The Floating Green Golf Course Coeur d’Alene Idaho
If you’ve heard of Coeur d’Alene, you’ve either heard of Its beautiful lake, resort, or even Its world-famous floating green golf course. So what is it about this floating green that makes it so world-famous? Well, there’s nothing quite like it found anywhere else! Golfers from across the world have traveled far distances just for their chance to shoot their shot at this specially engineered lake-bound shot.
A Little About This Course:
Once described by Golf Digest as “America’s Most Beautiful Resort Golf Course,” this Idaho-based golf course has done nothing but live up to the status quo. According to the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course website, It was 1991 when an esteemed Duane Hagadone had the vision for a golfing experience like no other. Since then, this 14-hole, par 71 golf course has delivered on its promises to be a golfing experience like no other.
Where is Cd’A?
Coeur d’Alene is a small Idahoan town founded in 1878 with a growing population in the northern part of the state. How far is Coeur d’Alene from Spokane? Our sister city Spokane, WA, is roughly a half hour away and a 30-mile drive away. This city is sometimes called “Lake City,” but it’s even better known as Cd’A for short.
What once first started as a fort town much later became a globally publicized region. In the late 90s, the addition of attractions, such as the floating green, was constructed and began to gain recognition worldwide for its marvel – especially praised within the golf community.
What Was Here Before?
The property that we now know as The Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course was previously used as the old Rutledge Mill. A controversy at the time, and according to many locals, still an unwelcome addition, many could agree that Hagadone’s vision to turn a 148-acre property covered in waste piles into a beautiful lakeside attraction only added to the town’s value.
What Is The Floating Green?
The world-famous floating green is the last hole of the course and is where golfers worldwide shoot their shots at making it across Lake Coeur d’Alene. This floating green resulted from a vision Duane Hagadone had when envisioning the future use of the old mill site and watching a tug boat go by. Golfers whose skill outweighs the odds are then escorted by boat to finish their round on the movable island. I’d highly encourage checking out this YouTube video provided by the Coeur d’Alene Resort with a neat backstory and insider’s perspective on how the floating green stays afloat and is operated by course staff.