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Circling Raven named Idaho’s top public course

25 May 2022

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Best-in-kind course raters have ranked Circling Raven as Idaho’s No. 1 public course in the just-published Golfweek’s Best 2022 – a compendium of best-of lists that the national media outlet generates annually.

Designed by Gene Bates, this marks the 11th time that Circling Raven has been voted the state’s best public golf course by Golfweek raters. To derive “Golfweek’s Best,” hundreds of Golfweek course raters evaluate courses nationwide annually and score them based on 10 criteria.

Owned by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and an amenity of its award-winning casino resort in the scenic Idaho panhandle, Circling Raven’s 18 holes are astoundingly routed across 620 stunning acres of Palouse Region terrain. The course unfurls amid woodlands, wetlands, and wildlife, including eagles and moose.

“Circling Raven is named for one of our tribe’s most important chiefs who guided us through the most difficult times,” said Laura Penney, CEO, Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel. “Nature and our homelands mean everything to the tribe, so Circling Raven’s award is testament that we’re honoring our land and our ancestors respectfully and well.”

In addition to being rated No. 1 in Idaho, the course is ranked among the country’s best in the Resort Course, Casino Course and Pro Shop categories, twice being named Merchandiser of the Year in the Resort Category by the PGA of America.

Further, the course is home to the Circling Raven Championship presented by KXLY News 4 Now, an Epson “#Road2LPGA” Tour event. This summer more than 100 top women professionals will vie for their share of the $200,000 prize purse, 22-28 August.

Located approximately 50 minutes from Spokane International Airport (GEG), Circling Raven measures 7,189 yards from the rear tees. The golf club is one of several amenities that make the casino resort one of the most popular in the Western U.S. It boasts a full-service spa, recently renovated gaming floor, two hotel wings, multiple restaurants, and live entertainment shows and events.

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