Circling Raven Earns Idaho's Top Spot in 'Golfweek's Best 2019 - Best Courses You Can Play by State' List
By Brian Weis
Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel today announces that Circling Raven Golf Club, the resort's acclaimed championship course designed by Gene Bates, has garnered Idaho's No. 1 ranking in "Golfweek's Best 2019 - Best Courses You Can Play by State," the media company's annual compendium of America's finest playing venues.
Every year, Golfweek's elite team of course raters, which currently boasts more than 850 evaluators, surveys more than 3,600 courses - grading each nominated course on Golfweek's 10 strict standards of evaluation.
Owned and operated by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, Circling Raven sprawls expansively across 620 acres of gorgeous Palouse Region topography, part of the Tribe's ancient ancestral homelands in the Idaho Panhandle. It is one of many highly regarded amenities of the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel.
"The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is proud to hold this honor; we strive to exceed our guests' expectations on and off the course," said Francis SiJohn, CDA Casino Resort Hotel CEO and Tribal member. "Circling Raven is celebrating its 15th Anniversary season this year with special offers and events, and we hope this acclaim inspires players to visit and experience all that we have to offer."
Located approximately 55 minutes from Spokane International Airport (GEG), Circling Raven measures 7,189 yards from the rear tees. The Tribe recently announced that it has commissioned Bates to draft a Master Plan for course enhancements that are intended to ensure the golf club shines as brightly in the next 15 years as it has since its inception.
Many who play Circling Raven, which includes a nationally honored retail shop and the excellent Twisted Earth restaurant with bar, claim it as an immediate member of their all-time best golf experiences. Other Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort amenities and activities include the full-service Spa Ssakwa'q'n; a variety of hotel rooms and suites; bars, restaurants, lounges, and eateries; cultural immersion options, and more. The casino is currently undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation with a planned Spring 2019 unveiling.
Traveling golfers often play Circling Raven and Coeur d'Alene Resort Course, located roughly 45 minutes apart. CDA Resort Course was ranked No. 4 in Idaho by Golfweek.
Circling Raven has garnered numerous best-in-kind honors since opening, including being rated as a Top 100 Resort Course, Best in State, and a Top U.S. Casino Course. Its golf shop has won national and regional awards for its excellence and its variety of products, displays, and performance.
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About: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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