Gene Bates-Designed, Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe-Owned Layout Recognized for its Excellence
(WORLEY, Idaho) – Circling Raven Golf Club today announces that the award-winning Gene Bates designed layout in the scenic Idaho panhandle has been ranked No. 4 in Golf Digest Magazine’s "Top-40 Casino Courses" list nationwide (July 2007 issue, currently on newsstands).
The 40 best casino courses were selected by the Golf Digest Course Ranking Panel, a group of more than 800 low-handicap players. Winners were determined by evaluations filed by the magazine’s panel of more than 800 low-handicap golfers, who judged courses in five categories: Shot Values, Design Variety, Resistance to Scoring, Memorability and Aesthetics. To be eligible, a course must be owned by or share the same ownership as a casino.
Circling Raven is a sparkling amenity of the popular Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort and Hotel in Worley, which is owned and operated by the Coeur d’Alene Indians.
"The Coeur d’Alene Casino and Resort Hotel is honored that Circling Raven Golf Club is rated among the nation’s top four casino golf courses," says David Lasarte, Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort & Hotel CEO. "Circling Raven is intended to help provide our resort guests with an unforgettable experience, and this honor confirms it is a top-of-the-bell-curve amenity. We hope this best-of award from Golf Digest, one of the world’s most respected golf magazines, will entice more visitors to Circling Raven to experience our unforgettable golf club and other resort amenities."
This is the fourth best-of casino course list on which Circling Raven has been included – Golfweek Magazine, Native American Casino Magazine and Native People Magazine have all accorded it similar distinction.
Other recent honors bestowed upon Circling Raven include:
Zagat Survey "America’s Top Golf Courses 2007-08"
Golf Magazine’s "Top 100 You Can Play – Courses to Watch for 2008"
PGA of America Northwest Section Golf Shop "Merchandiser of the Year"
Golfweek Magazine’s "Best Resort Golf Courses in the U.S."
Fairways + Greens Magazine’s "Best Resort Courses in the American West"
Service Excellence Award by the Coeur d’Alene Area Chapter of the Idaho Department of Commerce and Labor
For more information about Circling Raven Golf Club or Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort & Hotel, or to register for one of the above promotions, call 1-800-523-2464 or visit www.circlingraven.com .
About Circling Raven Golf Club
Owned and operated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and convenient to Spokane (WA) airport, the resort and golf club are nestled on a reservation covering 345,000 acres of mountains, lakes, old-growth forest and farmland. The resort spans the western edge of the northern Rocky Mountains.
Tribal history also tells us that Circling Raven was a spiritually powerful leader, his name coming from his close relationship to the raven, who helped guide him on his journeys, warn him of danger and show him where to find fish and game.
Circling Raven was created amid a unique blend of wetlands, grasslands and woodlands. At 7,189 yards, the par 72 championship layout meanders through 620 acres, only 100 representing cultivated ground. Wildlife is abundant, including elk, deer, moose and an occasional black bear. In fact, the opening was delayed due to damage on two greens by migrating elk.
Yardages: Gold, 7,189; Blue, 6,578; White, 6,108; Red, 5,389; Green, 4,708
Total Acreage: 670 (including practice area, practice green and clubhouse)
Amenities: The clubhouse is 6,500 square feet, including the Twisted Earth Grill and full service bar. Both locker rooms include showers and lockers. The practice facility covers 25 acres; separated into areas for wedges, sand play and all clubs in the bag. The resort adjacent to the course includes 202 hotel rooms, casino, events center, buffet, and restaurant, off track betting and conference/convention facilities.
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Dan Shepherd, Buffalo Communications