By Thomas Lester ·
Courtesy Coyote Moon Golf Course ·
18 holes | Par 72
Yardage: 7,177 from the Black tees | 5,022 from the Gold tees
Rating: 74.4 from the Black tees | 69.3 from the Gold tees
Slope: 139 from the Black tees | 125 from the Gold tees
One of the most exceptional examples of mountain golf may be found at Coyote Moon Golf Course in Truckee. The course sits on a 250-acre property with breathtaking views, lofty pines and granite outcroppings. There is not a single home on the course to interfere with the surrounding scenery. Each hole feels like you are playing golf in the middle of the woods.
The course was designed by former PGA Tour professional Brad Bell in 2000. It plays 7,177 from the back tees and is a good test of golf for all handicappers. There are numerous elevation changes, well-protected greens and hazards placed strategically throughout.
The first hole at Coyote Moon likely has the best view found on any starting hole in the Sierra. It is a 561-yard, par 5 from the black tees. The hole provides a magnificent view of Donner Summit and the Truckee Valley. A good drive down the left center will leave the best angle for the lay-up. Longer hitters might be able to reach the green in two for a possible opening eagle. When laying up, avoid the large pine on the right side. A short iron or wedge will be used into this green that has one bunker short and another one on the right.
Hole 4 is the No. 1 handicap hole. It is a par 4 with a fairway that slopes from left to right and plays 441 yards from the back tees. Off the tee, a soft draw is the ideal shot. Make sure to avoid the water hazard along the right side. After a solid tee ball, a mid-iron is likely to be the club used to a green that sits uphill. Be sure to take an extra club for this approach as it plays a few yards longer than expected. This green runs from back to front, so do not leave the ball above the hole. Par is a fantastic score on this hole.
The 227-yard par 3, 13th hole has an extreme elevation change that will be remembered by all. Before teeing off, walk up to the back tees to get a full appreciation of the hole and to enjoy the view to its fullest extent. Take note of the wind direction as this hole can play up to 3 clubs shorter than the yardage.
Coyote Moon has an extensive short game area with a large putting green and chipping area with a sand bunker. There is a full swing warm up area with free practice balls included with a round. Be sure to check out the bar and grill Sundays through Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. for happy hour specials.
For more information and green fees, visit coyotemoongolf.com or call (530) 587-0886.