WORLEY, IDAHO – In 2003, the Gene Bates designed Circling Raven Golf Club in Worley Idaho, stormed onto the golf scene as one of the top Tribal course in the USA as well as receiving high accolades as one of the best courses in the Pacific Northwest . . . an honor they still maintain nearly 20 years later here in 2021.
However, to be the best at anything, one cannot sit on their laurels and not constantly strive for improvement. So in 2019, the Coeur d’Alene Tribal leaders commissioned Gene to create a long-term master plan for the entire facility.
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The multi-phased master plan is a roadmap for the future, implementing key renovations and improvements so not to impact the course operations and revenues over time.
First up this Spring, is the re-positioning of the 1st and 10th tees to help with course flow and space. Then the creation of a 12,500 square foot practice putting green, just in time for the top female players that are coming out to the Symetra Tour event in August – The first step towards becoming a LPGA tour player.
In autumn of 2021, the club will work on a 25-acre practice facility, which includes a multi-faceted practice area, private and group teaching facilities, target greens, fairway and green side bunkers, and an extra putting green.
The plan in the following year/years includes adding a challenging “Twisted Earth” nine-hole course and then reworking the tees and bunkering on the original Circling Raven Course. “We have a solid plan in place and one that we believe will continue to make us competitive and regain a ‘Best-in-Class’ rankings,” said, David Christenson, Director of Golf.
Assisting Bates on the project will be golf course superintendent Brian Woster, who helped to build the original course in 2003 and oversaw the grow-in.
BOCA RATON, FLORIDA, Darren Clarke won the TimberTech Championship on Sunday for his first PGA TOUR Champions title, two-putting for birdie on the par-5 18th for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk and Bernhard Langer. Clarke won for the first time since the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s.
“I’ve had a lot of opportunities the last few years, so it’s great to finally win one,” Clarke said. “I wouldn’t be working this hard if I didn’t think I could still win.”
The 52-year-old major champion from Northern Ireland had a 17-under 199 total at the The Old Course at Broken Sound.
The Old Course at Broken Sound has been an annual tour stop for the Champions Tour since 2007. One of the longest continuous stops on the tour today. However, The Old Course is hardly old. The course went through an extensive Re-Design in 2004 under the guiding eye of golf architect, Gene Bates of North Palm Beach, Florida. By extensive, this was a 100% new re-design, nothing was left of the original course. The new design included an all new routing plan over 10 additional acres that had been acquired with multiple new retention ponds as per local water regulations.
The efforts certainly paid dividends, as BoardRoom Magazine bestowed its “Renovation of the Year” award to Gene Bates and The Old Course at Broken Sound.
Congratulations to Darren, it’s nice to see you back in the winners circle. Click to see the full Champions Tour story here – Champions Tour Story
WORLEY, IDAHO, Golfweek’s Magazine issue #5 of 2020 named Circling Raven as one of the top Native American Casino Courses. Built in 2003, the Gene Bates Signature Course has been a constant on the national and regional Golf Courses Awards list.
It is currently ranked by Golfweek as the #19 Casino Course in the USA and the #2 Best Course You Can Play in the state of Idaho. Gene’s most recent Native American Casino course – Salish Cliffs in Washington State is now ranked as the #7 Casino Course in the country.
The Tribe has commissioned Gene Bates to present a new master plan to include 9 additional holes, enhanced and expanded practice areas and repositioned tees to aid in player flow. The work is planned to be finished by 2021 in time for the upcoming Symetra Tour event to be held at the course.
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