““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”
Gozzer Ranch's setting is impressive enough-looking out onto the 60-square-mile Lake Coeur d'Alene in northern Idaho. More stunning is how the property's developers, Discovery Land Co., have kept the whole place rustic and in low profile. The 700-acre land plan includes a Tom Fazio-designed golf course that snuggles easily into the native contours. Long views of the lake and of the surrounding Coeur d'Alene Mountains are unimpeded, thanks to a relaxed residential envelope: only 266 homesites (each three-quarters to one acre) plus 90 cottages and lakeshore lodges.
At a base elevation of 2,500 feet above sea level, the golf ball travels a long way here. The par-72 course, ranging from 7,237 yards down to 5,100 yards, incorporates native prairie grasses in the roughs and dramatic long views-including infinity-edge looks behind greens into the Wild West. Every few holes, there's a welcome distraction-well-stocked food cabins, replete with premium cheeses, meat and liqueurs.
Gozzer Ranch sits across the lake from downtown Coeur d'Alene and is accessible via a ferry that runs every hour or so. Too bad the ferry also runs back to town. Here's a place you'd like to be stranded for a weekend or a summer.
For more information about Gozzer Ranch, call (208) 765-9034 or visit www.gozzerranchclub.com.
Coeur d'alene (coe) www.cdaairport.com
10 miles north of golf course
Runway: 7,400 ft
FBOs: Resort Aviation Jet Center, (208) 772-3731;
Southfield Aviation (208) 772-6404