Par-5 18th selected as one of the ‘Great Holes of the Northwest’
In the March 2022 issue of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the par-5 18th hole at Idaho Falls Country Club is recognized as one of the “Great Holes of the Northwest,” one of just four holes selected each year by the Northwest’s largest and longest-running golf publication.
The downhill tee shot on this short par 5 to a tree-lined fairway plays directly into the prevailing wind, but the fairway is generous, with just one bunker on the right side. It is possible to reach the green with the second shot, but the approach is uphill and anything short will roll back down the false front. The green is protected by bunkers left and right. With a pond on the right side, the bailout area is left.
Incorporated in 1947, the Idaho Falls Country Club occupied a building adjacent to the municipal Pinecrest Golf Course near downtown Idaho Falls. Eventually, the IFCC selected a site eight miles south of Idaho Falls to build a private country club. Famed architect William F. Bell, designer of dozens of courses including Torrey Pines – site of the 2008 and 2021 U.S. Open – created a masterpiece on ideal rolling terrain, with the course opening in 1964.
The site of numerous regional championships, USGA qualifiers and Rocky Mountain Section PGA tournaments, Idaho Falls Country Club will host the 2022 Idaho State Championship for both men and women on July 7-9. Visit Idaho Falls Country Club or the Idaho Golf Association for more information.
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