Friday, May 18, 2007
3 Days In The Idaho Panhandle
Day 3: Circling Raven...from the “Tips”
Yes, you’ve already played it, but Circling Raven is worth a second look. This round, take a few steps back and tee it up from the Gold tees...if you dare.
The difference between the Blue and Gold tees is significant: 611 yards, to be exact. Tacking on extra yardage doesn’t just make the golf course more challenging, it literally changes the golf course. The 12th hole, a reachable par-5 for some from the Blues, becomes a tough fairway to reach from the Golds. By moving back to the tips, Circling Raven digs its talons into you and doesn’t let go. Three par-3s exceed 200 yards; one, the 13th, measures 253 yards.
Circling Raven may be one of the purest new additions to the canon of American golf. From the wooden cart paths that snake their way through marshland to the 620 rolling acres on which the course was built to its generous 25-acre practice facility, this refreshingly open, spacious and untarnished course is even more impressive when you pull out your wallet. Green fees never exceed $100 during the year.
Where To Stay
Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel
US Highway 95
Worley, ID 83876
Coeur d’Alene Resort
115 S. 2nd St.
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
Nine major airlines fly into the Spokane, Wash., airport, including Delta, Southwest and United. After touching down, rent a car and head 45 minutes east to Circling Raven Golf Club and the Coeur d’Alene Casino Hotel.
Where To Eat
Shooters, between Coeur d’Alene and Circling Raven, serves up good bar grub and even better lake views. Cedars, a more upscale restaurant, offers similar sights. The no-frills Hudson Hamburgers in Coeur d’Alene has been grilling meat since 1907.
Go fly-fishing up the St. Joe River, America’s highest navigable stream. Empty your pockets into one of the 1,800 gaming machines at Coeur d’Alene Casino, just feet from Circling Raven.
Circling Raven (800) 523-2464 www.circlingraven.com
Coeur d’Alene (800) 688-5253 www.cdaresort.com
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