This story by Bill Bowman first appeared on golflasvegasnow.com.
There are more than 50 golf courses in the Las Vegas area that can be part of your Vegas getaway plans. Those plans may also include shopping, gaming, sightseeing or many other activities the bright lights of Vegas have to offer. Then there is the golf course that is the getaway. There’s just the golf course…that’s it, at least until the community grows up around it. There are no rides, no shops, no malls, no outside distractions. It’s just you and the golf course. Such is the case with Coyote Springs Golf Club.
Coyote Springs, located about 50 minutes north of Las Vegas, opened in 2008 and is one of Jack’s finest layouts. Don’t believe us? Well, it’s been rated (numerous times) as one of the top places to play by Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and Golfweek.
Here’s why: Jack Nicklaus designed a world-class golf course—tough enough to challenge the best players but still playable for those just picking up the game. Then he put that course in a tranquil setting and let the fun begin.
The course’s area is mesmerizing from start to finish. “We have just beautiful surroundings,” said Karl Larcom, director of golf. “It’s a great escape from the busy, busy city. And being a Nicklaus-designed course doesn’t hurt one bit.”
The course, a par-72 layout, reaches 7,471 yards from the tips. And it’s every bit the challenge it sounds like. But with multiple tees, it’s also playable for everyone in the group.
And lest you think it’s got to be a desert course because of its location, well, you would be wrong. Water comes into play beautifully on 11 of the holes—especially challenging on three of the par 3s as well as the 9th and 18th holes. Add in more than 100 bunkers and you’ve got Nicklaus at his finest.
“The [Jack] Nicklaus design is a big factor in getting golfers out here,” Larcom said. “And with prices being competitive, some people are seeing conditions suffer a bit. But this course is always in great shape.”
And the addition of Mitch’s Grill has also helped attract players. “It’s doing great,” Larcom said. “We have all the basics a golfer needs….burgers, hot dogs, and the chicken quesadilla is very popular. It’s been a great addition for us.”
So expand your Vegas golf trip and get away to a Nicklaus Design masterpiece.