1. sixpez Posted: 01/12/16 8:57a Member Since: Oct 16, 2003 From: Irvine
Eaglee and I played here Saturday afternoon during the quick Yuma area visit. Though another 20 minutes east in Wellton, it seemed like the best deal and tee time. We booked through GN for a $15 1:36 ... Continue »
Eaglee and I played here Saturday afternoon during the quick Yuma area visit. Though another 20 minutes east in Wellton, it seemed like the best deal and tee time. We booked through GN for a $15 1:36 time. When we arrived, the starter in the pro shop warned us that they were running way behind because of a frost delay in the morning, a few slow groups out on the course and not enough carts. As groups were finishing, they were quickly washing the carts and sending the next group out to the tee. He offered to refund our money, but we were still welcome to stick around and play once there were carts ready for us. Walking is not an option here. We had nowhere else to go, so we grabbed lunch at the bar and he kept us informed of the progress every few minutes. We can't say enough good things about how he handled a tough situation. That's how you do it!
Ultimately, we went off a little after 2:00 along with another twosome. We didn't think we'd have a chance to finish and just wanted to get in as many holes as possible. However, with all that commotion getting started, the groups were all spread out and we didn't catch anyone until the 7th hole. After that, it slowed down but still moved reasonably well. We were stoked to be finishing on the 18th hole before 6:00 with a little light to spare!
This course was in nicer winter shape than Las Barrancas. Tee boxes and fairways had been overseeded (well, most of them—a few weren't for some reason). The coverage was inconsistent at times, but we mostly had nice lies. The rough was dormant and cut tight, so not much of a factor. I wasn't in any bunkers, so no comments there. The greens were a little ugly looking (dappled brown/greenish), but played really nicely. They were firm, but receptive to well-struck shots. And they were rolling smooth and quite quick. The greens here have some tricky undulation and the pin placements Saturday were downright evil at times. Getting to the greens was easy, but getting the ball in the hole was a real adventure.
Coyote Wash is an odd course because it is so spread out geographically. It is technically two different nine-hole courses that were built at different times as part of a larger residential development that stalled out somewhere along the way. It plays out and back, starting with the first 6 holes of the older nine. Then you drive to the western half of the property (literally a mile-long cart ride) to play the newer nine. Then you drive all the way back for the final 3 holes leading back to the clubhouse. It's very unusual. The older half is pretty basic in design with houses along most of the holes. The newer nine is more interesting, but there are very few homes around the course and it feels like a ghost town in some sections. The course overall is okay, but nothing that will blow you away. Again, in an area where none of the golf options are that spectacular, it appears to be one of the better courses to play and a nice value pick.