9th Hole / Par-4 / 439 Yards
18th Hole / Par-4 / 462 Yards
Architect: Jack Nicklaus (2008)
by Matt Ward
There are few sure bets when coming to the immediate Las Vegas area. However, for those who opt to drive the roughly 60 miles to reach Coyote Springs Golf Club the end result will be a golf experience that comes up aces.
The Jack Nicklaus design was originally going to be the first of several courses in the area — in conjunction with a major land development project in the immediate area. The timing for Coyote Springs came during the growing impact of The Great Recession which put such plans on the back burner.
The 9th and 18th holes occupy a rousing conclusion to each nine and are magnificently located side-by-side. The former commences from an elevated tee and showcases Mormon and Moapa Peaks in the nearby distance. Players have to negotiate away from a series of bunkers in the drive zone. There is an alleyway area tempting the bold play from the tee but the more prudent option is staying short of them.
The approach shot is played to an angled green — protected by both sand and water. When the pin placement is tucked close to the left side the challenge to get close becomes a critical concern.
The 18th also starts from an elevated tee but moves slightly downhill and turning right. There’s water to avoid on the right side but the ideal playing angle is getting as far left as one can get while remaining in the fairway. A solitary bunker fiercely protects the left side and must be carefully avoided. The green is a devilish creation with a range of movements. It is imperative to land one’s approach as near as possible because the possibility of a three, or even four-putt, is a distinct possibility.
It’s also important to keep in mind daily wind patterns can change dramatically with a range of velocities making club selection and execution always a factor.
The 9th and 18th holes showcase strategic shotmaking challenges and the wherewithal to have both occupy a common area at the end of each nine leaves a lasting memorable impression when coming to Coyote Springs.
Photo Attribution: Courtesy Off the Deck