Thursday, March 19, 2009

Golfweek Magazine Votes Circling Raven Golf Club No. 1 in Idaho

Award-Winning Amenity of the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort & Hotel Garners Top Distinction for its Design, Natural Setting, Course Conditions and Other Attributes

(WORLEY, Idaho) – Circling Raven Golf Club – the decorated amenity of the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort & Hotel in the Idaho panhandle near Spokane – was voted as the very best golf course in increasingly golf-rich Idaho in the 2009 Golfweek ‘Best Courses You Can Play’ state-by-state rankings which were unveiled this week.

Hundreds of Golfweek raters reviewed courses throughout America to identify the best in each state. They examined overall strength of routing, feature shaping, natural setting, greens, variety and memorability of holes, conditioning and maintenance, landscape management and other criteria.

All five Idaho courses awarded with the best-in-state distinction are members of the Idaho Golf Trail (towns in parenthesis):
1. Circling Raven (Worley)
2. Coeur d'Alene Resort (Coeur d'Alene)
3. Whitetail GC (McCall)
4. Sun Valley GC (Sun Valley)
5. BanBury GC (Eagle)

Owned and operated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and designed by Golf Course Architect Gene Bates, Circling Raven honors its people by its success, quality and paying homage to the tribe’s heritage and culture.

“Circling Raven and Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort & Hotel are honored by this distinction from Golfweek,” says CDA Casino Resort CEO David Lasarte-Meeks. “We built the course as an amenity to our resort, to honor the land and our people. That we’re recognized as a top course is very gratifying and is consistent with our mission to offer our guests an exceptional resort experience.”

This is the latest award garnered by Circling Raven, which has accumulated 39 since its first full season (2004). Recent honors bestowed upon Circling Raven include:
* Top 100 Courses You Can Play 2008-09 (out of nearly 13,500 U.S. public-access courses) – GOLF Magazine
* Top-40 Casino Courses in the U.S. (No. 4) – Golf Digest
* Top U.S. Resort Courses – Golfweek Magazine 2008
* America's Top Golf Courses - Zagat Survey 2007-08 rankings
* No. 1 Tribal Golf Course in America - Native American Casino Magazine 2008
* Top 36 Resort Courses in the West – Fairways + Greens Magazine 2008
* Resort Merchandiser of the Year – PGA of America Northwest Section 2008
* Resort Merchandiser of the Year – Inland Empire Chapter of the PGA 2008
* Service Excellence Award by the Coeur d’Alene Area Chapter of the Idaho Department of Commerce and Labor

For more information about Circling Raven Golf Club or Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort & Hotel call 1-800-523-2464 or visit


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