Circling Raven Golf Club – an amenity of the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel in the Idaho panhandle – has once again been ranked among the best courses in America by Golfweek Magazine, coming in at No. 13 on this year’s “50 Best Casino Courses” list.
Golfweek has conducted its casino course rankings for the last five years by sending out a team of more than 600 course raters to survey more than 2,200 courses. The criterion includes overall strength of routing, feature shaping, natural setting, greens, variety and memorability of holes, conditioning and maintenance and landscape management.
Circling Raven, which is owned and operated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and designed by course architect Gene Bates, is the lone course in the Pacific Northwest to make the list. The Golfweek ranking comes on the heels of the course being named by GOLF Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” in the September 2010 issue. It is also a member of Golf Digest’s prestigious “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.”
Residing on 620 acres of pristine wetlands, grassy plains and natural forests, the course was previously named the No. 1 Tribal Golf Course in America by Native American Casino magazine (2008) and was ranked No. 4 on Golf Digest’s Top-40 Casino Courses in the U.S. (2009).
“An honor such as this Golfweek ranking is further proof that Circling Raven Golf Club and the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel combine to offer one of the best golf-and-gaming venues in America,” said Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort CEO David Lasarte-Meeks.
In 2011, the experience at the resort will be enhanced even further when an $85 million expansion is unveiled in May. The project will add two new wings overlooking Circling Raven and nearly 100 opulent hotel rooms as well as a centerpiece pub area, a gourmet steakhouse, a fitness center, a 15,000-square-foot deluxe spa and pool and a 10-acre “front yard” that will offer a natural amphitheater for concerts and other outdoor events.
For more information about Circling Raven Golf Club or Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort & Hotel call (800) 523-2464 or visit www.cdacasino.com.