5801 Augusta Boulevard, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906
IF YOU HAD TO SUM UP COYOTE CROSSING IN THREE WORDS, WHAT WORDS WOULD YOU USE?
Entertaining. Memorable. Experience.
COYOTE CROSSING IS THE PREFERRED COURSE IN THE AREA TO SOME; EVEN NEXT TO THE TWO PETE DYE COURSES. WHAT IS IT ABOUT COYOTE CROSSING THAT MAKES IT SUCH A FUN COURSE TO PLAY?
The traditional parkland style design of the course with the winding creeks and bridge crossings give it a unique character that appeals to a lot of players. The course is not longest yardage on the scorecard, but some of the forced carries from the back tees, especially Hole #18, is all you could ask for in challenging your game. We have improved some horticultural practices and reconfigured the quadrants for hole locations which has improved the variety and challenge for those that get to play the course on a regular basis.
WHAT IS THE SECRET TO SCORING LOW AT COYOTE CROSSING? DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR GOLFERS?
Manage each hole on the course by planning your attack from the green back to the tee. Driver is not always the best play, especially on some of the shorter par 4s. Example being the starting Hole #1, if it’s down wind go ahead and hit driver up near the green for a short pitch shot to get up ∧down. Otherwise choose to tee off with a club that will leave you with a full ~100 wedge shot into the green.
IF YOU HAD TO PICK A FAVORITE HOLE TO PLAY, WHICH ONE WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
The finishing hole on the front 9 is my favorite hole to play. It is a par 5 that begins up on the hill above the valley and leads you across the creek and back to the clubhouse. A straight drive favoring the left side of the fairway will give you a reasonable chance to go at the green in two. Otherwise a short or errant tee shot will leave you with a difficult layup over the creek, under the large Sycamore on the right side, and short of the pond on the left. Closing out your front 9 with players relaxing on the clubhouse verandah above is a unique experience. Sink that long putt and you’re sure to hear some cheers no matter if its’ for eagle or double bogey.
WHAT IS THE SIGNATURE OR MOST TALKED ABOUT HOLE ON THE GOLF COURSE?
Hole #8 is a shorter par 3 with a creek running all the way across the front of the green. The green is large enough that you could hit a club more or less depending on the hole location that day, and the wind seems to swirl a bit more on this hole being that it’s down in the valley among the trees. There is a stone bridge on the left side of the hole that somewhat resembles the style of the famous Hogan Bridge on Augusta National’s Amen Corner. There is also a standing hole-in-one challenge on Hole #8 that players can opt into when they check-in for their round. There is a camera behind Hole #8 with a live feed back to the clubhouse so players that are enjoying refreshments after their round can watch other players take their chance at making an ace.
WHO HOLDS THE COURSE RECORD? WHAT WAS THEIR SCORE?
Good question, and honestly I would not be surprised if this was broken in the near future, but to the best of my knowledge the record was set in 2006 when Travis Smith from Terre Haute South posted a 66 in the Jeff High School Invitational.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF IN WHAT YOU HAVE DONE THUS FAR AT COYOTE CROSSING?
One of the first things we did in early 2017 was change the name from ‘Golf Course’ to ‘Golf Club’ with the goal of creating a more member & player friendly atmosphere. With this goal in mind we have established club tournaments, leagues, junior programs, and a more social environment in the clubhouse. These subtle changes to our operation have proven to be effective as rounds have increased over the past two years and our membership has grown. Players really seem to enjoy their time at Coyote Crossing Golf Club.