Couer d’Alene National Forest is Stunning Backdrop for Circling Raven

By Alice Scott and Danny Scott

If you like golf and gaming, then Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel and the Circling Raven Golf Club are calling your name.

The pride of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe is showing off its culture with dancers, foods, tours, and golf around their verdant valley. 300 comfortably appointed rooms and suites are situated with views of nature in the Mountain Lodge and Spa Tower.

Circling Raven Golf Club was named after the chief by suggestion of Dave Christenson, the golf director. His wife Jenny does an excellent job of stocking the golf shop merchandise. On the first tee we were paired with two fun Canadians who play here every year as well as in Scottsdale, Ariz.

It’s what they call “the perfect golf trip combo.” Their course knowledge was helpful during the round combined with the starter’s advice to stay out of the marshes which are environmentally protected. Bring extra balls just in case as there are many holes with carries.

The vast wilderness in Worley, Idaho, a short drive from the Spokane airport, was an ideal canvas for designer Gene Bates, set amidst the Coeur d’Alene National Forest and rolling hills of the Palouse. While we didn’t see any wildlife, the ravens were present, and a bald eagle regally circled over our foursome. More