Inside Comments: Steve Turcotte

Jeff Gove makes a career change, moves to the Idaho Club

Jeff Gove has made a living playing golf since he graduated from Pepperdine University. He turned pro in 1994 and since then has made a living on the PGA Tour and what is now the Tour.

Anytime you can play golf for a living for that long, life is good. Gove spent eight years on the PGA Tour and another 16 on the, but now, the 47-year-old Gove is ready for another challenge. A challenge away from the pro tours.

Gove is now the Director of Instruction at the Idaho Club, a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in Sandpoint, Idaho. This is a route he knew he would take eventually. It is the route that other former Northwest pros like Rick Fehr have taken.

When people take their lessons from Gove at the Idaho Club this year they will be learning from a guy who spent 24 years playing in the big leagues, winning three times on the Tour, a couple of Washington State Open championships and a winner of the Taylor Made Pebble Beach Invitational in 2016. He also had two sixth-place finishes on the PGA Tour.

When it comes to the golf game, Gove knows of what he speaks.

Gove decided last year that it was time for a change during the 2018 season. He opted to move his wife and three kids to Sandpoint and take the job at the Idaho Club, sending his career in a different direction.

Gove is just part of a new resurgence at the Idaho Club. Not only has the club brought in a guy with terrific name recognition to run their golf instruction department, a new 9,200-sqaure foot clubhouse is being built that will also feature a restaurant, bar, pro shop, fitness area, outdoor spa and fire pit. The old clubhouse at the Idaho Club burned down 10 years ago.

Gove knows he is walking into the right job at the right time. He has been playing the Idaho Club for 11 years and has carried the club’s log on his bag for the last 11 years as well.

“I love the variety of holes,” said Gove. “The valley holes up the water, the mountain holes, the scenic beauty. it’s ridiculous it’s so nice.”

The Idaho Club is a semi-private facility and Gove is available for anyone for lessons. It’s the kind of place perfect for a weekend golf getaway – and with Gove there a place to improve your game all at the same time.