Par five's generally allow the player to gain a stroke back from early disappointments, and the seventh is no exception. Just yards from the black tees, this par five can be reached in two, but it's the tee shot that's key. From the blue markers, it's yards to the end of the fairway, so no problem in that regard, but you must steer clear of the bunker right and the trees on either side. This will leave an uphill second to a narrow fairway and a tightly protected green. It's certainly worth the risk, as birdie will make the memorable view of the Sierra mountains even more special.
At yards, the eighth is the shortest hole on the course, but definitely not the easiest. A mid-iron is the club choice, however a back-right flag can add yards to your approach. The two-tiered putting surface wraps around a pot bunker to make matters worse. Sloping from back to front, try and stay below the hole for your best chance at saving par.
The closing hole on the front nine can be had, but you'll need a successful tee shot. Bending back to the right, the ninth features a wide landing area, devoid of sand.
Trees guard the perimeter and the hole stretches downhill from the crest of the fairway. Although you'll have an awkward lie, you should have just a short iron to a severely sloped green. Avoid the bunker right and stay below the hole and you can make par. Oh, if I only listened to my own advice. Number 10 opens the backside with a downhill, dogleg right par four of yards. Favor the right side, as the fairway tilts to the left. A quality tee ball will leave just a short iron to a well-guarded and very deep green.
Bunkers left, right and deep protect a severely sloped putting surface. A back-right flag is the trickiest, so do not pin seek if you want to make par. From an elevated tee, the 11th is one of the longest par fours on the course, but does not play as long as the yardage indicates. You'll need to move the ball from the left, as the hole bends hard to the right. The view from the tee is stupendous, with the mountainous region in full sight.
With such a huge drop, you'll be left with just a short iron to a very accessible green.
Sloping from back to front, stay below the hole and a birdie can be marked on your card. One of the many signature holes at Coyote Moon, the 12th is certainly a player favorite. First of all, it's the shortest par five on the course, so birdies abound and secondly, it's beautiful.
The tee box sits well above the fairway, so you'll gain a few extra yards at the onset, but make sure you play down the right, as the fairway kicks to the left. Doglegging to the right, your second shot will play uphill towards the small, back-to-front sloping green. Sand lurks short and deep, so if you can't get home in two, lay up short and clip a wedge to birdie range. On the way to the 13th, make sure you keep an eye out for the family of foxes living in the rocks to the left of the path. If you go slow enough, you'll see them darting in and out of the boulders.
If you thought 12 was a great hole, wait till you reach the downhill, majestic par-three 13th. Depending upon the elements, this yarder can be reached with a eight-iron or a hybrid. Your tee shot, which travels feet downward, must carry the ravine and Trout Creek to reach the longest green on the course at 42 paces. A ridge across the center of the putting surface, reaches out and touches a bunker on either side.
With a back-right pin and the wind in your face, look out! Although rated as the easiest hole on the course, the 14th is anything but easy. The narrow landing area requires a pinpoint long iron or fairway metal, otherwise, trees and a slope on the right and a ravine on the left with certainly gobble your ball.
The tee box from the back markers, sits awkwardly to the fairway, making it even more difficult. Your approach to the green is slightly uphill and often misjudged. The putting surface is quite wide, but very thin, so an accurate second is key. The six I made certainly didn't help my score. You won't reach the par-five 15th in two, I can guarantee that, especially from the tips. At yards, it's the longest hole on the course and it doglegs to the right.
Even with a huge tee shot, you'll need over yards just to clear the ravine that splits the fairway at the yard mark.
The best play, is short of the trouble, leaving an uphill third to a two-tiered green that slopes hard to the front. Write me if you make birdie! The final par three on the course is the third one-shotter over yards. Not only does the prevailing winds come into play, but the pond and rocks fronting the putting surface will certainly test your will, not to mention courage.
Fixed in an amphitheater setting, the green is as undulating as it gets. Another back-right pin will bring a deep bunker into play. Number 17 is not only the second-hardest hole on the course, it's also the longest par four at Coyote Moon.
Even though it plays downhill and to the right off the tee, it's still lengthy at yards. Your tee shot must carry a water hazard over yards from the tips to reach the fairway. Favoring the right side to avoid a tall pine, you should be left with a mid-iron to another long, but narrow putting surface. Although shots will repel left towards the green, the putting surface slopes hard from back to front.
You'll have to rely on your short game to save par. Playing back up the hill towards the clubhouse, the closing hole is a mere yards. Fairway metal or long iron should suffice to an ample fairway, but it's the second shot that is the key to defeating par. The green is perched well above the fairway and is the longest on the course at 48 yards.
The putting surface is three-tiered and guarded by sand and grass hollows.
You'll need to add two to three clubs with a back pin. Come up short and you'll be lucky to three-putt. A wonderful finishing hole to a beautiful course. So it was a welcomed relief to find that Coyote Moon was sans homes and home sites, just golf and sensational scenery at its best. You'll be stunned by the wonderful vistas throughout the course, from the first tee, as you stare at the Sierra Mountain range, to the heart-stopping, par-three 13th. But that's just part of the fascination of Coyote Moon.
The conditioning of the layout is unsurpassed in the region and the challenge of the "Moon" is as tough as any in the High Sierra with a slope of I hearken back to the wonderful design that incorporates native wildflowers, majestic Ponderosa pines and numerous rock formations, teaming with wildlife, into a course that seems to have been built years ago.
Two minor strikes against Coyote Moon, although there are chipping areas and practice bunkers, the lack of a driving range hurts and the slightly awkward ride from the sixth green to the seventh tee is a little odd, but that's being picky. The bottom line is that Coyote Moon is one incredible mountain golf course and along with sister layout Old Greenwood, the duo is unmatched in the region. With great stay-and-play packages tied together with Old Greenwood, the four different sets of tee markers, the beautiful ambience, wildlife and seclusion and the challenge of the intense layout, Coyote Moon gets high marks from me.
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