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Without specifying the native American tribe, Southeast Queens Press (website) explains that "the Golf course acquired its name from an old Indian name for the area - "Idalwilde" - or peaceful and savage."

It's unclear whether similar names, like Idylwilde, CO or Idyllwilde, CA have a common etiology from a Native American language.

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Q: What is the origin of the name Idlewild Golf Course?
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