Located in Flossmoor, Illinois, a suburb south of Chicago, is Coyote Run Golf Course. This course bills itself as having “country club conditions at a daily fee facility.”
Coyote Run has a very nice practice facility with a unique feature: its own 3-hole short course. I think this is a fantastic feature that more courses should have. It’s a great place for kids and beginners to learn the game or for veteran players to work on their short game skills.
The range, which is lit for late night practice, is capable of accommodating up to 20 golfers. The putting green, however, can hold about 6 before it gets crowded. One thing I really like is that the driving range and the putting green are on either side of the first tee, so you can practice right up to your opening tee shot.
Amenities & Customer Service
Coyote Run is a mixed bag when it comes to amenities. The carts don’t have GPS and there isn’t a drink cart (at least not on the day I was there).
On the other hand, the pro shop has an above-average amount of equipment, balls, shoes, and apparel and the clubhouse is nicer and cleaner than most. The newly renovated restaurant and bar, Wiley’s Grill, (get it? Wiley Coyote?) can seat over 100 patrons and features live music. Of particular interest to snow-bound golfers is that Wiley’s also has an indoor golf simulator.
The customer service at Coyote Run was fine, but not outstanding. I golfed on a beautiful October day and the course was absolutely packed. Pace of play was not terrible, but it would have been nice to see a marshal/ranger keeping things moving.
The conditions at Coyote Run are about as good as you will find at a public course. This is particularly impressive when you factor in that Coyote Run doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to play.
The greens are smooth and quick, probably around a 10 on the stimpmeter the day that I played. Despite the dry summer, the fairways and rough were all lush and of a consistent length. The most unusual (good) thing is the quality of the bunkers: every hazard had equal, ample amount of sand in them.
Beauty & Scenery
Coyote Run is a nice looking course that is boxed in on all four sides by the southern suburb of Flossmoor. From almost any spot on the course, you can see the streets and neighborhoods that surround the course, but this is typical of almost every course this close to Chicago. Judged against courses in similar locations, Coyote Run is a fairly attractive walk in the park, but it’s not in the same league with the more secluded, scenic courses in the game.
Course Design & Layout
I really enjoyed my round at Coyote Run. For someone of my length (250+ off the tee), the front is short but fun, and the back is a decent test. If you’re not consistently hitting into 250 or better off the tee, please ignore the yardage on the card and play the whites. I know they’re “only” 5900 yards, but it’s Par 71. If you play the back nine from the tips without adequate length, you’ll be in for a long afternoon.
In terms of difficulty (length aside), Coyote Run is a modest challenge and very fair. There are plenty of trees, but they’re not densely packed so that you have no way to play out of them. The hazards, by and large, are there for you to see and the holes are well-defined. The greens are medium sized and have a nice variety of shapes and surrounds.
If you’re playing the right tees, the front nine places the emphasis on accuracy from the tee box. On the back, that emphasis switches to power: you’ll be hitting driver on three of the four Par 4’s and there are a couple lengthy Par 3’s.
Overall, I found Coyote Run to be a fun course to play. If it were in my area, I would play there regularly.
Green fees at Coyote Run range from $25 to $40 with a cart costing an additional $10. Coyote Run is well designed and not terribly long, so the cart isn’t necessary if you enjoy walking.
I think Coyote Run is priced perfectly and represents a solid Value. The course conditions are better than what you would expect at this price point. The layout is fun, and, at this price, it could definitely be your weekly home course.
Coyote Run is a fun course that’s in excellent condition and offers great value. The thing that struck me the most about it is that it is really part of the community. With the excellent practice facility and restaurant, there are lots of opportunities to spend time at Coyote Run off the course as well as on.