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I've played it 100+ times. Probably in 20 M/Gs over the years. I was a member at Avondale next door for some years and would have joined HLCC if I had stayed around there. Dinner overlooking the lake in the clubhouse is as good as it gets. The course is pleasant but too tight with nerve-racking Lakeview Rd cutting right thru the place. You'll enjoy the first green - shaped like Idaho. "are you playing to Coeur d'Alene, Boise or Idaho Falls today?" The club bought 13 acres 20-some years ago and had Rathard (sp) from Denver design 3 new holes. Bing Crosby was a member there for years as his cabin was just across the lake. In the 1950s I have heard the M/G was the largest Calcutta in the country. So much so a HLCC high roller brought Sam Snead out as his guest for a few years. Pretty place but doesn't move the golf needle much. JC
Play Avondale. Close to my heart. Very tight little housing course that can be a fun and inexpensive round. Won't move the needle but in good shape it is quite pleasant. I always enjoyed the Cd'A muni too. The other more notable courses you've likely heard about. The Cd'A Resort course, The Black Rock pair and Gozzer are all worth a tee in the ground (assuming you can get on the later three). If you want a chance at seeing moose and bear head on up to Sandpoint and The Idaho Club. On the south side of the Lake is Circling Raven - a nice Bates layout. Skip the rather sad casino there! Kalispell (Old Spokane CC) is quite good and worth a drive over to Spokane. Further south you could play Palouse Ridge - a university course that is above average. J
Jonathan,Not sure how Indian Canyon was left off this list, perhaps just an oversight. Outside of Black Rock and Gozzer, I would put it above all the rest you mentioned...
Different strokes for different folks and all...I get Idaho Club and Circling Raven, they are fine modern layouts, but in this case my preference lies with an old-timey course like IC with its wicked greens, fairways built in giant swales instead of being bulldozed to oblivion, and uneven lies aplenty to challenge each shot. Its got great bones, and a Gil Hanse-like restoration would certainly make it sparkle again. Full disclosure HLCC is the one course mentioned a few posts ago that I haven't played.P.S. I know Avondale is a sentimental pick for you, but I have a hard time putting it any higher than 2 on the DS.
Speaking as a resident here in the CDA area, Indian Canyon is not to be missed. The green complexes are just brilliant. A favorite of of Tommy N and my home course. Perhaps Egan's best preserved course.Idaho Club is a very pretty setting, but a very, very difficult course with lots of forced carries. Its worth playing once, but no more than that.Circling Raven is a good option. Bates did a good job overall.Latah Creek, (formerly Hangman's Valley) is a solid course and probably my 2nd favorite course on the Spokane side of the border.