Golf News for Monday, February 24, 2014 | Courses

Idaho's Circling Raven Golf Club garners 'Best Casino Course'

WORLEY, Idaho -- Circling Raven Golf Club - located in Northern Idaho and an amenity of Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel - was recently recognized as a "Best Casino Course" in America by Golfweek magazine.

The critical acclaim is one of many awards Circling Raven has garnered during the past 12 months. It was also included in Golf Digest's biennial "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses" list and earned a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence distinction for exceptional hospitality.

"We are honored to be acknowledged as a premier course and resort destination," says Circling Raven Director of Golf Tom Davidson, PGA. "The Coeur d'Alene Tribe applies enlightened passion and brings resources to ensure our guests are pleased by all they encounter here - whether it's the golf course and casino or our spa, rooms and restaurants."

Set on 620 pristine acres, the Gene Bates design is tribally owned and operated.

Green fees at Circling Raven are less than $100 during the peak season and start at $65 during "shoulder seasons," making it one of the best value courses in the country.

Spring Stay-and-Play Packages (through May 16) start at just $199 on weekdays and include one-night accommodation at Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort (double occupancy), green fees for two players, GPS, cart and use of Circling Raven's expansive practice area.

In 2011 the resort added two new dining options - Chinook Steak, Pasta & Sprits and Red Tail Bar and Grill - as well as nearly 100 opulent guest rooms as part of its seventh and largest expansion since opening in 1993. Spa Ssakwa'q'n, a 15,000 square-foot, full-service spa popular with golfers, was also unveiled and features an open-air pool in a special co-ed area, cedar saunas, 10 treatment rooms and a tea lounge.

To book a tee time or stay-and-play package, or for more information, call 800-523-2464 or visit www.cdacasino.com/golf.

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.

For complete price and playing options visit www.circlingraven.com.

Media Contact:
Gary Trask, 978.228.0314
Buffalo Communications
gtrask@billycaspergolf.com

Dan Shepherd, 703.891.3320
Buffalo Communications
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