Golf Digest Rates Circling Raven No. 1 Public Course in Idaho

(Worley, Idaho; May 12, 2021) – The votes are in and panelists for Golf Digest and its “America’s Greatest Courses” rank Circling Raven as Idaho’s top public course. The best-in-kind accolade comes via the just-released “America’s Greatest Courses by State, 2021-22” compilation.

Of the eight Idaho courses cited for this distinction, Circling Raven and Coeur d’Alene Resort Course were the only two public venues included, with Circling Raven listed as the No. 1 public course

To arrive at its ranking of America’s Greatest Golf Courses, Golf Digest panelists play and score courses on these eight criteria: shot options, challenge, layout variety, distinctiveness, aesthetics, conditioning, character, and fun.

“We work tirelessly to ensure that Circling Raven is an exceptional amenity of Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, and we are constantly enhancing the course and golf club,” said resort CEO Laura Penney, MBA. “This honor from Golf Digest reinforces that our best practices are well designed and executed.”

Like the casino resort, the Gene Bates-designed championship golf course is owned by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. Located in the lush, scenic Idaho panhandle, Circling Raven is ingeniously routed across 620 stunning acres of Palouse Region terrain. Named for a seminal tribal chief, the course sits amid woodlands, wetlands, and wildlife, including eagles and moose. Nature and reverence for the land are essential to the course and Tribal custom.

In addition to being rated No. 1 public course in Idaho, the course is ranked among the country’s best in the Resort Course, Casino Course and Pro Shop categories.  Not resting on its laurels, the course recently completed renovations to the practice facility and other areas in advance of the inaugural Circling Raven Championship presented by KXLY News 4 Now. A Symetra “Road to the LPGA” Tour event, it will be held August 23-29, with rising-star women professionals vying for their share of the $200,000 prize purse. 

Located approximately 55 minutes from Spokane International Airport (GEG), Circling Raven measures 7,189 yards from the rear tees. 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.

For more information about Circling Raven and Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, including stay-and-play packages, Advantage Cards, and instructional programs, visit or 800-523-2464.

About Circling Raven Golf Club and Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel
Measuring 7,189 yards from the rear tees, the 18-hole layout sprawls magnificently through 620 acres, nearly four times the number of acres found on golf courses in North America. Its gleaming white sand bunkers are large and strategically placed and its hole variety ingenious. With no surrounding development and a plethora of pristine flora and fauna gracing the landscape, Circling Raven is an inspirational oasis. As the Creator intended.

Other Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel amenities and activities include the full-service Spa Ssakwa’q’n (pronounced Sock-wock-en); 300 hotel rooms; bars, restaurants, lounges, and eateries; cultural tourism options; and more. The casino completed a $15 million renovation of its gaming floor and Events Center in 2019.  Circling Raven has garnered numerous best-in-kind honors since opening, including being rated 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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