Sandpoint Idaho Offerings Include Jack Nicklaus’ Idaho Club

By Alice and Danny Scott

To avoid the cliché, “hidden gem” let’s call Sandpoint Idaho the unheralded jewel of Idaho’s north country.

Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced pond oh ray) is the centerpiece with three mountains hugging it from the horizon. Water activities are primo on this 43-mile-long and very deep lake. It is so deep (over 1250’) that the navy performed sonar tests here.

The diminutive population of Sandpoint Idaho of approximately 10,000 doubles and triples with tourists. The climate and lake draw summer visitors while Schweitzer Mountain Resort attracts both summer hikers and alpine lovers. It is in fact the largest ski area in Idaho. Sandpoint is laid back for those who want to get away from it all and enjoy the nature which abounds.

Not to take a backseat to the area’s activity menu is the golfing venue at The Idaho Club. Jack Nicklaus’ design is in perfect harmony with the natural terrain. Nothing is forced or gimmicky here. The fairways ebb and flow with the forested landscape. More