I'm not sure if we have any golfers who post in this forum, but this is great news for such a young all seasons resort in the wilderness near Boise. Tamarack has earned a lot of accolades which is cool since much of the resort is still under construction. Plus the Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf selecting the course as its International Resort Headquarters helps put this resort in the big leagues. My family has a summer cabin near Tamarack so I plan on learning to golf when I am there mountainbiking.
I have heard that there are some preliminary plans for another luxery resort in the McCall/Tamarack area and that there might be a high rise hotel. Who knows, McCall might be the next Coeur d' Alene someday.
Golf Digest Names Osprey Meadows at Tamarack Resort America’s Best New Public Course
TAMARACK, Idaho – (December 6, 2006) – Golf Digest, the most highly recognized golf publication in America, has honored Osprey Meadows at Tamarack Resort by naming it America’s Best New Public Course $75 and Over for 2006.
“It was a season that celebrated authenticity in golf design,” said Ron Whitten, Golf Digest Senior Editor, Architecture. In writing about Osprey Meadows Whitten noted, “Osprey Meadows' strongest virtue is in the Aesthetics category, the sweeping grandeur of its layout in a location ringed by mountain ranges.”
In describing Osprey Meadows (www.golfdigest.com/bestnew)
, Golf Digest wrote:
“The delights of Osprey Meadows, Golf Digest's Best New Public Course $75 and Over, include rich green bluegrass fairways, gracefully sculptured bunkers, generous (and generously contoured) putting surfaces, all framed by marshland habitats, tallgrass meadows, clusters of birch, walls of towering Douglas firs and the panorama of 21-mile-long Lake Cascade, Idaho's version of Lake Tahoe--without the rooftops.”
“Those who played Osprey Meadows during its inaugural season marveled at the dramatic changes in landscape that create this unique golf experience,” says Alfredo Miguel, Tamarack’s Chairman of the Board and avid golfer. “To receive national recognition from such a highly respected publication is a tribute to this majestic landscape, the vision of course designer Robert Trent Jones, Jr., and the hard work and dedication of our golf team, led by Director Tom Altmann.”
“This is a validation of the vision we had when we began building Osprey Meadows,” says Tom Altmann, Director of Golf. “Our goal was to create a golf experience second to none in the West with a course that seamlessly integrates with the natural terrain. We are honored that the readers of Golf Digest awarded our efforts.”
This is the fifth ‘Best New’ win for renowned course design firm Robert Trent Jones II.
“This honor means a great deal to everyone here at Robert Trent Jones II and we strongly believe this recognition will reap benefits not only for Tamarack Resort, but also the entire State of Idaho,” says Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Master Architect and Chairman of Robert Trent Jones II. “We urge those of you who have not had the wonderful opportunity to play Osprey Meadows to do so when the snow melts in 2007! What you will find is an unforgettable golf course that melds lightly on the land while embracing the scenic beauty provided by Mother Nature. We extend our heartfelt thank you to the owners of Tamarack Resort for providing us such a spectacular canvas on which to paint our dream into reality.”
During Osprey Meadows’ inaugural season, the Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf selected the course as its International Resort Headquarters.
“Nicklaus Academies is excited to learn of the honor and prestige that comes with this well-deserved ranking by Golf Digest,” says Scott Adcock, Nicklaus Academies CEO. “Osprey Meadows is a fantastic course and a fabulous venue for our instruction program. We are proud to be associated with this world-class resort.”
Osprey Meadows will open for the 2007 season on May 19. For information call 208.325.GOLF.
About Osprey Meadows
Osprey Meadows, a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. signature course, features a challenging, 400-acre layout and natural, varied terrain. There are approximately 73 bunkers spread over 18 holes with several significant water features and wetlands, tree-lined fairways, spacious greens, five par-5, and five par-3 holes. The average size of the greens is 7,000 square feet with an average green slope gradient of less than 3%. The course is at an elevation of 4,800 feet—ideal for carrying the ball and providing a longer mountain golf season, yet eliminating the need for acclimation.
About Tamarack Resort
Tamarack Resort, the first all-season resort to open in the U.S. in more than two decades, has received national attention for its world-class mountain for skiing, hiking and mountain biking; Osprey Meadows, an award-winning Robert Trent Jones, Jr., signature golf course; and beautiful Lake Cascade, suitable for swimming, sailing, fishing, sea kayaking, and boating. A key element of the Tamarack community is The Club at Tamarack for homeowners, their families and guests. Nestled in Idaho’s Payette River Mountains, Tamarack is a luxury boutique resort with a variety of lodging options all within walking distance of the four season amenities. Call 877.TAM.RESORT or visit www.tamarackidaho.com
for more information about Tamarack Resort.