Awards and Accolades

Gene D. Bates

BoardRoom Renovation Golf Course Architect of the Year (2004)

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Binks Forest Golf Club: Wellington, Florida

PGA Tour Event - Sazale Team Championships (1991)

Complete Renovation of Existing Golf Course (2007)

GOLF, Inc. - Renovation of the Year Finalist (2008)

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Boca Raton Resort & Club: Boca Raton, Florida 

Host ADT Golf Skills Challenge

Silver Medalist Golf Digest

Top 100 Golf Resorts in the World

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Brighton Crest Golf Course: Fresno, California

California Gold Star Award, Large Development (1991)

California Golf - Top Ten Ranking

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Broken Sound: The Old Course: Boca Raton, Florida 

Champions Tour - Allianz Championship (Host, 2006-2007)

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Buffalo Shoals National Golf Club: Statesville, North Carolina

Golf Digest - #7 Best New Upscale Course in America (1997)

Golf Digest - #10 Best New Affordable Public Course (1998)

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Carmel Valley Ranch Resort: Carmel, California

Golf Digest - Top 75 Golf Resorts (2007)

GOLF Magazine - Must Play in Monterey (2007)

GOLF Magazine - America's Top Golf Resorts (2007)

Travel + Leisure Magazine  - Best U.S. Golf Resorts by readers (2007)

Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Certification (2007)

Chemical & Water Use Reduction Certification (2007)

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Carolina National Golf Club: Bolivia, North Carolina

Carolina Magazine - #1 Best Coastal Course (1998)

Golf Digest - Finest Golf Courses on Eastern Seaboard (1998)

Certified Audubon Sanctuary

Golf Digest - Top 50 Golf Courses of Myrtle Beach (2005-2006)

LPGA Tour Qualifying School

Golf Digest - North Carolina’s Best New Affordable Public Course (1997)

Golf Digest - #1 Best New Affordable Public Course in US and Canada (1998)

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Circling Raven Golf Club: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Top 10 Best New Courses You Can Play – GOLF Magazine (2004)

America’s Best New Courses – Golf Digest Magazine (2005)

America's Top Golf Courses - Zagat Survey (2005-06)

America's Top Golf Courses - Zagat Survey (2007-08)

Top-40 Casino Courses (No. 4) – Golf Digest (2007)

Golfweek’s Best Casino Courses (2007)

Golfweek’s Best Casino Courses (2008)

Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses (2006)

Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses (2007)

Golf Magazine Top 100 Courses (No. 93) (2008-09)

Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play by State (2005)

Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play by State (2006)

Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play by State (2007)

Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play by State (2008)

Top 10 Indian Casino Golf Course – Native Peoples Magazine (2006)

Top U.S. Casino Golf Courses – Golf For Women Magazine (2006)

No. 1 Tribal Golf Course in America - Native American Casino Magazine (2006)

No. 1 Tribal Golf Course in America - Native American Casino Magazine (2008)

Best Courses in the West – Fairways + Greens Magazine (2005)

Signature 36 Resort Courses in the West – Fairways + Greens Magazine (2006)

Signature 36 Resort Courses in the West – Fairways + Greens Magazine (2007)

Resort Merchandiser of the Year – Inland Empire Chapter of the PGA (2004)

Resort Merchandiser of the Year – Inland Empire Chapter of the PGA (2005)

Resort Merchandiser of the Year – Inland Empire Chapter of the PGA (2006)

Northwest PGA Section Merchandiser of the Year – (2006)

Resort Merchandiser of the Year – Inland Empire Chapter of the PGA (2007)

Celebrated Living Magazine Readers’ Choice Platinum List – Circling Raven listed as “Editors’ Outstanding Golf Course Picks” (Summer 2005 issue; (CL Maagazine is American Airlines’ 1st- and Business Class cabins’ in-flight publication)

Biennial Top 100 Courses You Can Play/One to Watch for 2008 – GOLF Magazine (September 2006 issue; 2008 list to be published in September)

Most Admired Course Operators in the Nation – Golf Inc. Magazine (2007)

“Service Excellence Award” –  Coeur d’Alene Area Chapter of the Idaho Department of Commerce and Labor (June 2006)

Circling Raven Course Designer Gene Bates Named “Golf Course Architect of the Year” – The BoardRoom Magazine (2005)

Audubon Certified Course

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Due Process Stables: Colts Neck, New Jersey

Golf World Magazine - Best Kept Secret (1994)

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El Gouna Golf Club: El Gouna, Egypt

1st Resort Course in Egypt  (1999)

1st Course in World to use Paspalum Salt Tolerant Grass (1999)

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Green Mountain National: Sherburne, Vermont

First Municipally Owned Course in Vermont (1996)

#1 Daily Fee Course in Vermont (1996)

Golf Digest - #5 Best New Public Course (1996)

Travel + Leisure Magazine - America’s 100 Best Courses for Under $100 (2002)

Golf Digest - Top Rated Golf Courses in Vermont (2005-2006)

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Green Springs Golf Club: Washington, Utah

Golf Digest - #5 Best Public Course (1991)

Utah Skins Contest (Host, 1993-1994)

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Hamilton Mill Golf Course: Atlanta, Georgia

First Fred Couples Signature Golf Course (1995)

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Heron Ridge Golf Club: Virginia Beach, Virginia

1st New Public Golf Course to Open in over 10 Years in Virginia Beach (1999)

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Ironhorse Golf Club: Ashland, Nebraska

Golf Digest - #5 Best New Pubic Course (1998)

Golf Digest - #7 Best New Affordable Public Course (2001)

Golf Digest - America’s Best New Courses (2002)

Golf Digest - Best Places to Play (2004)

Golf Digest - 4.5 Stars

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Kelly Plantation Golf Club: Destin, Florida

Golf Digest - Top 5% of Courses in America (1999)

ZAGAT Survey - America's Top Golf Courses (2006)

Golf Digest - 4.5 Stars (2006)

Golf Digest - Best Places to Play (2007)

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Le Maitre de Mont Tremblant: Mt Tremblant, Canada

Golf Digest - #3 Best New Private Canadian Course (2002)

SCOREGolf  - #33 of Top 100 Golf Courses in Canada

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Old Mill Golf Course: Sandy, Utah

Top Revenue Producing Public Course in Utah (1992)

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Riverbend Golf Course: Riverton, Utah

#7 Best Course in Utah (1995)

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Riverwood Country Club: Port Charlotte, Florida 

Southwest Florida Golf Association - #1 Golf Course (1995)

Golf Digest - 4.5 Stars

Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary

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San Juan Oaks Golf Club: Hollister, California

Second Fred Couples Signature Course (1996)           

First Couples Signature Course in California (1996)

Golf Digest - Five Stars (1997)

Travel + Leisure Magazine - America’s 100 Best Courses for Under $100 (2002)

Golf Digest - #2 Readers’ Survey of Best Places to Play in California (2004)           

PGA Tour Stage One Qualifying Event (Host, 2004)

PGA Tour Qualifying School Home Course (Host, 2006-2007)

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Sentosa Golf Club: Serapong Course: Sentosa, Singapore

Barclays Singapore Open (Host, 2007)

Asian Golf Monthly - #1 Championship Course in Asia (2007)

Asian Golf Monthly - #1 Course in Singapore (2007)

Asian Tour - Host Venue of the Year (2006 & 2007)

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Soldier Hollow Golf Course: Midway, Utah

Site of Olympic Cross Country & Nordic Events (2002)

GOLF Magazine - #7 Best New Course (Gold Course, 2005)

Golf Digest - #9 Best New Affordable Course (2005)

Utah Amateur (Host, 2006 & 2007)

ZAGAT Survey - Excellent Review of Gold & Silver Courses (2007-2008)

Golf Digest - Top 10 Best Architecture in Utah (Gold Course, 2007)

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Southwood Golf Club: Tallahassee, Florida

GOLF Magazine  - One of the Top 35 Public Courses in America (2002)

Golf Digest - Florida's Best New Upscale Course (2003)

Golf Digest - #3 Best New Course in America (2003)

Travel +  Leisure Golf – Top 10 Courses of the New Millennium (2003)

Tallahassee Magazine - Tallahassee's Best Golf Course (2004, 2006 & 2007)

ZAGAT Survey - One of America's Top Golf Courses (2006)

Golf for Women Magazine - One of America's Top 50 Golf Courses for Women (2007)

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Talons Cove Golf Club: Saratoga Springs, UT

Golf Digest - Best New Courses (2005)

Utah Open (Host, 2006 & 2007)  (Casey’s Notes say 2005-2006)

Audubon International Sanctuary Status

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Triple Crown Country Club: Union, Kentucky

Golf Digest - #3 Best New Course in US (1992)

Golf Digest - #8 Best New Private Course in Kentucky (1993)

Kentucky Golfer Magazine - #3 Best Course in State (1996)

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 The Golf Club at Stonebridge: Bossier City, Louisiana

18 Hole Upscale Daily Fee (1999)

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The Golf Club at Yankee Trace: Centerville, Ohio

Golf Digest - Best New Courses (1995)

Nationwide Tour's Dayton Open (Host, 2001-2005)

Golf Digest - Top 100 Best Places to Play (2004)

Dayton Daily News - Best Golf Course in Miami Valley (2005)

People Choice Award - Best Golf Course (2005)

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The Rise Golf Resort: Vernon, British Columbia, Canada

The Robb Report - Best New Private Course (2007)

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Tomson Golf Club: Shanghai, Pudong, China

BMW Asian Open

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Twin Bridges Golf Club: Gadsden, Alabama

Golf Digest - #9 Best New Affordable Public Course (2004)

Audubon International Sanctuary Status: Silver Signature Series

Four Stars by Golf Digest

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Wack Wack Golf & Country Club: Manila, Philippines

World Cup (Host, 1972)

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Westfields Golf Club: Chantilly, Virginia

Best of Washington DC's Metro Golf Courses  (Gene told me about this, don’t have a year for it)

Golf Digest - Best New Course Nomination (1999)

Travel + Leisure Magazine - America’s 100 Best Courses to Play for Under $100 (2002)

Golf Digest - Four Stars (2003)

Golf Digest - Best Places to Play (2004)