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Circling Raven Golf Club caps banner 15th-anniversary season

2020 brings new incentives for players, Symetra ‘Road to the LPGA’ Tour event

(Worley, Idaho; October 30, 2019) – Circling Raven Golf Club – the acclaimed amenity of the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel – concluded an extraordinarily successful 15th Anniversary season this week, a year marked with honors, robust financial performance, and significant announcements for 2020.

Located in the Idaho Panhandle near Spokane (WA), Circling Raven closed the year with increases across virtually every business category. Golf rounds played rose by 18% over 2018, Retail Sales by 18%, Stay-and-Play packages by 15%, Total Revenues by 8%, and Green Fees’ Revenue by 6%. Factoring in Total Maintenance expenses and Golf Operations Income reveals an overall financial improvement of 18% relative to last year.

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Circling Raven Golf Club's No. 8 hole

“Ensuring our guests value our product and providing them with deeply satisfying experiences while operating profitably is our mandate,” said Laura Stensgar, a Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel executive. “That we accomplished both while garnering multiple accolades reinforces that we’re on point strategically, and it inspires us to sustain and build upon our momentum next year.”

A major announcement for 2020 has catapulted the Coeur d’Alene Tribe-owned amenity hurtling forward proactively. Titled the Circling Raven Championship, it’s a Symetra “Road to the LPGA” Tour event that will debut at the CDA Casino Resort Hotel, Aug. 24-30, 2020. To be played through 2022, it will feature a full field of competitors battling for $200,000 in prize money next season.

“Many well-known LPGA players graduated to that elite tour through their Symetra Tour successes, and we can’t wait to see these incredibly talented women professional players shine during the Circling Raven Championship on our award-winning course,” said Stensgar. “Not only does it speak to the superb quality of our first-class golf course, but these women are role models who motivate young people to take up the game.”

Both the golf course and the resort garnered distinction this year. Golfweek ranked Circling Raven the No. 1 public course in Idaho through its “America’s Best Courses You Can Play by State” annual compendium; and Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel was named “Tribal Destination of the Year” at the American Indian Tourism Conference, for its Cultural Tourism Program.

A multi-million-dollar casino renovation was completed last spring helped draw drew more visitors, including a significant number of stay and play golfers.

“Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s mission is to improve the quality of life for our members through operating successful enterprises while maintaining our cultural integrity and traditions,” said Stensgar. “Circling Raven, which was named for one of our greatest leaders, and Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel. exemplify our commitment.”

Circling Raven is currently selling 2020 Advantage Cards, part of a rewards program that increases customer value through incentives. For more information about the course or casino resort, call 1.800.523.2464, or visit www.CDAcasino.com/golf.

CDA Casino Circling Raven 15 Year Logo

About Circling Raven Golf Club and Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel
Owned and operated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Circling Raven is in the scenic Idaho panhandle approximately 55 minutes from Spokane International Airport (GEG). Measuring 7,189 yards from the rear tees, the 18-hole layout sprawls magnificently through 620 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and Palouse grasses. Its gleaming white sand bunkers are large and strategically placed and its hole variety ingenious.

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 immersion options; and more. The casino just completed its $15 million renovation of its gaming floor and Events Center. 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.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Dan Shepherd, DSPR, dtshep11@gmail.com, 703.403.5317

Laura Stensgar, lstensgar@cdacasino.com, 208-661-0377