History of Pinecrest Golf Course
Pinecrest Golf Course, formerly known as Idaho Falls Municipal Golf Course, was acquired from the Idaho Falls Country Club by the City of Idaho Falls in 1934. At that time, the Country Club was a sand greens, dirt fairways type golf course.
At that time, the City desired a grass golf course. A transaction was made with the County Club and the property was turned over to the City.
The City, upon completion of the transaction with the Country Club, made application to the Federal Government to turn Pinecrest over for a WPA (Works Progress Administration) project, which meant turning Pinecrest into a completely new, all grass golf course.
The application was accepted and work was started in the summer of 1935.
After the work started, interest in golf grew rapidly, and by 1938, Pinecrest was an 18-hole golf course. It was the second 18-hole golf course in the state of Idaho.
Pinecrest can boast many firsts in golf. The first Idaho Open was played at Pinecrest in 1941.
Pinecrest became widely known as a very beautiful golf course. In a survey by Life Magazine of public courses throughout the Country, Pinecrest Golf Course was selected as one of the three best public courses west of the Mississippi.
There have been many golf professionals play our Pinecrest over the years. Many of them have been of great stature in golf, like Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Harold McSpaden, Patty Berg, and many others who have acclaimed Pinecrest as the best public course. At one time, Sam Snead wrote an article in one of the leading golf magazines that Pinecrest Golf Course, with a few alterations, could host the National USGA US Open.
In 1957, the National PGA selected Pinecrest Golf Course to be included on the regular PGA Tournament Schedule.
It is hard to image to those of us who know what a barren wasteland that Pinecrest once was, that it could turn into the beautiful place it is today.
Pinecrest was named by Mel Erickson. The City held a contest and asked its citizens to come up with a name for the newly constructed golf courses. Mr. Erickson’s choice, Pinecrest, was accepted by the Idaho Falls City Council. The first PGA Head Golf Professional was George Orullian who served the City and the golf course for 40 years.
It can be said without any reservation, that Pinecrest is still recognized as one of the best and most beautiful golf courses in the Nation and we are very proud of it.
An interesting Fact: Before the automated irrigation system became operational in the mid 1980′s, both Robert Wood & Larry Johnston were the duo who manually irrigated Pinecrest everyday.
Awards and Accolades
The Best Municipal Golf Course in the State of Idaho 2009, awarded by Golf Digest Magazine
One of the top 50 Best Public Golf Courses in the United States 2009 ranked by Golf Digest.
Annually has received 4 ½ stars of 5 from Golf Digest. Only 20 facilities in the United States have received 5 stars.
Was rated one of the top 100 public courses in the United States by Maximum Golf Magazine and was additionally awarded their DC award (Dirt Cheap)
Member of the Idaho Golf Trail (State of Idaho golf promotion on the top courses in the State)
2005 Golf Digest Best Value in America tied for 2nd place
Rated 3rd Best Value Course in America 2009 by Golf Digest
Life Magazine 1951 Survey – Pinecrest one of the three best public courses west of the Mississippi River.
USGA Course Ratings
- Course Rating: 70.5
- Bogey Rating: 92.1
- Slope Rating: 116
White Men (Middle)
- Course Rating: 69.4
- Bogey Rating: 90.5
- Slope Rating: 114
Red Men (Forward)
- Course Rating: 66.7
- Bogey Rating: 86.8
- Slope Rating: 109
- Course Rating: 75.0
- Bogey Rating: 105.6
- Slope Rating: 130
Red Women (Forward)
- Course Rating: 71.9
- Bogey Rating: 101.0
- Slope Rating: 124