alene Resort has been named the Number One place to stay for both golfing and skiing in the Zagat Survey's "Top U.S. Hotels, Resorts and Spas" and honored by Golf Odyssey as one of "The World's Top Twenty Golf Destinations." Conde Nast Traveler agrees, naming The Resort one of the "Top 25 Golf Courses in the World."
When golf Guests arrive at The Resort, they are greeted at the front door and ushered to their luxurious award-winning guestroom. Their clubs are whisked away, to reappear only when ready for play. Golfers are treated to a nightly wine reception with handpicked selections from the award-winning collection in The Resort's wine cellar. In nearby Beverly's Restaurant overlooking Lake Coeur d'Alene, diners will be treated to a stunning $1.3 million renovation for 2005.
"Our philosophy is to absolutely roll out the red carpet for our Guests," says Jerry Jaeger, President and Co-Owner of Hagadone Hospitality.
Ride the Water Taxi
The ride from the Guest's room to the course itself is simply one of the most unique, and most beautiful, to be found anywhere in North American golf destinations.
Golfers are treated to an elegant ride across Lake Coeur d'Alene in one of two beautifully handcrafted mahogany boats, the Eagle One and Eagle Two. Built by local craftsman Syd Young, a tradition handed down from his father; these wooden beauties have a smooth, quiet ride.
The six-minute voyage across the tranquil waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene provides not only a first class arrival for tee time, but also a scenic tour of the glacier-carved lake basin. It's from here the Guest first catches sight of The Resort's signature hole, a man-made island which can only be reached with a Par-3 drive across open water.
At the Coeur d'Alene, every golfing group is pampered by a forecaddie who accompanies them to the over-the-water driving range, guides the Guests through their golf experience, and gives accurate distance to the flagstick using laser guns. The caddies are an invaluable part of playing The Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course.
"Here, a caddie is not just a caddie, but a personal concierge for the day," says Luke Stavros, director of golf for The Coeur d'Alene.
Beauty and Beast
The course itself, at 6,804 yards from the Gold Tees, has several aspects that make it truly unique: The lovely lake setting, recently upgraded design and the undisturbed nature of play. The upgrade, unveiled in 2003, was designed to make what has always been a very playable and aesthetic course more challenging to top golfers.
Adding to the award-winning design of golf architect Scott Miller, The Resort has installed 21 more white sand bunkers and planted 250 new trees. Changes to the 5th hole opened up views of Lake Coeur d'Alene and put natural rock formations into play.
Another personal touch is the lunch service available on the 9th hole. The caddie sends in an order, which is prepared and sent out in a picnic basket to the 10th tee.
The goal throughout the experience is seamless personal attention, from the minute the Guest books a golf vacation until the time the Resort staff waves goodbye.
"I have never been to a place where, from top to bottom, they are as friendly and attuned to detail in golf as this," says John Bodenhamer, executive director of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association. "They want to be unique in every respect and they have certainly achieved it."