Las Vegas, Nevada (January 4, 2012)–Gary Van Sickle is a Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated. Because of that, he has played golf all over the world. So when he writes something such as, "This is one of my favorite spots in golf.", it carries a bit of weight. And that is exactly what he recently wrote about the Las Vegas Golf Region's Coyote Springs Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus design. —By Brian Hurlburt.
"This is one of my favorite spots in golf," begins Van Sickle in an article at Golf.com, a sister site to SI. "It’s not just the course, which has a bit of a Rube Goldberg feel because of the many slopes that allow you to play bank shots (can you say ground-hook?) and funhouse greens …
"… The reason I’m partial to Coyote Springs is the setting. I haven’t seen another course this remote or this quiet. There are mountain views in every direction, and the sprawling valley is barren, stunning and majestic. Best of all, the golfer selfishly said, the housing development that was supposed to help create a city of up to a quarter-million residents crashed with the recession. They built this course first, as a selling point for the homes. There’s a water treatment plant and a recreation center and a golf shop. That’s about it. Big Sky plus Big Empty equals Big Awesome. This spot always reminds me of that old America tune: “I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name…”
Click now to view the official photo gallery of Coyote Springs from the official website. It is worth the click, and more than backs up Van Sickle's prose. Currently you can earn a free replay after your first round at Coyote Springs. Visitor rates currently run from $65 to $105. Click now to reserve your Coyote Springs tee times.
Coyote Springs is about 50 minutes north of the Las Vegas Strip. But, according to Van Sickle, that's one of the best selling points for the course: "Don’t skip this course because it’s out of the way. That’s actually the best part about it." In addition to the beauty and challenge of the course, of course.