Winter season can idle forever in Teton Valley, Idaho, where endless streams of serious snowstorms are embraced by the small army of outdoor enthusiasts who reside here. I suspect that the joy of skiing world-class snow conditions from November thru April’s end tends to muffle any serious grumblings about the lingering chill in the air felt deep into spring. Everyone needs to see and experience this place. Teton Valley is magnificently engulfed by the Big Hole Mountains, the northern edge of the Snake River Range, and the ever mind-boggling and gorgeous Teton Range to the east. The Teton River winds through the flat valley floor, anther constant reminder of the endless recreation possibilities one will discover here.
The spring rains in Teton Valley were a drag, but then summer hit and all was forgiven. Mother Nature’s copious moisture contribution this past year, in virtually all forms, turned Teton Valley into Emerald City of the Northern Rockies. I don’t think I ever remember it being this green and lush, with fields of wildflowers filling in every nook and crevice. Guests at the Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, in the heart of Victor, Idaho, are enjoying first-hand the benefits of those wet, spring days followed by warm & sunny summer days. It was well worth the wait!
Most visitors to this idyllic valley, and the locals lucky enough to call it home, realize what a treasure chest of outdoor recreation, particularly golf, is at their fingertips here in Yellowstone-Teton territory. Maybe it was the abundance of rich & fertile farmland plump with character that lured golf course developers to this small enclave over the past decade. Whatever the reason, Teton Valley is home to an unusually high number of quality courses. One in particular that tickles my fancy is the Headwaters Club at Teton Springs Resort.
Now considered eastern Idaho’s gem of gems, and tucked within the confines of Teton Springs Resort, literally steps from the popular Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, is the Headwaters Club and Golf Course. This 18-hole course, designed by legendary golf professional Byron Nelson, is gorgeous and unique and integral to this eastern Idaho’s only full-service resort. Surrounded by mountains and adjacent to the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, this course was designed blending together a unique blend of tradition and talent. Now in its sixth year of operation, the Headwaters Course is truly coming alive. Trees are maturing, native grasses lining the course wave gloriously in the breeze, the lakes and ponds crystal clear, the fairways lush, and the greens all a thing of glory. It’s no wonder the Bald Eagles hang here; it doesn’t get much prettier than this place.
There are a number of options available to check out the Headwaters Club. If you live in the area, book a tee-time, sample the wares and look into a full membership package at Headwaters; it’s a great time to buy! If you’re a guest at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, terrific golf packages abound. You can literally be a “member” during your stay and enjoy all the benefits of the Headwaters Club, including an incredible price per round (ask the nice folks at the Lodge about this “Unlimited Golf Membership Program”).
TETON TWOSOME – More fun than any “Texas Two Step,” this package affords you one day of golf at Headwaters and your second day of play at Teton Reserve. Just up the road a piece, Teton Reserve is a Hale Irwin designed course that is very appealing to the low handicap player but also forgiving for the beginner. This course claims bragging right as the nation’s first 18 hole reversible championship golf course. So, relax in one of Teton Springs Lodge’s 52 luxury rooms and golf on two of Teton Valley’s best courses. For $165 per day, per person, it doesn’t really get any better than this (2 night minimum stay required – cart fees and use of practice facilities included).