Golf News for Thursday, January 23, 2014 | People

Tom Davidson named PGA Merchandiser of the Year for resort facilities

WORLEY, Idaho -- PGA of America's Pacific Northwest Section named Circling Raven Golf Club Director of Golf Tom Davidson the 2013 PGA "Merchandiser of the Year" for resort facilities.

Circling Raven (, a tribally owned and operated amenity of the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort in the Idaho panhandle, has now received "Merchandiser of the Year" distinction four times in the last six years. In 2010, Davidson became the first professional from the Pacific Northwest Section to earn National PGA "Merchandiser of the Year" for resort facilities.

"This award is a tribute to everyone at the golf course, the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort and the Coeur d'Alene Tribe," says Davidson. "Circling Raven is a superb golf course, and the people who care for it and our overall operation are extremely talented and motivated to exceed guests' expectations."

Acknowledged for his creative displays, unique offerings and involvement in day-to-day merchandising operations, Davidson was one of 15 award winners out of 1,100 PGA Professionals in Washington, Oregon, Northern Idaho, Western Montana and Alaska to be recognized by his peers.

"Tom is a perfect example of our 'welcome home' approach to customer service," says Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Chief Executive Officer Dave Matheson. "His leadership, business acumen, attention to detail and deft touch managing staff all contribute to the success and continuing recognition of Circling Raven."

Davidson, 50, is a native of Logan, Utah and a graduate of Utah State University where he was a member of the men's golf team. He has been a member of the PGA for 22 years.

Davidson and Circling Raven will be recognized at the Pacific Northwest Section Special Awards Ceremony, March 16, 2014 in Vancouver, Wash.

The award is one of numerous accolades Circling Raven collected during its 10th anniversary season in 2013. In addition to being named a "Best Resort Course" and a "Best Casino Course" by Golfweek, the course was also included on Golf Digest's biennial "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses" list and earned a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence for exceptional hospitality.

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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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