best golf course
In Sun Valley,
First designed by William Bell as a nine-hole course in 1938, the Sun Valley Golf Course was expanded to 18 holes in the early 1960s. New Sun Valley Resort owner Earl Holding loved the sound of the Trail Creek water and the sight of existing trees, so he immediately beautified the Sun Valley Golf Course by planting thousands of trees in the late 1970s—just adding to breathtaking views of Baldy.
Noted course designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. re-designed the 18-hole Sun Valley Golf Course in 1980. That course is now called the Trail Creek Championship Course, 6,968 yards of challenge that perfectly complements the nine-hole, 3,605-yard White Clouds ridge course that debuted in 2009. The courses emanate from a 58,000-square-foot clubhouse that welcomes the public with terraces, dining areas and locker rooms. There is a 25-acre practice facility with a driving range that hits toward Baldy.
Elkhorn Golf Club, originally opened in 1974 as a 7,200-yard test of your golfing skills, was acquired by Sun Valley Resort in July 2011. Elkhorn Golf Club retains its memberships, but Sun Valley Resort guests have access to the course and its new 16,000-square-foot clubhouse. It has given Sun Valley its current tally of 45 holes.
Group outings and conventions are very popular at Sun Valley Golf Course—and it's been that way for nearly three-quarters of a century. Foursomes from all over southern Idaho and the Intermountain region make their way to Sun Valley for annual golfing trips. They are known and welcomed by the front-line staff. They enjoy the views, the dry weather, the altitude that boosts their shot distance and the hospitality of the valley.
"We're proud of all our return guests, local, regionally or nationally," said Sibbach.
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