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47 Reviews (47)
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.1
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.1
86.2%
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4.5
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5.0
Value
4.3
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Amenities
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7177 yards
Slope 136
Rating 73.7

Golfers can truly experience High Sierra golf at its finest at Coyote Moon Golf Course in Truckee, not far from the busting town of Reno. Located more than 6,000 feet above sea level, Coyote Moon is a delight for the senses, as the well-maintained fairways lead to blissful, panoramic views.

Part of what makes Reno and the High Sierras an outstanding golf destination, Coyote Moon was designed by former PGA Tour pro Brad Bell. This is a course that will challenge every level of golfer, and many make sure their vacation plans include a stop at this wilderness wonderland of a golf course.

With 18 scenic holes that overlook the Sierra Nevada ridgeline, Coyote Moon Golf Course gives players a true challenge. Because while the high altitudes will add distance to drives, the many trees will add a serious challenge, as will Trout Creek, which meanders throughout the course, With great service and conditions, Coyote Moon is a High Sierra gem.

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Course Details

Year Built 2000
Fairways Blue Grass
Greens Blue Grass
Golf Season May - October
Architect Brad Bell (2000)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Bunker Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Major credit cards are accepted.
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in California (2018 #7)

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4.6
47 Reviews (47)
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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

good condition, no driving range, funky layout, pace of play abysmal!!!

good condition, no driving range, funky layout, pace of play abysmal!!!

We quit on 15. Never saw a marshal. took > 3 hours to play the front. golf is a tough business. Old Greenwood and Grays' Crossing nearly closed in early 2019 & they are much better courses than C. moon. I should have called the clubhouse to alert then to the pitiful pace of play but didn't do it, The weather was nice and the course is very nice although a few of the holes have a very funky layout. No driving range. Not worth $115.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

I played a few years ago and made it a must play this time
Was not disappointed. It is a challenge but a fun course to play. Don't miss it

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great scenic, challenging course

I have played quite a few courses from Southern California to the Canadian Border. This course is in my top 5 most beautiful and remote courses I have ever played. The course conditions were excellent, the staff members were great. There are a few kind of trick holes that I would have played differently , but all in all it was a wonderful experience. I am an old guy who doesn't drive the ball far anymore, (200-220 avg). If your driving distance is similar, take the pro's advice and play the forward tees; it will be a much more enjoyable experience. All kinds of wild fife around - enjoy!
Richard

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great views with a golf course!

This is a must play and see! I play here everytime I come up this way! The playing conditions weren’t as good as previous visits but they are still very, very good considering the long spring thaw! The only thing you’ll regret here, is that you didn’t score better! It will get ya if you lose focus!
The quality of the course is a reflection of all who work here!
I will play here many more times!
It is a must play!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Think green

Beautiful green mountain/ snow
Green fairways , fast greens
Worth all the green you spend and still want more

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

the pace is Too slow

Too expensive for an okay of experience:

The layout is beautiful and of course is beautiful and the scenery is beautiful.

The pace of play was so awful that ruined the day, the conditions were terrible but that could have been due to a late snow.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Idaho Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Everything You Might Imagine Mountain Golf To Be

Coyote Moon was a great golf experience. We planned this as a stop on our drive to California for the US Open at Pebble Beach and it was a perfect breath of fresh air along the way.

This course is located just outside of Reno in the high Sierra’s and is exactly the Mountain forest course you might imagine. The views are consistently fantastic, there are a lot of elevation changes, and there is no shortage of opportunities to lose your ball in the forest.

Because of the thick vegetation all around the Coyote Moon doesn’t do much in the way of bunkering for protection on the fairways. They just keep them appropriately wide to maintain a challenge and rely on angles to keep you honest. The green have just enough bunkering to offer resistance without making them too difficult to play; this is good because often there is enough to judge given changes of elevation etc. There are a handful of holes where one less tree on the corners would really open things up, this is clearly not the courses objective.

On the topic of elevation changes there are some really breathtaking holes that will quicken your pulse from the tee. Numbers 11 (a roughly 100 foot drop giving way to a 289 yard 3 wood) and 13 (well over 100 feet of drop leading to an 8 iron from 200 yards) come quickly to mind.

I played the Blue tees (not all the way back) which go about 6700 yards and play to a 70.9/134 which felt about right. There were plenty of opportunities to lose balls (the aforementioned par 3 13 for example offers little respite for a ball that misses the green by very much); however, if you kept your ball on the short(ish) grass there is no reason you can’t post a respectable score. Having never played there before, I was only a couple strokes above my handicap.

I’ve read complaints about the “driving range,” which is simply a set of mats from which you fire into a net about 20 yards away. If you wanted to use Coyote Moon as a practice facility I can see where this would be a problem. For me, as someone who was there expressly for a round it was perfectly fine; I’m only on the range to get loose, not to try and flight my clubs. By contrast, the putting/chipping green is very large with lots of slope to practice just about every short game shot you might want to hit. When I was there, the practice green was rolling about the same as the greens on the course, which is all I really want from my putting warm-up.

The service in the pro-shop, cafe, and from the grounds crew was terrific. Everyone seemed enthusiastic to be there and eager to help. The starter was “that guy” which, depending on your taste is great or not so great. He walked me through several of the more “complex” holes and gave me some valuable insight about how the greens run in relation to the mountains around us. I love the “strater chat” so this was great for me.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great course to play in Tahoe

CONS

I reserved a tee time using the Golfnow app and this caused some issues while paying for the rounds. The Golfnow app charged a portion that should have reduced what I paid at the clubhouse, but ended up being charged again at the clubhouse. The staff member appeared annoyed and unwilling to assist with the issue and deflected it to something I needed to work out with Golfnow.

The "driving range" is just a net with mats placed dangerously close together.

The fairways and greens where not up to standard but that's to be expected with Spring weather conditions.

PROS

The staff as a whole was very prompt and friendly.

The putting and chipping surfaces are very spacious and fun to shoot around on.

The views throughout the winding course we're spectacular. The course itself was a welcome challenge that isn't readily available where I am from.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A+

Coyote Moon delivers a challenge that should be taken on only by those seeking to be enveloped by picturesque panoramic views where every shot requires attention as each result will either have you admiring your surroundings or becoming part of them
You will find as many balls as you lose. Placing shots is a must on the majority of the holes.
The greens were pacing at an 11. Every shot hitting into the East draws your ball off the back of the green and into the wonderland of the Sierra foilage.
This will be an annual round for me for years to come.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Coyote Moon is still my favorite golf course

I come up to Tahoe at the end of August every summer and never miss a chance to play Coyote Moon. It’s stunningly beautiful and always well maintained. If you’ve never played here you must experience it!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Coyote Moon is a beautiful course in a beautiful place.

This course punishes you if you miss the fairways so pick your tees well and bring plenty of balls. If your game is on the course will reward you. Some very unusual golf holes.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing

A howlin' good time at Coyote Moon

If I could give it 4.85 stars I would. It's oh so close to being a five-star facility. All it lacks is a bit of playability for us mid to high handicaps. The land isn't flat, so neither is your lie. That makes hitting so many elevated and popup greens so difficult. The white tees we played did offer up a couple short par 5s (478 and 458 yards) as compensation. The drop-shot par-3 13th hole ranks among the best par 3s in California. A true jaw dropper.
It's hard not to love the entire experience, no matter your score. We were bummed some coyote pups seen by the staff weren't hanging around their den behind the 12th green. Seeing them would have made a special day magical.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

This course had great layout and was so much fun!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Delivers

Coyote Moon was a pleasure. I came in solo about a week before season closing. They had me playing with a fun couple from SF, and all of us thoroughly enjoyed our round. The course is cut out of the rough terrain and sweeping panorama of the Sierra Nevada crest in Truckee. So many different looks and angles make the course a delight as you discover each new hole. It is pretty tight in some areas and you will likely experience some tactical shots from the pines with wayward shots. Relatively difficult greens await you on every approach and you really have to manage your putting to avoid 3-jacks. It's a phenomenal deal in the fall, but I would pay top price to play here in the peak season.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Anonymous
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful

Nice track in the trees at 6200 elevation. Beautiful spot nice greens and challenging layout. I will be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

The best in Tahoe area

We have an annual trip to Lake Tahoe area and this is always our last course. It is simply fantastic and the back 9 is one of the best around. So many elevation changes and it isn't an easy course. It is a must play in the Tahoe area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Serene

Beautiful course - challenging at times - but some holes were pars If you need to practice you won't get much here. You hit into a net. Staff very friendly - not very busy when we played - so we got to go off early since we were a twosome. Loved that there was not many bunkers. Other courses had way too many bunkers

Absolutely beautiful like all the others we played in Tahoe - we felt like we were all alone at times - how they get golf courses carved out of all the mountains is beyond me

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Very Challenging Course

I played this course 15 years ago and found it very challenging. So when you see I played Dec 2016 It actually was Dec 2002. Play was smooth and fast as we used carts for our foursome. The grounds were manicured perfectly and greens perfect!
This course is at 6000 foot level and the ball moves fast and sharply. I am a 18 handicap and use hybrid clubs and loved this course..

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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