In the very early 1900s The Hayden Lake Country Club started out as a collection of cabins on Hayden Lake's west side. The idyllic setting, with the first 18-hole golf course in Idaho drew people from far and wide who rode the electric railroad from Spokane to Coeur d'Alene, and then a spur line to Hayden Lake, to eat in the Kirtland Cutter designed clubhouse, to play golf on the grounds designed by J.C. Olmsted, and to boat on the placid waters.  The homes and cabins that line the lake's prestigious western shore today are known as the HAYDEN LAKE GOLD COAST. 

In 1909, President William Howard Taft said he enjoyed eating a dinner of wild game in the clubhouse.  Bing Crosby became a member in the 1940s and lived next door for part of each year.