Golf News for Friday, November 22, 2013 | Courses

Idaho's Circling Raven Golf Club, Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort earn national acclaim

WORLEY, Idaho -- Circling Raven Golf Club -- the masterful amenity of Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort in the Idaho panhandle -- has won distinction from Golfweek magazine in its just-released "2014 America's Best Resort Courses" list.

Flowing through 620 inspirational acres, the sinewy design by course architect Gene Bates has been a perpetual national award-winner since opening.

Golfweek dispatches hundreds of raters annually to grade courses in 10 areas, including conditioning, variety and hole memorability.

The list of esteemed courses appears online at and in Golfweek's 2014 "Ultimate Guide to Golf Course Living and Great Escapes" print publication.

Tribally owned and operated by the Coeur d'Alenes, Circling Raven also garnered elite-list status from Golf Digest earlier this year, placing in its biennial "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses 2013-2014" (out of more than 13,500).

"Because Circling Raven and Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort aspire to excellence, these critically bestowed honors affirm to our guests that we provide exceptional quality," said Director of Golf Tom Davidson, PGA, who previously collected PGA of America National "Merchandiser of the Year" accolades on behalf of the golf club.

Superlative service and recreational options abound at amenity-rich Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort, which ranked No. 1 on Spokane A-List's 2013 "Top 5 Casinos."

More than 200 guest rooms, shopping, the full service Spa Ssakwa'q'n, a fitness room, and an array of dining and drinking choices await resort visitors.

For more information on Circling Raven Golf Club or the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort, visit, or call 800.523.2464.

Circling Raven Golf Club Awards 10th Anniversary Contest Winners
John Posnecker of Spokane Valley is the grand-prize winner of 10 free rounds of golf in Circling Raven Golf Club's 10th Anniversary Giveaway Contest.

Circling Raven opened in 2003 and celebrated its anniversary season by awarding packages on the 10th of each month during the 2013 golf season. Each winner won a stay-and-play package for two people, which included two rounds of golf and a hotel stay in the luxurious, new Spa Tower rooms.
All participants were entered to win the 10-round free-play package. Posnecker's name was chosen in a random drawing.

The monthly winners included:
• May: Gilbert Lee (Seattle)
• June: Jeff Powell (Spokane)
• July: James Sams (Spokane)
• August: Zack Culpepper (Coeur d' Alene)
• September: Mike Hommerding (Coeur d' Alene)

About Circling Raven Golf Club and Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort
Owned and operated by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and within a convenient, scenic drive from eastern Washington's Spokane International Airport (GEG airport code), the casino resort and golf club are nestled on land 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 informs 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 is one of numerous amenities at the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort. The resort completed a massive, upscale expansion in 2011 that included unveiling nearly 100 guest rooms and the full-service Spa Ssakwa'q'n. New dining options were also added, including Red Tail Bar and Grill and Chinook Steak, Pasta & Spirits, which uses all local ingredients for its prime beef, homemade pasta and pizza.

The Coeur d'Alene Casino offers 1,600 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.

Circling Raven facts:
• 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.

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Media Contact:
Gary Trask, 978.228.0314
Buffalo Communications

Dan Shepherd, 703.891.3320
Buffalo Communications