Circling Raven Golf Club Constructing New Events Pavilion, State-of-the-Art Cart Storage Building; Adding New Golf Cart Fleet

December 6, 2007. Circling Raven Golf Club and the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel - distinguished properties owned and operated by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe - today announce that construction on a new Events Pavilion and state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly Cart Storage Building is under way and planned for a Spring 2008 debut.

The Events Pavilion is a 3,800-square-foot structure that will feature a full kitchen, full bath, fire pit, wood slat ceiling, stone-covered walls, wood-framed windows surrounding the building, and a one-of-a-kind 4-inch thick "green roof."

The roof is composed of live growing native grasses which will blend with the natural surroundings, something the CDA Tribe holds sacred and which it has steadfastly ensured on its land. Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort and Circling Raven will use this building for various golf tournaments, catered events, weddings and groups.

"We are committed to enhancing our operations and amenities in order to provide our guests with everything they need to make their visit enjoyable and exceed their expectations," says CDA Casino Resort CEO David Lasarte. "At the same time we don't undertake anything unless it works well with our land and minimizes impact."

In addition to the Events Pavilion, a cart-storage building is being constructed adjacent to Circling Raven's 25-acre practice facility. This building measures 8,000 square feet and will house a brand new cart fleet beginning spring 2008.

Both buildings were designed by Mithun, a leading national architecture and planning firm which specializes in sustainable design. Mithun integrates an innovative blend of design, technology and nature to create places that excel in beauty, spirit and performance, something of critical importance to the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. "When people visit our resort and our golf course, they know they're in Indian Country," says CDA Casino Resort CEO Lasarte. "They discover the hospitality, the great golf and they see what can be achieved in concert with a vast and beautiful piece of land."

Such proactive, strategic endeavors and leadership are the hallmark of Circling Raven, which is the reigning PGA of America Inland Empire Chapter Merchandiser of the Year.

Designed by Gene Bates, Circling Raven continues to accumulate best-of awards. Recent honors include being named to:

Golf Digest Magazine's "Top-40 Casino Courses in the U.S. - 2007" (No. 4) Zagat Survey's "America's Top Golf Courses 2007-08"
Golfweek Magazine's "Best Resort Golf Courses in the U.S. - 2007"
Golf Magazine's "Top 100 You Can Play - Courses to Watch (for the 2008 ranking)"
Fairways + Greens Magazine's "Best Resort Courses in the American West - 2007"
PGA of America Northwest Section Golf Shop "Merchandiser of the Year"
Service Excellence Award by the Coeur d'Alene Area Chapter of the Idaho Department of Commerce and Labor

For more information about Circling Raven Golf Club or Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort & Hotel call 1-800-523-2464 or visit or

About Circling Raven Golf Club

Owned and operated by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and convenient to Spokane (WA) airport, the resort and golf club are nestled on a reservation covering 345,000 acres of mountains, lakes, old-growth forest and farmland. The resort spans the western edge of the northern Rocky Mountains.

Tribal history also tells us that Circling Raven was a spiritually powerful leader, his name coming from his close relationship to the raven, who helped guide him on his journeys, warn him of danger and show him where to find fish and game.

Circling Raven was created amid a unique blend of wetlands, grasslands and woodlands. At 7,189 yards, the par 72 championship layout meanders through 620 acres, only 100 representing cultivated ground. Wildlife is abundant, including elk, deer, moose and an occasional black bear. In fact, the opening was delayed due to damage on two greens by migrating elk.

Golf Course

Yardages: Gold, 7,189; Blue, 6,578; White, 6,108; Red, 5,389; Green, 4,708 Total Acreage: 670 (including practice area, practice green and clubhouse) Amenities: The clubhouse is 6,500 square feet, including the Twisted Earth Grill and full service bar. Both locker rooms include showers and lockers. The practice facility covers 25 acres; separated into areas for wedges, sand play and all clubs in the bag. The resort adjacent to the course includes 202 hotel rooms, casino, events center, buffet, and restaurant, off track betting and conference/convention facilities.

L93 Bent Grass Greens

Bluegrass tees, fairways and rough

Golf Carts: Equipped with a Global Positioning System