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Golfweek Rating Panelists Rank Circling Raven No. 1 Public Course in Idaho

Golfweek Rating Panelists Rank Circling Raven No. 1 Public Course in Idaho

Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Amenity Garners Top Spot in State for 12th Time

By Glen Turk

(Worley, Idaho; June 15, 2023) - Idaho is home to some of the country's finest, most-scenic courses, and at the top stands Circling Raven, according to Golfweek's Best raters.

The Gene Bates-designed championship layout is ranked No. 1 in its recently published "Golfweek's Best by State 2023" list. This marks the 12th time Circling Raven has been recognized as Idaho's best public golf course by the media outlet's cadre of raters. To come up with "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 ingeniously routed across 620 stunning acres of Palouse terrain. Named after 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.

"The Tribe's mission is to empower our people through our enterprises and to pay homage to our ancestors and ancestral homelands," said Laura Penney, CEO of Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel. "Circling Raven does this wonderfully, and we deeply appreciate the objective critical acclaim."

In addition to being rated No. 1 in Idaho, the course is regularly ranked among the country's best in Resort Course, Casino Course, Pro Shop and other best-in-kind categories. It will host the Circling Raven Championship, an Epson "Road to the LPGA" Tour event, August 21-27. Top women professionals from around the globe will vie for their share of the $225,000 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 pro shop and the excellent Twisted Earth Grill, claim it as an immediate favorite for golf getaways.

After golf options include the 15,000-square-foot spa, an award-winning casino celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with special events and giveaways, multiple restaurants and bars, and live entertainment and shows.

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.

Revised: 07/13/2023 - Article Viewed 2,159 Times - View Course Profile

About: Glen Turk

Glen Turk Glen Turk is a Wisconsin native and is the Senior Writer/Editor of Midwest Golfing Magazine. Midwest Golfing Magazine was formerly known as Pub-Links Golfer's Magazine and is a free publication distributed four times per year throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio.

His duties at MGM include writing course features, facilitating product testing, and overseeing the overall content and look of the magazine. But clearly his most important task is playing as much golf as his wife allows. Fortunately for him, she plays also and loves out-driving him even with a 60 yard head start.

Glen plays to a 6 handicap but once set a record by having his ball retriever regripped 15 times in one calendar year. It was a December trip to Guam that ultimately did him in. Finally, if you haven't caught on by now, the two most worthy weapons in Glen's writing arsenal are self-deprecating humor and pithy one-liners.

My signature line, "Be A Force on The Course" and now more recently, "Hit 'Em Where They Mow!" can be reused at no charge.

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