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Idaho casino golf course named one of country's best

16 December 2010

WORLEY, Idaho -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- 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 very 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 1-800-523-2464 or visit www.cdacasino.com.

Free Rounds of Golf at Circling Raven for Every $200 Spent in Pro Shop

The award-winning Circling Raven Golf Club Pro Shop is offering a free round of golf for every $200 spent by holiday shoppers through Thursday, Dec. 23.

Circling Raven was just named 2010 PGA "Merchandiser of the Year" for resort facilities this past fall and has been awarded PGA Northwest Section "Merchandiser of the Year" Award four times in the last six years. The pro shop is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers an array of quality golf apparel, clubs, balls, footwear, gifts and other accessories featuring the eye-catching Circling Raven logo. Gift cards are also available and make for a great gift item.

Shopping at the Circling Raven Pro Shop can also be done online by visiting www.cdacasino.com and clicking on "Shop."

Make 2011 Your 'Lucky Year' by Winning $26,000 in Coeur d'Alene Casino Credit

Get your entries in now for the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel's "Lucky Year" contest where one winner will be awarded $500 a week in 2011 – totaling a whopping $26,000 – to spend on golf, food, accommodations, spa services, concerts, events or gasoline at the resort.

Entry into the contest is free by going to www.cdacasino.com and clicking on the "Lucky Year" icon. Additional entries are granted for every 250 points earned on Coyote Rewards Club Cards through Jan. 2, 2011. The grand prize drawing will be held on Jan. 2, 2011 and the winner will receive a $500 voucher for the next 52 weeks.

Must be 18 years of age or older and a Coyote Rewards Player Club member to be eligible to win. For complete details, rules and restrictions visit www.cdacasino.com.

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