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The clouds of winter are gone, the sun is high in the sky and lush grass covers the fairways. From lakeside greens in Northern Idaho to mountain landscapes in the southern part of the State, Idaho’s golf courses are officially open.

The Idaho Golf Trail is a golfer’s playground featuring four loops in different regions of the State and 14 courses of world-class golfing. Each loop is unique and offers courses of varying difficulty to accommodate all skill levels. The courses along the Idaho Golf Trail are situated in or near resort-style settings to provide the ultimate luxury golf experience. Ranging from the Scottish-style layout at Banbury Golf Club in Southwest Idaho, to the 60 white-sand bunkers at Circling Raven to the north, the Idaho Golf Trail offers an experience for the novice golfer, professional player and everyone in between.

The Trail’s northern loop features Stone Ridge, Coeur d’Alene Resort, Circling Raven and the University of Idaho golf courses. Here, challenging courses meet unique surroundings, including thick fir tree forests and awe-inspiring azure mountain lakes.

Meadow Creek, Tamarack, Whitetail and Jug Mountain Ranch courses are the gems of the Central Loop. These courses are nestled in lush, green valleys surrounded by pine trees and stunning vistas.

The southern loop features two courses near Boise --Banbury and Falcon Crest -- and the classic Sun Valley Resort just 2.5 hours away. The wide open spaces, rolling foothills and mountain valleys make for a truly diverse golf adventure.

The eastern loop lies just west of the majestic Teton Mountains and Yellowstone National Park. Teton Reserve, Teton Springs and Pinecrest courses take you to another world with wide-open skies and picturesque river valleys.

Of course, each loop features more than great golf. Whitewater rafting, fly fishing, hiking and biking are available nearby. Indoor pursuits are also plentiful and include, shopping, museums, art galleries, historic attractions and performing arts. A burgeoning wine industry has taken root in southwest Idaho, spurring the development of more wineries to the north and south, and generating excitement for the fabulous, locally-sourced restaurants popping up across Idaho.