(Worley, IDAHO) – They say a picture says a thousand words and seldom has that truism rung more clear than in a streaming video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0WniiMK0Gw) about Circling Raven Golf Club (www.circlingraven.com), the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and its casino resort hotel (www.cdacasino.com) on YouTube.com – the iconic social media site which allows people worldwide to “see, touch, feel and listen” to things around the globe they wouldn’t otherwise.
The video vividly demonstrates the inspiring, unspoiled beauty of the Creator-blessed terrain, and how CDA Tribe members ensure their sacred land – through Circling Raven – paid their predecessors the homage and respect they deserve. By settling for nothing less than a course which honors the tribe and its legacy, the Coeur d’Alenes have made their tribe and its legacy known worldwide.
“We have been blessed with the history and guidance which led us to this place, this time, and this land,” said CDA Casino Resort Hotel CEO David Lasarte-Meeks, a Coeur d’Alene tribal member. “It is our ongoing mandate to ensure Circling Raven and all tribal endeavors reflect the commitment we have toward excellence and making our tribal members and ancestors proud.”
Since its first full season (2004), Circling Raven has consistently exceeded industry norms, racking up more than 40 best-in-kind awards. These include garnering awards for customer service, “Merchandiser of the Year” acclaim on multiple occasions, and Top 100 U.S. public and resort course distinction from GOLF, Golfweek and Golf Digest magazines (out of more than 13,500 such courses nationally).
Recent honors bestowed upon the Gene Bates-designed Circling Raven include:
• America’s Top Golf Courses – Zagat Survey 2009-10 (6th Edition)
• National Finalist for 2009 Merchandiser of the Year (Pro Shop) – PGA of America
• Top 100 U.S. Courses You Can Play 2008-09 – GOLF Magazine
• America’s Greatest Public Courses 2009-2010 – Golf Digest
• Top-40 Casino Courses in the U.S. (No. 4) – Golf Digest
• No. 1 in Idaho, America’s Best Courses You Can Play – Golfweek Magazine 2009
• No. 1 Tribal Golf Course in America – Native American Casino Magazine 2008
• Resort Merchandiser of the Year – PGA of America Northwest Section 2008
• 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 (www.circlingraven.com) or Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort & Hotel call 1-800-523-2464 or visit www.cdacasino.com.
About Circling Raven Golf Club and Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel
Owned and operated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and convenient to Spokane (WA) airport, the casino 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 Stensgar Pavilion adjacent to the course is a full service event venue, used for golf, business, wedding and other events.
• The casino resort hotel adjacent to the course includes 202 rooms, casino, restaurants, and other amenities.
The Coeur d’Alene Casino offers 1,800 machines for play in smoking and non-smoking areas, off-track betting for horse and dog races, high-stakes bingo, entertainment and many other amenities. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week every day of the year. The resort is regularly voted the most popular casino in the Inland Northwest.
Dan Shepherd, Buffalo Communications, 703-891-3320, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.buffalocommunications.com