1 Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course
The 14th hole features a floating green to which players are
taken by boat.
2 Andrea Lloyd
The three-time state basketball player of the year from Moscow
won an NCAA title at Texas in 1986 and Olympic gold in '88.
3 University of Idaho
Two Vandals QBs have won the Walter Payton Award as the best
player in Division I-AA: John Friesz (1989) and Doug Nussmeier
4 Bald Mountain
Presidential candidate John Kerry put the ski area in the
spotlight in March when he took a tumble there while
5 Jordan Gross
The Panthers' offensive lineman from Fruitland was the eighth
pick in the 2003 NFL draft.
6 Dee and Cody Pickett
Longtime rodeo star Dee and his son, the former Washington
quarterback, are from Caldwell.
7 Dean Oliver
The Caldwell cowboy won eight calf-roping titles and three
straight all-around crowns starting in '63.
8 Brock Forsey
The Bears' running back from Meridien scored 32 TDs as a senior
at Boise State, where he was a walk-on.
The home of the minor league Boise Hawks (baseball), Idaho
Stampede (basketball) and Idaho Steelheads (hockey) is also the
state's SI Sportstown for having the best community sports
10 Bill Buckner
The former Red Sox first baseman has a ranch near Boise and has
lived there full time since 1993.
11 World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame
The hall honoring altruistic athletes is located in Boise.
12 Jake Plummer
The Broncos' quarterback, a former Arizona State star, is from
13 Boise Open
Michelle Wie played in this men's Nationwide Tour event in 2003;
Annika Sorenstam will play in a pretournament skins game here in
14 Bronco Stadium
Don't adjust your sets. That really is blue artificial turf on
the football field at Boise State. In 1986 the school decided to
turn blue to get attention; more recently the Broncos' play has
made people take notice. The team has finished in the Top 20 the
past two years.
15 Perrine Bridge
This span across the Snake River Canyon is a magnet for BASE
jumpers, who parachute 486 feet to the rocks and water below.
16 Silver Creek
The fly-fishing paradise was a favorite casting spot for Ernest
17 Sun Valley
The popular skiing and snowboarding locale has 75 runs.
18 Merril Hoge
The ESPN analyst and former Steelers' running back is from
Pocatello and went to Idaho State.
19 Idaho State
Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis began his career working with
linebackers at his alma mater, whose nickname is also the
20 Barb Lindquist
The world's No. 1-ranked female triathlete lives in Victor.
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