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Coeur d'Alene Casino golf course flourishes despite pandemic

22 June 2020

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Despite the pandemic and an unprecedented business environment, Circling Raven Golf Club – the No. 1-rated public course in Idaho and amenity of Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel – has exceeded year-to date (YTD) performance in multiple categories.

Year-to-Date Greens Fee revenue is up by 40%, Total Rounds have increased by 37%, Golf Merchandise Retail Sales are up by 4%, and Total Revenue has soared by 27% compared to 2019.

The exceptional business performance stands out given that it is being accomplished during the COVID-19 outbreak, a time when Circling Raven froze playing fees at below peak season rates. This management decision was designed to lessen the burden for patrons who are seeking a safe, healthy recreational outlet amid the course’s 620 acres, ideal for social distancing.

“This is a win-win for the golf club and our players,” said David Christenson, PGA, Circling Raven Director of Golf. “We wanted to do the right thing for people, but we also have fiscal responsibilities. We are grateful that our guests judge us to be a safe, fun haven at an exceptional value. We are encouraged with the number of new players at the course this season and the repeat rounds that they are playing with us.”

In addition to pure golf, Circling Raven – created by golf course architect Gene Bates – offers a robust schedule of programming activities. Designed for all level and type of player – men, women, couples, children and seniors – the special events are proving popular and well-attended. Upcoming events include:

June 29 – Junior Golf (for kids ages 7-15 every Monday through summer)

June 30 – Two for Tuesday (1 pm – 5 pm)

July 4 – Fourth of July Shotgun Start (at 1:30 pm, $49 a player)

July 10 – Date Night with Free Concert on the Green

July 14 – “Thank You to Our Hero’s” Event

July 15 – Nine & Wine (5-week program with free clinic each week)

July 28 – Family Day at Circling Raven

Separate from the June and July specials, the Advantage Card maximizes patrons receiving Circling Raven perks. Purchasing the card for $129 enables cardholders to receive a complimentary round this season, free entry into an Advantage Cardholder tournament, $10 off the lowest greens fee for each round, supervised practice on the range or clinics with Circling Raven pros, and exclusive benefits throughout the year.

Circling Raven Stay-and-Play Packages begin at $249 and include one night’s stay, double occupancy, and two rounds each at Circling Raven. The packages are complimented by pairing golf with other Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel amenities. From massages and other services at Spa Ssakwa’q’n (pronounced Sock-wah-kin), to immersing in Native American tradition through the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s cultural activities offered to guests and resort visitors, the options are many. Culture activities include touring a 17th Century Mission that the Tribe built (now a museum), eating authentic Native American foods, hiking ancestral homelands, learning how to weave baskets and create beaded bracelets, and much more.

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