The word is spreading
– Coyote Moon Golf Course is one of the finest mountain golf experiences in the country, and with good reason. The course sits on 250 acres of secluded rolling hills, majestic pines and wildflowers. Without a single house to spoil the view, playing Coyote Moon offers an experience seldom found in golf today. Spectacular scenery, tremendous weather, quality service and a phenomenal golf course are all situated quite naturally in the Sierras near Lake Tahoe. Course designer Brad Bell has done a fantastic job of winding a championship course through towering pines and rugged rock outcroppings while leaving players ample room for shot making and solitude. Bell, a former PGA TOUR player, is well known for creating the highly praised Teal Bend and Turkey Creek Golf Courses in Sacramento. Located just 12 miles from Lake Tahoe in the historic town of Truckee, Coyote Moon is destined to become a Sierra Classic.
The course is located at 6,300 feet above sea level. Plan on an extra 6 to 10 percent more distance than at lower elevations. The rule of thumb is to hit one club less than normal. Coyote Moon is open from the middle of May to the end of October. The weather is nearly perfect. Well protected from the wind and summer weather is mild with low humidity. Average daytime temps are in the 70’s. Due to the elevation, mornings can be cool and don’t forget your sunscreen.
Certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, efforts have been made in environmental stewardship through best practices in management of the facility.
With four sets of tees Coyote Moon offers an appropriate test for all skill levels. Let’s get on the course!
The first hole is a Par 5, playing 519 from the Blue tees. Keep your tee shot to the left side of the fairway and be aware of the bunkers guarding the green as you bring your ball up to this green. Most players tend to lay-up with a mid iron to stay safe as they open their round and head towards the two tiered green.
Keep your eyes peeled during your round for a peak at the natural wildlife in and around the course. You may see bats, beaver, black bears, bobcats, coyotes, black-tailed deer and more.
The third hole is a Par 3 playing shorter than its yardage because of an elevated tee. 172 from the White tees, there is also a tail wind that can push your ball along.
Hole number six plays 396 from the Black tees. Play a slight draw around this dogleg left to leave you in the best position for this green.
Number ten is a Par 4 of 389 from the White tees. Play it smart out of the tee box and keep your ball on the fairway on this hole as there is severe rough right that can quickly add strokes to your score.
The twelfth hole is a Par 5 playing 519 from the Black tees. And, since I birdied this hole, it must be reachable in two. Left to right out of the tee box is the preferred direction, although I came out of the tee and onto the fairway on the let hand side of the fairway and still somehow recovered. In the large boulders behind the green a family of coyotes makes their den.
When we approached the tee box for the thirteenth hole, a course ambassador happened to be driving by. He mentioned that this hole made him feel like he had vertigo! The extreme elevation change, wind, and pin position on this hole can cause you to play up to three clubs less for this yardage. The next hole, the fourteenth, has a green that is clear over on the other side of a creek. Play a mid to long iron out of the tee box just short of the pine tree in the middle of the fairway and favor the left edge in order to give yourself the best advantage of getting onto the green and getting the best look at the flagstick.
The seventeenth hole is my personal favorite on the course, a long Par 4 measuring 434 from the Blue tees. Look for osprey feeding on rainbow trout in this pond. The fairway can look quite intimidating from the tee box, but it only requires a carry of about 220 to get onto the fairway cleanly. The pine tree in the middle of the fairway is a good aiming point. The green is heart-shaped, slopes to the left and plays to a depth of 36 yards.
Coyote Moon is part of the larger vision of a resort company that also runs a world-class resort in Beaver Creek, Colorado. It’s located in historic Truckee, the gateway to North Lake Tahoe. Truckee became a major east-west migration route when the Central Pacific Railroad came through as part of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1868. Today relics of the old west still exist on downtown’s Main Street.
Coyote Moon Golf Course
10685 Northwoods Blvd
Truckee, CA 96161
Golf Shop 530 587-0886
Public • 18 holes