Friday, March 15, 2019

Circling Raven Golf Club Announces Significant Course Enhancements

Original Course Architect Gene Bates, Developing Master Plan for Refurbishments to Acclaimed Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel Amenity

(Worley, Idaho) – Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel today announces that it has commissioned golf course architect Gene Bates, ASGCA, to develop the master plan for improvements to Circling Raven Golf Club, the award-winning course that is celebrating its 15th Anniversary season this year.

The master plan will guide course enhancements and provide a blueprint for future refinements. Bates’ scope of work may include:
• Renovating existing sand bunkers;
• Removing no longer relevant ones;
• Adding strategically placed new sand bunkers;
• Leveling existing tees and possibly creating some new ones to change the experience, challenge, and or shot values and aesthetics;
• Re-grassing greens with a new Bent Grass variety that minimizes Poa Annua grass and its ability to creep into existing turf;
• Expanding the practice facility experience with additional game-honing opportunities;
• Exploring the addition of new golf holes adjacent to the practice area; and
• Identifying an area for destination golf accommodations.

“Circling Raven continues to be held in high esteem by golfers and golf course raters, but like hotels, it’s important to periodically reinvigorate them so they’re the best they can be and are well positioned to maintain high quality and customer appreciation,” said Francis Sijohn, CEO of Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel. “Gene Bates did an incredible job designing Circling Raven originally, and we know his vision through the master plan for our golf course will be equally remarkable.”

“We are advancing the golf experience at Circling Raven for the next 15 years, with its condition, playability and aesthetics,” said Bates, an admired member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects who has authored top courses worldwide. “Each phase of the master plan will be implemented such that the course will be available for play the vast majority of time.”

That’s encouraging news for golfers. Circling Raven is offering 15th Anniversary specials in 2019, including exceptional deals on stay-and-play packages, merchandise, instruction, and more. The master plan timeline and action items will be announced this season and tentatively planned in phases to lessen interruption in play.

For more information, visit or 800-523-2464.

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