Accolades

Gene D. Bates
BoardRoom Renovation Golf Course Architect of the Year (2004)

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)

Boca Raton Resort & Club: Boca Raton, Florida
Host ADT Golf Skills Challenge
Silver Medalist Golf Digest
Top 100 Golf Resorts in the World

Brighton Crest Golf Course: Fresno, California
California Gold Star Award, Large Development (1991)
California Golf - Top Ten Ranking

Broken Sound: The Old Course: Boca Raton, Florida
Champions Tour - Allianz Championship (Host, 2006-2007)

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)

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)

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)
 
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

Due Process Stables: Colts Neck, New Jersey
Golf World Magazine - Best Kept Secret (1994)

El Gouna Golf Club: El Gouna, Egypt
1st Resort Course in Egypt  (1999)
1st Course in World to use Paspalum Salt Tolerant Grass (1999)

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)

Green Springs Golf Club: Washington, Utah
Golf Digest - #5 Best Public Course (1991)
Utah Skins Contest (Host, 1993-1994)

Hamilton Mill Golf Course: Atlanta, Georgia
First Fred Couples Signature Golf Course (1995)

Heron Ridge Golf Club: Virginia Beach, Virginia
1st New Public Golf Course to Open in over 10 Years in Virginia Beach (1999)

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

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)

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

Old Mill Golf Course: Sandy, Utah
Top Revenue Producing Public Course in Utah (1992)

Riverbend Golf Course: Riverton, Utah
#7 Best Course in Utah (1995)

Riverwood Country Club: Port Charlotte, Florida
Southwest Florida Golf Association - #1 Golf Course (1995)
Golf Digest - 4.5 Stars
Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary

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)

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)

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)

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)

Talons Cove Golf Club: Saratoga Springs, UT
Golf Digest - Best New Courses (2005)
Utah Open (Host, 2006 & 2007)
Audubon International Sanctuary Status

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)

 The Golf Club at Stonebridge: Bossier City, Louisiana
18 Hole Upscale Daily Fee (1999)

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)

The Rise Golf Resort: Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
The Robb Report - Best New Private Course (2007)

Tomson Golf Club: Shanghai, Pudong, China
BMW Asian Open

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

Wack Wack Golf & Country Club: Manila, Philippines
World Cup (Host, 1972)

Westfields Golf Club: Chantilly, Virginia
Best of Washington DC's Metro Golf Courses
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)
 

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