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Circling Raven garners ‘best-of’ accolade; sets April 7 as Opening Day for 2023 season

Announces new director of golf; unveils array of programs and specials

(Worley, Idaho; February 8, 2023) – Winter is typically a dormant time for Northern Idaho golf clubs, but Coeur d’Alene Casino’s Circling Raven has been anything but sleepy this offseason, appointing a new Director of Golf, earning a new “best-in-kind” accolade, and revamping key operational components as it eagerly approaches the 2023 season.

“Each season is a chance to build upon the previous one, and we expect 2023 to be exceptional,” said Christopher Runyan, PGA, Circling Raven’s new Director of Golf. “As our guests have come to appreciate, we will provide superb course conditions, multi-faceted programs, first-class customer service, and one of the best golf experiences in North America.” 

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A U.S. Marine veteran, Runyan assumes the golf club helm with a resume filled with distinctions including: 

  • 2021 Golf Digest “Best in State” Golf Coach
  • 2020 PGA of America, National Patriot Award Recipient
  • 2019, 2018, 2013-16 Pacific NW PGA Section Patriot Award Recipient
  • 2019 Golf Digest “Best in State” Golf Coach

He is also serving on leading golf committees including PGA National Special Awards (2022-2023) and PGA National HOPE Committee (2023-2024).

Runyan brings his impressive track record to a golf club with a similarly outstanding history. Since opening in 2003, Circling Raven has accumulated dozens of honors ranging from “Best Casino Course in America” to “Top 100 U.S. Resort Course” by multiple national media outlets.

Circling Raven’s latest honor – No. 1 Public Golf Course in Idaho – came last month from GolfPass and its annual “Golfers' Choice” lists, compiled by analyzing the ratings and reviews submitted by GolfPass members throughout the preceding season.

Owned by NBCUniversal under the Golf Channel banner, GolfPass has nearly 1 million members and gets nearly 2 million unique visitors to its website monthly.

Owned by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and designed by golf course architect Gene Bates, Circling Raven’s 18 holes are astoundingly routed across 620 stunning acres of Palouse Region terrain. The course unfurls amid woodlands, wetlands, and wildlife, including eagles and moose. 

The course is “home” again this season of the Circling Raven Championship presented by KXLY News 4 Now, an Epson “#Road2LPGA” Tour event. This summer approximately 132 top women professionals will vie for their share of the $225,000 prize purse, August 21-27.

Also returning this season are the popular, value-laden Advantage Card ($299) and Player Development Card ($249), rewards programs with numerous benefits and discounts for cardholders. Leagues, events, and programs for youth and couples are also being held this season. 

Golf playing rates, including 18 holes, cart with GPS, use of the practice facility start at $79 in early spring and increase to $159 in peak season on weekends for hotel guests.

For more information about Circling Raven, including stay-and-play packages and booking online, visit or 800-523-2464.

About Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel
Since 1993, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe has operated the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, located where sky greets Mt. Tch’mutpkwe, source of the St. Joe River, 25 miles from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The casino resort is among the largest employers in North Idaho employing between 850-1,100 depending on the season and contributing more than $33.3 million to education in the region since it opened. Additionally, millions more have gone in support of a wide range of public projects, emergency relief, charities and programs in the Pacific Northwest. Named Tribal Destination of the Year in 2019 by AIANTA and winning the silver Distinguished Dozen award from Courier in 2019 and 2020, the property features 300 rooms and suites, seven distinct food and beverage venues and entertainment including live music and comedy as well as hands-on tours and experiences through the casino’s Cultural Tourism Program. Three million-dollar winners have found their luck on 100,000 square feet of gaming space offering nearly 1,200 video gaming machines and high stakes bingo. Additional amenities include a 15,000 square foot spa voted 1st for “Resort Spas that deliver the Ahh Factor'' by (2012), 40,000 square feet of meeting space, indoor and outdoor wedding locations and Circling Raven Golf Club, an 18-hole, par 72 course acclaimed as a “Top 100” course by every major golf publication in the U.S. The Gene Bates designed course is home to the Circling Raven Championship, an Epson Tour “Road to the LPGA'' event, held annually in August. LIKE Coeur d’Alene Casino on Facebook and Instagram or follow us on Twitter. For more information about Coeur d’Alene Casino, visit

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