Circling Raven Appoints Scott Hendrick, PGA Class A Member, as Head Golf Professional
Circling Raven Golf Club – the No. 1-rated public course in Idaho and amenity of Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel – has hired Scott Hendrick to be its Head Golf Professional. Hendrick previously worked as Golf Operations Supervisor at Canyons Park, Utah, a Vail Resorts property.
Canyons Golf is an 18-hole course designed by Gene Bates, who authored Circling Raven’s acclaimed layout.
“Gene had nothing but great things to say about Scott, and they’re all true,” said David Christenson, PGA, Circling Raven’s Director of Golf. “He’s a sharp professional and a skilled golf and business manager who understands what it takes to run a first-class golf resort course that exceeds guest expectations.”
Hendrick ideally timed his arrival at Circling Raven, which is owned and operated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and celebrating its 15th Anniversary season this year. The Tribe recently announced that it will host a Symetra “Road to the LPGA” Tour event for three years beginning next season.
“Gene raved about Circling Raven; I’ve got great respect him, and he’s an amazing golf course architect,” said Hendrick, PGA, who graduated from University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. “Now that I’ve been here a few weeks, it’s clear that he wasn’t exaggerating in his praise for the golf club. First, no courses use 620 acres for their layout. Kudos to the Coeur d’Alene Tribe for using some of its land so exquisitely. This place is a natural wonderland with an extremely fine golf experience and outstanding operations team at its core. I see why it’s ranked No. 1 in Idaho, and I’m honored to be here.”
Hendrick joined an operation that has been thriving this season. Golf rounds played, golf shop retail and total revenue have all increased in 2019, and the course has garnered multiple best-in-kind accolades.
Delivering value is perhaps Circling Raven’s greatest forte, as evidenced by its peak season rates (through Oct. 6), which top out at $99 on weekends, $89 on weekdays, and include 18 holes, golf cart with GPS, and range balls for use at the 25-acre practice facility. Circling Raven stay-and-play package prices start at $243 and include golf for two people and one night’s stay. The course doesn’t charge tax on its playing rates, food and beverage, or golf shop merchandise. The esteemed course is such an exceptional value that it ranked No. 17 in Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses Re-Ranked by Price.”
About Circling Raven Golf Club and Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel
Owned and operated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Circling Raven is in the scenic Idaho panhandle approximately 55 minutes from Spokane International Airport (GEG). Measuring 7,189 yards from the rear tees, the 18-hole layout sprawls magnificently through 620 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and Palouse grasses. Its gleaming white sand bunkers are large and strategically placed and its hole variety ingenious.
Other Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel amenities and activities include the full-service Spa Ssakwa’q’n (pronounced Sock-wock-en); 300 hotel rooms; bars, restaurants, lounges, and eateries; cultural immersion options; and more. The casino just completed its $15 million renovation of its gaming floor and Events Center. Circling Raven has garnered numerous best-in-kind honors since opening, including being rated a Top 100 Resort Course, Best in State, and a Top U.S. Casino Course. Its golf shop has won national and regional awards for its excellence and its variety of products, displays, and performance.