In the September 2021 issue of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the par-5 16th hole at Jug Mountain Ranch in McCall, Idaho 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 direct-mailed golf publication.
This is a big-shouldered par-5 that sweeps down and to the right, and is maybe the last best chance to make up some ground on the scorecard. There are wetlands down both sides of the fairway, and to cut the corner of the dogleg-right requires a carry of 230 yards from the Blue tees. Aim for left-center off the tee, and let gravity, time and space take care of the rest. For the second shot, the choice will be whether to lay up or try to carry Boulder Creek, which runs across in front of the green and down the right side of the putting surface. The greenside bunker on the left is a good option for a bailout.
Designed by Donald Knott, the golf course at Jug Mountain Ranch was named second-best new public course by Golf Digest in 2008, and was named one of the “Best Courses You Can Play” in Idaho by Golfweek in 2016. The course is an amenity of a 1,410-acre private residential community set beneath Jughandle Mountain’s 8,310-foot peak. Roughly 75 percent of the Ranch (1,000 acres) has been set aside for preserved open space and a championship golf course. Visit JugMountainRanch.com for more
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