Northwest Hickory Players

History: Chandler Egan’s
Plantation Country Club
Boise, ID

Click the image above for the full history written by Martin Pool

Golf was first introduced to Boise in 1900 by a group of golf enthusiasts who laid out six holes at Fort Boise, a federal army installation also known as Boise Barracks.

From all indications this was an unflattering course, probably more akin to what we now know as a pitch and putt course. Nevertheless, it was golf, and by any measure this was a very early appearance of golf in the Northwest, and most likely the first in Idaho. Only a few golf clubs existed at that time in the Northwest states, most notably the Tacoma Golf Club (1894), the Seattle Golf Club (1896), the Country Club of Seattle (1896), and the Spokane Country Club (1898) in Washington State, and the Gearhart Golf Course (c.1892) and Waverly Golf Club (1896) in Oregon.