By Scott Taylor
For the first time we reviewed a course south of Interstate 80 as we played Coyote Run Golf Course in Flossmoor.
The course starts with four consecutive short par-4s, a great chance to start off you round with some great scoring.
The first hole plays just 360 from the tips and 33 from the white tees. You have to drive over water and there are bunkers that could trap up a long drive just short of the green and a bunker to the left of the green.
Next is a 339-yard par-4 that plays straight and slightly uphill at the green. It is a large green, but it is important to hit your approach to the right area or a three-putt could ensue.
The third hole is 348 yards and has bunkers off the fairway and a bunker in front of the green, to the right.
It is followed by a risk-reward par-4, my favorite hole on the course. That is because I drove the green and made birdie. It plays just 280 from the white tees, but plays over some water and a large group of bunkers in front of the green. Unless you can play a fade, which is my natural shot, laying up is the best option. I was able to bend it left-to-right around the bunkers and up to the green.
The fifth hole is just 135 yards from the white, but is 215 from the blue. It, too is played over water, although it shouldn’t come into play, similar to the previous water holes.
So, from the white tees, you shouldn’t have more than a wedge as an approach into the greens (at least I didn’t), through the first five holes. Unfortunately, my iron game is struggling right now and I made four bogeys with the birdie.
The sixth hole offers another short wedge approach shot. It plays at 500 yards that doglegs right with a creek in front of the green, almost forcing a layup. The green has a big slope from front to back, so it is important to land on the same side as the hole.
The seventh hole is a difficult par-4 at 373 yards. Water lines the left portion of the fairway, making the hole play longer as you have to bail out right. A 133-yard par-3 follows (over water) and the front nine finishes with a 533-yard par-5, which bends right.
The back nine starts with a dogleg left par-4, which plays 420 yards and is slightly uphill at the green. The 11th is a 163-yard par-3 and is followed by a short, but difficult par-4. At just 306 yards, the fairway shrinks towards the water in front of the green, making it a challenging driving hole.
The 13th is another par-3 over water and the 14th is a straightaway par-5 at 491 yards. The 15th hole is another risk/reward hole at 305 yards with a dogleg right. The fairway slopes towards the water on the right, and there is out of bounds left. Many will lay up and hit an iron into the green over the water. I went for the green and landed in a perfect spot, 50 yards short and left of the green, nearly out of bounds. Of course, I still failed to make par. It does get very tight around the green.
One more par-3 over water (161 yards) follows and then there is the final par-5 at 510 yards, which doglegs left.
The final hole is a slight dogleg right that plays just 340 yards but with bunkers surrounding the greens.
Overall I enjoyed playing the course. It offered good scoring holes and risk/reward holes. They also had some holes where you had to play smart and take your medicine.
Unfortunately, with all the play out there (which is a good thing as well) the greens are filled with ball marks. While this might affect your putting from time to time, it is still worth coming out to play.
The fact that it is just $52 during the week to play for nonresidents is even more reason to make the trip to play the course. The weekend fees are very reasonable as well at $62.
All in all, this is definitely a place to visit.