Circling Raven Golf Club
|Location||near Worley, Idaho|
|Elevation||2,600 feet (790 m)|
|Established||2003, 15 years ago|
|Type||Resort / Public|
|Owned by||Coeur d'Alene Tribe|
|Operated by||Coeur d'Alene Tribe|
|Designed by||Gene Bates|
|Length||7,189 yd (6,574 m)|
Circling Raven Golf Club is an 18-hole championship golf course in the northwest United States, located in northern Idaho near Worley. It was rated the third best public course in Idaho by Golf Digest in August 2015.
Owned and operated by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, Circling Raven opened for play fifteen years ago in the summer of 2003. It was preceded on the site by a casino (1993) and hotel (2001). The course is named after a visionary chief of the tribe in the 18th century.
Designed by Florida-based architect Gene Bates, the back tees at Circling Raven are at 7,189 yards (6,574 m); the course rating is 74.0 with a slope rating of 144. The terrain varies between rolling prairie, woodlands, and wetlands at an average elevation of approximately 2,600 feet (790 m) above sea level. The course is spread out over more than 600 acres (2.4 km2) and the practice facility covers 25 acres (10 ha).
In September 2005, Circling Raven hosted a team from Royal Dornoch Golf Club in Scotland for a friendly international competition and cultural exchange. The following August, the course was the site of the Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship, won by Ryan Malby. The event returned six years later in 2012, and was won by Ryan Benzel, a former Idaho Vandal.
The resort complex is just east of the intersection of U.S. Route 95 and State Highway 58 in southwestern Kootenai County, about three miles (5 km) northwest of Worley and thirty miles (50 km) south of the city of Coeur d'Alene. The southern end of Lake Coeur d'Alene and Heyburn State Park are approximately ten miles (16 km) southeast, as the raven flies. The nearest major airport is Spokane International, about 45 miles (70 km) northwest by vehicle.
|Gold||74.0 / 144||513||395||217||406||574||387||212||386||474||3564||336||446||581||253||397||426||192||559||435||3625||7189|
|Blue||71.6 / 137||493||349||186||380||529||351||185||357||451||3281||321||418||535||218||328||391||176||519||392||3298||6578|
|Red||70.4 / 128||466||275||163||268||405||272||149||298||397||2693||269||347||436||145||269||348||137||431||314||2696||5389|
|Green||66.0 / 116||369||260||142||253||392||219||131||276||359||2401||174||323||391||135||240||267||103||400||274||2307||4708|
- "Scorecard" (PDF). Circling Raven Golf Club. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
- "Course Rating and Slope Database™ - Circling Raven Golf Club". USGA. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
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- "Chief's kin dies". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. (photo). April 20, 1960. p. b3.
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