News for the Hospitality Executive
ID) July 12, 2010– The massive expansion at the Coeur d’Alene Casino
Resort is under budget
and well-ahead of schedule and officials expect the $85-million project
completed in the spring of 2011.
The project, which broke ground in June of last year, will add two new four-story buildings and nearly 100 opulent hotel rooms. The resort will now be home to 300 rooms overall, including two new wings overlooking the resort’s highly acclaimed championship golf course, Circling Raven Golf Club (www.CirclingRaven.com). The Gene Bates-design has received numerous best-in-class awards since opening in 2004, including GOLF magazine’s Top-100 “Courses You Can Play” and Golfweek’s “Best Casino Courses.”
In addition, the expansion will include a centerpiece pub area called Yap-Keehn-Um (which means “gathering place” in the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s Salishan language), a gourmet steakhouse, a fitness center, a 15,000 square-foot deluxe spa and pool as well as a vast, 10-acre “front yard” that will offer a natural amphitheater for concerts and other outdoor events.
“The amenities we’re going to offer will match or surpass any we currently know of in the Pacific Northwest,” said CDA Casino Resort CEO David LaSarte Meeks. “The spa will be world class. Our new hotel wings will provide every comfort and luxury of a five-star property. We will host groups and events both indoors and out and in ways never before available in the Inland Northwest. We are dramatically expanding the resort and dramatically expanding the experience that our guests can expect at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort.”
The Coeur d’Alene Tribe – which is already one of North Idaho’s largest employers – is set to hire an additional 200 workers after the expansion project is completed.
“The Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort is as strong an example as there is for Indian Gaming and what it is meant to accomplish,” added Coeur d’Alene Tribe Chairman Chief Allan. “We have made promises. We have kept every one of them. In fact, we’ve gone far beyond our promises to create a better quality of life for so many people. Overall, the tribe may be the biggest employer in North Idaho. But we want more than that. We believe we are the best employer in the region and we are committed to remaining so.”
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About Circling Raven Golf Club and Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort & Hotel
Owned and operated by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and convenient to Spokane (WA) airport, the casino resort and golf club are nestled on a reservation covering 345,000 acres of mountains, lakes, old-growth forest and farmland. The resort spans the western edge of the northern Rocky Mountains. Tribal history also tells us that Circling Raven was a spiritually powerful leader, his name coming from his close relationship to the raven, who helped guide him on his journeys, warn him of danger and show him where to find fish and game.
Circling Raven was created amid a unique blend of wetlands, grasslands and woodlands. At 7,189 yards, the par 72 championship layout meanders through 620 acres, only 100 representing cultivated ground. Wildlife is abundant, including elk, deer, moose and an occasional black bear. In fact, the opening was delayed due to damage on two greens by migrating elk.
* Yardages: Gold, 7,189; Blue, 6,578; White, 6,108; Red, 5,389; Green, 4,708
* Total Acreage: 670 (including practice area, practice green and clubhouse)
* Amenities: The clubhouse is 6,500 square feet, including the Twisted Earth Grill and full service bar. Both locker rooms include showers and lockers. The practice facility covers 25 acres; separated into areas for wedges, sand play and all clubs in the bag. The Stensgar Pavilion adjacent to the course is a full service event venue, used for golf, business, wedding and other events.
* The casino resort hotel adjacent to the course includes 202 rooms, casino, restaurants, and other amenities.
The Coeur d'Alene Casino offers 1,800 machines for play in smoking and non-smoking areas, off-track betting for horse and dog races, high-stakes bingo, entertainment and many other amenities. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week every day of the year. The resort is regularly voted the most popular casino in the Inland Northwest.
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