The Lovely Sharon and I just got back from a week long golf trip to Idaho. The primary reason for the golf trip was to play in the 9th Annual Payette Cup Couples' golf tournament at Whitetail Golf Club in McCall, Idaho. The first Payette Cup Tournament was held in 2005 and the Lovely Sharon and I participated in the first tournament. We played in the first six tournaments and then we missed the last two. When we received the invitation for this year's tournament we immediately signed up to play.
McCall, Idaho is some 100 miles north of Boise, Idaho. McCall sits on the shore of beautiful Payette Lake, a blue water glacial lake. The Whitetail Golf Course, an Andy North designed course, is one of the top five courses I have ever played. I have played somewhere around 20 rounds on the course. Although the course has always been in wonderful condition, this year, the course was in immaculate shape.
The Whitetail Golf Club is owned by Joe Scott, a grandson of Joe Albertson, the founder of Albertson’s grocery store. In addition to the golf club, Mr. Scott owns the Shore Lodge, a beautiful inn on the shore of Payette Lake. The Shore Lodge has been an Idaho Institution since 1948. We love the Shore Lodge and have many fun evenings with old friends and new friends during the golf tournament. Over the years we have encouraged various friends to play in the tournament. The first year, 2005, we did not know anyone in the field but we soon became friends with a number of players including Whitetail members Kevin and Cathy. The second year we brought three Salt Lake couples with us. The third year we brought 17 couples, the fourth year 14 couples and the fifth year 15 couples. This year Palm Desert friends David and Wesley played in the tournament with us.
We checked into the Shore Lodge last Wednesday afternoon and had four wonderful nights, parties, great lunches and three rounds of beautiful golf. Over the years I have taken hundreds of photos of the Whitetail golf club, here are a few from this year:
Ladies Tee Box 6th hole
From the 12th Tee
Looking back at the 12 hole tee box
Looking at the Club house from the 15th green
The Lovely Sharon teeing off on the par five 15th hole
The Club house from the 10th fairway
The beautiful serpentine lake
John checking the yardage
The beautiful 11th hole
The second hole from the ladies tee
David on the Tee
Wesley on the Tee
Here is a photo from 2010
Whitetail is a great golf course. Its beautiful, its playable and its interesting. If you stay at the Shore Lodge, you can play White Tail. I highly recommend it.
My next post will be photos taken from our room's balcony at the Shore Lodge.