Golf: Hole of the Week: Coyote Run No. 7
August 22, 2013 9:28PM
The approach shot over water to the green on No. 7 at Coyote Run. | Supplied photo
Updated: September 24, 2013 6:19AM
Location: 800 Kedzie Ave.,
Flossmoor; (708) 957-8700
Blue Tees: 390 yards
White Tees: 373
Yellow Tees: 336
Gold Tees: 255
Ladies Handicap: 1
The Layout: The dogleg left par-4 features three separate water hazards. The first is off the tee while the second and third await around the front and right side of the green. The fairway is spacious enough off the tee with more space in front of the green allowing the golfer to lay up for a closer shot. It’s a fairly wide-open hole, with a few trees beyond the green, with one bunker lying in wait behind the green.
How about some strategy?
“From the tee box, you are going to see water to your left. You are going to want to play it to the right to the elevated fairway,” said Tom Denklau, Coyote Run head pro/manager. “There is potential for the water hazard right away. If you try left, you could hit into some tall fescue grass so angle (your shot) in a bit.”
How do you attack No. 7?
“I recommend a hybrid (club) off the tee, where you can lay back about 180 yards into the green,” Denklau said. “With your second shot, you want to hit left into the green where you have got some room to miss. That way, you can go up and down and get out. That second shot will need to be carried over the pond (on the right). If you hit right or short on your second shot, you are going to be wet.
“Most golfers hit a drive off the tee. You have just go to play target golf into the green. If you hit into water off the tee, you’ve got a long, wet way to go.”
What is the appeal of No. 7?
“No. 7 is our most challenging golf hole, and it is our No. 1-rated hole on the course,” Denklau said. “People walking off the hole, if you make a 4, you have got a good chance at a good round. It is our hardest handicap, so golfers are happy with a 4.
“The hole offers a change of pace. It has a pretty open look and feel to it. As you are getting up to holes No. 6, 7 and 8, the water definitely comes into play.”
As told Tim O’Brien
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