The Takeaway: Banbury is one of the Boise valley’s best public courses and the first to host a USGA event (U.S. Junior Girls). Laid out on mostly flat ground, this Harbottle routing works its way through a residential development laden with o.b. and water hazards. While not as good as Falcon Crest, Banbury should be included in any golf trip to the area. Grade C
Designer: John Harbottle in 1999
Cost: $29.72 - $46.23 (plus $14.15 for a cart) Click for current rates
Phone Number: (208) 939-3600
Course Website: Official Website - Visit BanBury Golf Course's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 2626 South Marypost Place, Eagle, Idaho 83616
Accolades: Ranked 25th in Idaho on Golf Course Gurus' Best in State list.
What to Expect: Banbury quickly became the darling of public access golf in western Idaho as the Boise valley grew and golf gain in popularity. Located in the upscale suburb of Eagle, Banbury is a residential development course that features flat terrain and several water hazards. Banbury opened up three years after another acclaimed Harbottle design in nearby Nampa; Ridgecrest. The two courses quickly combined to bring Idaho's capital quality public golf that the area desperately needed. Banbury's early reputation was stellar due to the prestigious community it winded through, the frequent water hazards, and the greens that were rolled three times a week and provided the best putting surfaces around. Conditioning in recent years has slipped as has the love affair with Banbury as evidenced by the course falling from the #2 spot it once claimed all the way out of Golf Digest's Top 10 rankings for Idaho. The oft-played Banbury course is still a top three public facility in the Boise valley and well worth playing if in the area, but with the fantastic additions (public and private) to Idaho's golf portfolio over the past ten years, Banbury can no longer claim status as one of the Gem State's elite tracks.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 18th Hole – 499 Yard Par 5
Best Par 3: 8th Hole – 204 Yards
Best Par 4: 9th Hole – 402 Yards
Best Par 5: 2nd Hole – 535 Yards
Birdie Time: 17th Hole – 337 Yard Par 4
Bogey Beware: 14th Hole – 249 Yard Par 3