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Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley, Idaho Unveils
Completion of $75 million Resort Expansion


Home of Circling Raven Golf Club Adds New Spa, Steakhouse, Center Bar,
Outdoor Amphitheater and 98 Hotel Rooms



(WORLEY, ID) – May 24, 2011 - The Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel – home of Circling Raven Golf Club, ranked among the 100 best public golf courses in the United States by GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest – debuted a substantial resort expansion this month to rave reviews, ushering in many new amenities at the popular resort tribally owned by the Coeur d’Alenes

“When we announced we were going to undertake a $75-million expansion – many thought we were crazy,” said Coeur d’Alene Tribal Chairman Chief Allan. “The Tribe didn’t sit back and wait to be victimized by the economy. The Tribe took control of its own destiny. We moved forward with a vision, the results of which can now be found inside this beautiful resort.”

The project – which broke ground in May, 2009 – marked the seventh expansion completed at the resort since it opened as a 30,000 square-foot bingo hall in 1993. It created more than 200 jobs and brings the total tribal employment to more than 2,000, making the tribe North Idaho’s largest employer.

“The amenities we added have dramatically expanded the resort and the overall experience our guests can expect here,” added Dave LaSarte-Meeks, Chief Executive Officer of the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort, which is located in the Idaho panhandle, within an easy, scenic drive from eastern Washington's Spokane Airport.

Those new amenities include:

•    Nearly 100 upscale hotel rooms in two wings, overlooking Circling Raven, the native wetlands and rolling Palouse hills. The open, airy rooms feature the latest technology, built-in cabinetry, dramatic 10-foot doors and floor-to-ceiling windows.

•    A gourmet steakhouse called Ts'elusm (pronounced “T-sell-OOS-m”), which means “stand before the fire.” Guests can watch as chefs grill the finest dry-aged prime and Kobe beef over an open-wood fire. With a vast wine list, Ts'elusm offers a leisurely atmosphere with views of the natural grasses in the meadow outside.

•    A 15,000 square-foot, full-service spa called Ssakwa’q’n (pronounced “SOCK-wah-kin”), which describes a small, refreshing lake on a mountain top. Inspired by the tribe’s rich connection to nature and tradition, Ssakwa’q’n offers an all-season, open-air pool, Vichy shower, cedar saunas, 10 treatment rooms and a tea lounge.

•    A 10-acre “Front Yard” that will serve as an outdoor amphitheater for concerts and other outdoor events as well as provide a location for a year-round fire circle.

•    A sports bar and café called “Yap kee num” (“a gathering place”), offering a vast selection of beers, wines and spirits and a pub-style menu. Outdoor seating is available alongside the new sweeping “front yard” area.

To book tee times 24 hours a day call 1-800-523-2464 or visit www.circlingraven.com. All rates include 18 holes of golf, cart, GPS, and use of the 25-acre practice facility.

For more information on the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel expansion visit http://www.cdacasino.com/ or for reservations call 1-800-523-2464.

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.

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.

Golf Course
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.
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For further information:

Media Contact:
Gary Trask, 978.228.0314
Buffalo Communications
gtrask@billycaspergolf.com

Dan Shepherd, 703.891.3320
Buffalo Communications
dshepherd@billycaspergolf.com
www.buffalocommunications.com

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