JUNE 6, 2024

(Worley, Idaho)  — Golf is a lot more fun and rewarding when players bring their “A” games to an A-list course. Lessons with PGA Professional Don Rasmussen at the Circling Raven Golf Academy at Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel puts that prescription in play.

Rasmussen’s passion, drive, and experience in helping players of all ages and abilities continues to make him one of the premier golf instructors on the West Coast, and he will continue to bring those bona fides to the teaching ground as director of the Circling Raven Golf Academy.

“It has always been my desire to supply a complete golf instruction program from the full swing, to pitching, chipping, and putting areas of the game,” he says. With our first-class practice facility, students will be able to focus on specific skill areas to all skill areas.  Whether working on the range on one’s full swing, or at our amazing wedge facility, or on one of the best conditioned practice putting greens, each student will have access to a great learning experience.”

Don Rasmussen
Director of Circling Raven Golf Academy

Recognized as a Golf Digest “Best Instructor” for Washington State from 2021 to 2024, Rasmussen was also named San Diego Chapter PGA Teacher of the Year in 2015. He has given over 60,000 golf lessons over his 35 years as a pro, and served as a NCAA Div. I Head Golf Coach for both Men’s and Women’s Golf Programs for several years.

At Circling Raven, Rasmussen offers private lessons for adults and kids, along with golf schools specifically focused on wedge play and putting. “I am extremely excited about as these schools as they will greatly benefit and improve players’ scores immediately.”

Players can also take advantage of Rasmussen’s three-hole playing lessons, which cover course management, psychology of the game, strategies for attacking the hole, and when to be conservative or aggressive in decision making.

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary season in 2024, Circling Raven holds widespread critical esteem including Best Public Course in Idaho, Top 20 U.S. Casino Course, Top American Resort Courses, and Best North Idaho Course. It hosted the LPGA’s Epson Tour for three years (2021-23) through which top women golf professionals from around the world unanimously praised the course conditions and its design, the masterpiece of golf course architect Gene Bates, ASGCA. Bates’ ingenious holes and course routing at Circling Raven are extolled for their natural contours that move brilliantly through 620 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and tumbling Palouse terrain.

For more information, visit or call 800-523-2464.

Since 1993, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe has operated the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, located where sky greets Mt. Tch’mutpkwe, the source of the St. Joe River, 25 miles from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The casino resort is among the largest employers in North Idaho employing between 850-1,100 depending on the season and contributing more than $33.5 million to education in the region since it opened. Additionally, millions more have gone in support of a wide range of public projects, emergency relief, charities, and programs in the Pacific Northwest. Named Tribal Destination of the Year in 2019 by AIANTA, the property features 300 rooms and suites, seven distinct food and beverage venues and entertainment including live music and comedy as well as hands-on tours and experiences through the casino’s Cultural Tourism Program. Three $1-million-dollar winners have found their luck in the 100,000 square feet of gaming space offering nearly 1,200 video gaming machines and high-stakes bingo. Additional amenities include a 15,000 square foot spa voted 1st for “Resort Spas that deliver the Ahh Factor” by, 40,000 square feet of meeting space, indoor and outdoor wedding locations and Circling Raven Golf Club, an 18-hole, par 72 course acclaimed as a “Top 100” course by every major golf publication in the U.S. LIKE Coeur d’Alene Casino on Facebook and Instagram or follow us on Twitter. For more information about Coeur d’Alene Casino and Circling Raven, visit

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