Jack Nicklaus’ Coyote Springs Las Vegas Golf Course Still a New Gem

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The Chase at Coyote Springs is a Jack Nicklaus design March 9, 2010 (Las Vegas, Nevada)–In case you haven’t heard, The Chase at Coyote Springs, one of the newest golf layouts on the Las Vegas golf scene, is alive and well. And, affordable . The rise of Coyote Springs out of the dust may have slowed down, but future growth plans are still in place. “We are definitely still moving forward,” said Todd Michaelsen, head golf professional of the nationally-recognized Las Vegas golf layout. “The timeline for the clubhouse and the first model homes is still a couple of years away but we are still moving in the right direction.”—By Bill Bowman

And to that end, Michaelsen points to March and April rounds upcoming for the course that is one of 50 Las Vegas area golf courses. “We have a lot of rounds booked for the upcoming couple of months and that’s a good thing,” Michaelsen said of the course that is about an hour outside of Las Vegas. “The word is still getting out about the course.” OB Sports Card holders—including those from out-of-state—can play the course for as little as $55 after 11 a.m. while visitors can tee it up for $85 after 11 a.m. 

The Chase, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design, plays anywhere from 5,349 yards to a knee-knocking 7,471 yards from the championship tees. Eleven lakes come into play on the course and forced carries add to the test. Michaelsen said the design is one players won’t soon forget. “Players will get a links type of feel in the desert with plenty of undulation and movement in the fairways and greens,” Michaelsen said. “The landing areas are pretty wide open Landing areas pretty wide open and once people see if, it kind of opens their eyes to how great a course this is.”

The layout features a wide variety of challenges and as many dogleg left holes as dogleg-right holes…which is different from a lot of Nicklaus designs. “It used to be if you hit a high fade, you’d be OK with any shot on a Nicklaus course,” Michelsen said with a laugh. “Here, with the dog-leg left shots, it brings a lot of other shots golfers need to hit. It’s still got a lot of Nicklaus flair but it also gives players more challenges.”The Chase has an impressive practice facility. Covering 19 acres and with 13 target greens, players can pick any club in the bag to work on. There’s also a short-game green that measures 10,000 square feet to offer a wide variety of short-game and putting practice options. There’s still a temporary facility where players check in, but golfers are encouraged to bring their own food and drinks to take onto the course.

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