Architect Gene Bates, the original designer of the course at the Worley, Idaho property that includes the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, will develop the plan that may involve bunker changes, tee additions, regrassing of greens, practice facility expansion and the possible addition of new holes. The course is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.
The Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley, Idaho has commissioned golf course architect Gene Bates, ASGCA, to develop the master plan for improvements to Circling Raven Golf Club, the award-winning course that is celebrating its 15thAnniversary season this year.
The master plan will guide course enhancements and provide a blueprint for future refinements. Bates’ scope of work may include:
- Renovating existing sand bunkers, removing bunkers that are no longer relevant and adding strategically placed new ones;
- Leveling existing tees and possibly creating new ones to change the experience, challenge, and or shot values and aesthetics;
- Regrassing greens with a new bentgrass variety that minimizes poa annua grass and its ability to creep into existing turf;
- Expanding the practice facility experience with additional game-honing opportunities;
- Exploring the addition of new golf holes adjacent to the practice area; and
- Identifying an area for destination golf accommodations.
The master plan timeline and action items will be announced this season and tentatively planned in phases to lessen interruption in play.
“Circling Raven continues to be held in high esteem by golfers and golf course raters—but like hotels, it’s important to periodically reinvigorate them so they’re the best they can be and are well-positioned to maintain high quality and customer appreciation,” said Francis Sijohn, CEO of Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel. “Gene Bates did an incredible job designing Circling Raven originally, and we know his vision through the master plan for our golf course will be equally remarkable.”
Added Bates: “We are advancing the golf experience at Circling Raven for the next 15 years, with its condition, playability and aesthetics. Each phase of the master plan will be implemented, such that the course will be available for play the vast majority of time.”
Circling Raven, owned and operated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, is offering 15thAnniversary specials in 2019, including deals on stay-and-play packages, merchandise, instruction, and more.