Boulder Creek Golf Club Coyote Run
Jun 01, 2008 by Brian Rector
Of the three nine-hole layouts at Boulder Creek Golf Club, Desert Hawk is generally considered the best and most popular. I can't argue with that, but the more I play the Coyote Run layout, the more and more I like it.
Coyote Run starts out with a short par-4 dogleg right. There is a large lake bordering the right side and several fairway bunkers scattered down the middle of the fairway. It is not a long hole so you do not need to hit a driver. A well-placed tee shot should give you a short iron into the well guarded, elevated green.
Most of the holes on Coyote Run are like the first; water or desert hazard bordering the hole on one side and plenty of bunkers to avoid off the tee. The holes also have a risk/reward quality to them. There are a few holes with a double fairway, where choosing one side will require a longer carry or have a much smaller landing area, but provide you with a better angle and approach to the green. Even the somewhat tamer holes have fairway bunkers you can try to carry that can give you a much needed distance advantage as this course can play extremely long.
Normally from the back tees, the course will play about 7600 yards. The back tees are not even placed on the course to try to keep people from playing that far back. There is enough challenge on this course that you don’t need to play from the furthest set of tees. The next set of tees will still play over 7000 yards and with all the possible layups on risk/reward holes, it will seem like it is much closer to 7600.
The finishing hole on Coyote Run is a true test of Boulder Creek-style golf. The tee shot should be hit to the left side of the fairway that requires a carry of about 240 yards over a creek and is bordered by a large bunker on the far left side. Or you can hit your drive to the right side of the fairway that requires no forced carry and just has to be placed between the creek and a couple fairway bunkers. After safely reaching the fairway you are left with either a long approach if you took the gamble off the tee, or an even LONGER approach if you played it safe off the tee. The green is large and well guarded by bunkers in the front and back, a creek on the right, and a lake on the left. A par or better here and you could be counting your winnings in the bar after the round.
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