Coyote Springs, Nevada (Public)
Situated fifty barren miles north of Las Vegas, the Chase at Coyote Springs supplies what we’d expect from the House of Nicklaus: lakes, waterfalls and artful desert buffer zones, plus a seamless blend of muscular brutes and risk-reward teasers. However, Nicklaus also tosses in the unexpected. His tattered-edge bunkers, dearth of forced carries and wonderfully intricate contours within and around the greens call to mind Tom Doak’s influence on their 2006 collaboration at Sebonack in New York. The funky green surrounds—rarely seen above the Nicklaus signature but one of Doak’s favorite design gambits—offer a tremendous variety of chipping options. Elsewhere the Nicklaus imprint is clear. Hilly terrain and ever-present desert breezes careering through the mountains that ring the course place a premium on shotmaking. Meanwhile, landing areas are wide enough to allow the jumbo-headed crowd their due. The ninth and eighteenth holes are a pair of watery, brawny par fours best approached with soaring long irons—à la Jack in his prime. Though it’s only one mountain range away from the U.S. government’s forbidden Area 51, there’s nothing top secret about why the Chase succeeds: This is a terrific design, from an ever-evolving Jack Nicklaus.