Getting lost in the beauty and seclusion of nature is a why many visit the Tahoe region. Coyote Moon Golf Course is the perfect place to do just that. Early into the first nine it is easy to forget that you are just a few minutes’ drive away from downtown Truckee.
Par 72 | 18 holes
Yardage | 5,022 to 7,111
Slope | 125 to 140
Rating | 69.3 to 73.6
My golf partner David “Dayday” Gosiewski and I teed off late afternoon with no one else in sight; it felt like we had the place to ourselves. The course was in good shape for being open only two weeks. The high elevation added to the serenity, as did the course design. The greens are not flat, but rather designed to fit in and around the natural surroundings. Opened in 2,000, the course sits on 250 acres and remains a home for local wildlife.
The course is fair and challenging, and the wide greens allow shot play for various skill levels. I enjoyed seeing how the greens were designed to fit in with the established surroundings. Every hole is different, but each fit into the existing terrain like a glove. As we made our way down the 12th hole, a friendly ranger, Craig, let us know we were approaching a coyote den. This is where the course gets its name. The 13th hole offers the best view of the coyote’s home; this is the course signature. The tee off is breathtaking. There’s even a warning sign to club down, as the championship tees are maybe 100 yards down slope.
Every hole is different, but each
fit into the existing terrain
like a glove.
Hole 13 takes you right over Trout Creek and the rest of the back nine incorporates quite a few enjoyable water features. The established firs, pines and granite boulders throughout keep the course interesting, but not unplayable.
Coyote Moon has a Bar & Grill offering breakfast, lunch, happy hour and pizza. Call in an order on the call box at Hole 8 and it will be waiting once you get off the back nine. If you have time, arrive early and take in the view, and take advantage of the full swing practice mats, putting and chipping greens. Practice balls are included with your round of golf, as is a cart and cooler.
This course is the perfect Sierra golf experience. Twilight was a great time for us to play; the rates are discounted later in the day, as well. | (530) 587-0886, coyotemoongolf.com