Coyote Springs Golf Club is a bit of a trek out of Las Vegas, about an hour from The Strip to the north along I-15. The golf course was intended to be part of a residential community, and continues to be owned and maintained by the developers, waiting for the market to turn. Once you leave the Las Vegas area, it’s a full 45 minutes of desolate and empty desert land with views for miles, so it’s hard to understand why this land was selected for the development. While the setting is somewhat in a valley, surrounded by mountains and views for miles, the only thing going for it in my estimation is the true isolation.
The routing is typical “Nicklaus” tough, especially when the wind’s up and howling through the valley. From the tips it can play to 7,471 yards, 75.8/141, the white tees play to 6,215 yards, 69.3/132. The fairways are reasonably generous off the tee, but placement for the second shot it critical. There was plenty of earth-moving here, the fairways are mounded and contoured, while just off is the unforgiving desert scrub, which is almost impossible to save par. Amazingly out in the middle of the desert, there’s 12 holes with water in play, and bunkering is plentiful, both in the fairways and greenside. The greens might be the course’s main defense, large, with severe undulation, and run fairly fast.
Enjoyable and challenging layout, there were two major advantages to playing Coyote Springs. First, the remoteness is refreshing, especially after being in Las Vegas. It’s impossible to see anything man-made, save for an adjoining structure, for miles in all directions. Second, the pace of play is great, probably because it only gets about 100 rounds a day, and for the most part there’s no use in looking for your balls off the fairway so play tends to move along.
To be on the safe side though, I’d play here soon for it’s not apparent how they can keep the course up and running.