Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe-Owned Layout Again Recognized for its Excellence
(WORLEY, Idaho) – When it comes to casino gaming, it can be risky and exciting business. But when it comes to casino affiliated golf courses there are some sure bets not to be missed according to Golfweek Magazine.
Circling Raven Golf Club hit the jackpot – again – when Golfweek Magazine course rating panelists ranked it No. 11 nationally in its "25 Best Casino Courses" list for 2008.
Circling Raven is a Gene Bates-designed amenity of the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort and Hotel in Worley, 45 minutes east of the Spokane, Wash. The golf club is owned and operated by the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe.
Of the 25 Golfweek-rated best casino courses, Circling Raven is the only one in the Northwest.
"We take great pride in this latest honor. Players are visiting us from all over the world, falling in love with Circling Raven’s unique beauty, conditioning and challenges," said Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort CEO David Lasarte-Meeks. "But our special element remains the hospitality of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, along with a fine staff which routinely lavishes that hospitality on every guest at the golf course and the resort."
Golfweek raters examine overall strength of routing, feature shaping, natural setting, greens, variety and memorability of holes, conditioning and maintenance, landscape management and other criteria.
This is second consecutive year Golfweek has included Circling Raven on its best-of casino course list and the fifth time overall it has been so recognized. Golf Digest Magazine rated it the nation’s fourth best course in 2007, Native American Casino Magazine rated it No. 1 casino course in the U.S., Native Peoples Magazine also cited Circling Raven as one of the nation’s best.
For more information about Circling Raven Golf Club (www.circlingraven.com) or Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort & Hotel call 1-800-523-2464.
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.
L93 Bent Grass Greens
Bluegrass tees, fairways and rough
Golf Carts: Equipped with a Global Positioning System
Dan Shepherd, Buffalo Communications, 703-891-3320, email@example.com