For a golf fanatic, nothing makes a more perfect gift than spending time out on the links enjoying the crisp, fresh air and the beautiful scenery. In Idaho, golf resorts and towns provide the picture perfect scenery, well-designed links and luxurious lodgings along with a wide range of activities. Here are the five best locations to enjoy the game and a vacation at the same time.
Headwaters Club Golf, Teton Springs
Designed by the world famous Steve Jones, Gary Stephenson, and Byron Nelson, this 18-hole course varies in length from 5,500 to 7,500 yards. In addition to the well-designed course, you have access to the practice facilities, a full-service pro shop, and professional golf lessons. If you are in the mood for a shorter game, they also offer a 9-hole course (par 3). In fact, Golf Digest Magazine and Golfweek Magazine were so pleased with the course they named it #3 in Idaho and #23 for Best New Courses.
Pinecrest Golf Club, Idaho Falls
William H Tucker designed the Pinecrest course opening it in 1936. It is a stunning par 70 course coated in luscious blue grass. It has a slope rating of 116 and the course itself is rated at 69.5. In all, this course features a full 18-holes and 6,419 yards of game to suit every taste. Wide fairways and medium difficult approach shots tempt golfers from across the country. They also offer online booking of tee times.
The Club At Black Rock, Coeur D Arlene
Another ideal course for golf vacations is this 18-hole course designed by James J Engh, which opened in 2003. Close to Idaho golf resorts, this beautiful facility is composed of 7,130 yards with a total par of 72. The scenery and course design is stunning -- cliffs, hills, greenery, and waterfalls. The community is currently constructing another championship course and 18-hole putting course designed by Tom Weiskopf.
Crane Creek Golf Course
Opened in 1962, Crane Creek has a slope of 124 and a course rating of 70.8 featuring bent grass. The full 71 par 6,594-yard course is the brainchild of Bob E Baldock. In addition to online tee time booking, they offer gorgeous scenery, golf lessons, and bag/cart storage. Their premium golf vacations are complete with a full country club offering tennis, swimming, dining, events, and fitness center.
Centennial Golf Course, Nampa, ID
Only 20 minutes from Boise are the 18 serene holes of the Centennial Golf Course. This course has a par of 72 for its 6,700 yards. Naturally carved features and manmade water hazards accent the fairways and greens make the game as relaxing as it is entertaining. They also have a pro-shop, practice range, and clubhouse with a great view -- another great addition to Idaho golf vacations.
Twin Falls Municipal Golf Course
The Twin Falls Municipal Golf Course is a must for those enjoying a holiday in the area. The 5,234 yards offer golfers 18 holes with a par of 68. The blue grass course is rated at 64.8 and has a slope rating of 102. This shorter course and driving range opened in 1939 and offers online tee times as well as through other nearby golf courses often for a discounted rate.
These six establishments are all close to Idaho golf resorts making it easy to pack in as much of the game as you like while still providing you with tons of other activities and beautiful scenery to keep life interesting. Idaho is definitely one of America's best-kept secrets when it comes to planning the ultimate golf vacations.
There are lots of resorts worldwide that specialize in honeymoon and island weddings. The bride and groom who are planning their wedding and honeymoon should consider an all-inclusive vacation to a tropical island resort. All Inclusive Vacations provide customized personal service to honeymooners or to those who are looking for a place to get married in the tropics. By doing your homework and shopping around, you will find excellent bargains and luxurious locations for your romantic getaway – and you’ll be genuinely surprised when you find out all of the extras that resorts include with their all-inclusive vacation packages.
Part of the excitement of planning your wedding and/or honeymoon is looking at all of the options you have when trying to find just the right place. We won’t review any specific all-inclusive vacations because prices change often, but we’ll share some samples of what we’ve found online and we encourage you to devote some time for a comprehensive search. If you do, you’ll find the perfect romantic location.
oA honeymoon special in Antigua includes free gifts for the bride and groom of Waterford crystal, Samsonite luggage and Wedgwood china. Accommodations include gourmet food, outdoor activities at the resort, an in-room mini bar and personalized butler service.
oA honeymoon special for newlyweds to the Bahamas includes an all-day shopping excursion to Nassau’s world-renowned Bay Street Marketplace. The location features luxurious white sands, romantic seclusion on an exotic tropical island, and undisturbed quality time together.
oThis all-inclusive honeymoon special to Bora Bora in French Polynesia covers all of your meals, all of the wine and beer you can drink at mealtime, day trips by bike, horseback or jeep, sailboating, snorkeling in tropical reefs, windsurfing and tennis, free access to an onsite spa and free tickets to the evening floor show of exotic Tahitian dancing.
oA Mexican honeymoon special features the white sand beaches of the Mexican shoreline, clear blue swimming pools, whirlpools, access to a golf course and a country club, scuba diving, snorkeling in nearby reefs, windsurfing, tennis, and having beauty treatments in the onsite spa.
If you’re getting married soon and looking for a location for your island wedding, look at these tropical island locations that offer both honeymoon and island wedding all inclusive vacations:
oBelize -provides personal wedding coordinator for the couple, a wedding cake and location for the wedding, wedding arch made of fresh flowers and foliage, free champagne, floral bouquet made of tropical flowers for the bride, all license fees are included, photography and videography are provided, and witnesses are also available if you need them
oJamaica – A Twilight Wedding Package provides the bride and groom with a personal wedding consultant, a pedicure in the spa for the bride, a massage for the groom, live entertainment at the wedding ceremony, fully-decorated reception hall, fresh floral bouquet for the bride and boutonniere for the groom, free chilled champagne, double-decker wedding cake, photographer and videographer services, photographs are presented in a collectible photo album, housekeeping provides rose petal turndown service every night, a scented bath is drawn for two, and a romantic breakfast in bed is served.