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Circling Raven at Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort welcomes new PGA instructor

5 June 2024

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Golf is a lot more fun and rewarding when players bring their “A” games to an A-list course. Lessons with PGA Professional Don Rasmussen at the Circling Raven Golf Academy at Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel puts that prescription in play.

Rasmussen’s passion, drive, and experience in helping players of all ages and abilities continue to make him one of the premier golf instructors on the West Coast, and he will continue to bring those bona fides to the teaching ground as director of the Circling Raven Golf Academy.

“It has always been my desire to supply a complete golf instruction program from the full swing to pitching, chipping, and putting areas of the game,” he says. With our first-class practice facility, students will be able to focus on specific skill areas to all skill areas. Whether working on the range on one’s full swing, or at our amazing wedge facility, or on one of the best-conditioned practice putting greens, each student will have access to a great learning experience.”

Recognized as a Golf Digest “Best Instructor” for Washington State from 2021 to 2024, Rasmussen was also named San Diego Chapter PGA Teacher of the Year in 2015. He has given over 60,000 golf lessons over his 35 years as a pro, and served as a NCAA Div. I Head Golf Coach for both Men’s and Women’s Golf Programs for several years.

At Circling Raven, Rasmussen offers private lessons for adults and kids, along with golf schools specifically focused on wedge play and putting. “I am extremely excited about as these schools as they will greatly benefit and improve players’ scores immediately.”

Players can also take advantage of Rasmussen’s three-hole playing lessons, which cover course management, the psychology of the game, strategies for attacking the hole, and when to be conservative or aggressive in decision-making.

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary season in 2024, Circling Raven holds widespread critical esteem including Best Public Course in Idaho, Top 20 U.S. Casino Course, Top American Resort Courses, and Best North Idaho Course. It hosted the LPGA’s Epson Tour for three years (2021-23) through which top women golf professionals from around the world unanimously praised the course conditions and its design, the masterpiece of golf course architect Gene Bates, ASGCA. Bates’ ingenious holes and course routing at Circling Raven are extolled for their natural contours that move brilliantly through 620 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and tumbling Palouse terrain.

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