Golf News for Thursday, January 24, 2013 | Courses

Circling Raven Golf Club in Worley, Idaho earns honors from Golf Digest

WORLEY, Idaho -- Circling Raven Golf Club - located in the scenic Idaho panhandle, adjacent to the recently expanded Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel - has been named to Golf Digest's biennial "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses 2013-2014" list.

Circling Raven ranked No. 7 on the "Best in State" list among all public and private courses in Idaho and was No. 96 overall. Golf Digest panelists score courses on seven criteria, including memorability, design variety and conditioning. The honor comes on the heels of Circling Raven being ranked No. 22 on Golfweek's "Best Casino Courses in the U.S." list in December.

"We are thrilled to be recognized by Golf Digest as a top course in America," said Circling Raven Director of Golf Tom Davidson, PGA. "This critical judgment is a testament to the quality of the golf course and the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort, which continually strives to improve the overall experience for our golfers and resort guests."

The Gene Bates design, set on 620 acres within an easy ride from Spokane International Airport, has earned multiple "Best-Of" awards from prominent national magazines since opening in 2003.

Circling Raven is one of numerous amenities at the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel, which is owned and operated by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and completed a massive expansion in 2011 that included the unveiling of Spa Ssakwa'q'n, a 15,000-square-foot, full-service venue, and nearly 100 opulent guest rooms.

Within the last two months, the resort also introduced two new dining options: Chinook Steak, Pasta & Spirits, which uses all local ingredients for its prime beef, homemade pasta and pizza, and Red Tail Bar and Grill, the center bar area featuring menu items reflecting the region and a glowing fire that creates a soothing ambiance.

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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 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.

The newly expanded 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.

• 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.

To book tee times 24 hours a day call 1-800-523-2464. All rates include 18 holes of golf, cart, GPS, and use of 25-acre practice facility. For complete price and playing options visit

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Gary Trask, 978.228.0314
Buffalo Communications

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