Coyote Preserve Michigan – A Steal of a Deal!
By Dave Finn
It has been well documented that the economy in parts of Michigan has been weakened by the downturn in the North American auto industry. And Flint, home of the Buick, is no exception. But, for us out-of-state golfers, it means that great golf can be had at a fraction of the price of what we would pay back home.
One of them is Coyote Preserve. What a gem! It’s an Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course that has been rated one of the “top 10 public golf courses in Michigan” by a leading US golf magazine. And, it’s no wonder! My first thought was how pristine this course was and how scenic the holes were. The greens were large and undulating but rolled very true.
For only $30.00 USD including cart (because we are older and wiser, and played after 2:00 pm on a weekday), we were treated to one of the most scenic and picturesque “Up North Feel” (as they like to say) courses that we have ever played. This challenging layout offers plenty of elevation changes, with water on all but four holes and greens that roll beautifully. So bring out your “A” game because, from the blue tees, this course measures only 6,580 yards (black is 6,912) but has a slope of 132 and a course rating of 73.3.
Fortunately, Palmer was given an ideal 400-acre piece of property to work with, and he used it to his advantage and kept a lot of area untouched to retain its natural beauty. This course feels like you are playing in Northern Michigan or Northern Ontario, but you are just off US 23, only minutes south of Flint.
I’m not sure what impressed me the most—the scenery (including two herons), the challenge, the condition of the course or the price—but Coyote Preserve is definitely on my “have to play list.”To read more about golf near Flint Michigan visit Dave’s Golf Travel and Leisure website.
Coyote Preserve is a must play in the Metro Detroit area. You get a great piece of land with thoughtful Arnold Palmer architecture. I’ve never played a Palmer course I didn’t like and Coyote is no exception, very secluded with awesome elevation change and a mixture of fun gettable holes and challenging ones with some great looking par 3’s. I’m sure this was once a private gem that fell on tough times but it’s well worth the drive to play such a beautiful course with an up north feel.
To be honest I was actually surprised that this course was on the list while others like Harbor Shores and The Tribute were missed. This is still a solid course with challenges and decent views but it's missing any of the attributes that I would consider are worthy of a top golf course: immaculate condition, very fast greens, beautiful picturesque views and great hole variety. While it doesn't terribly lag in any of these areas it doesn't excel either therefore I believe it's a solid course but it's not enough to make it stand out.
The Preserve is one of the best public courses in the area. It enjoys an expansive setting with views that are similar to what you would experience in northern michigan. The course has some really strong holes, notable holes 1-3, 10-12, and 17&18. With that being said, a couple of holes are a bit too penal. This is especially true for holes 5 & 16. The course maintenance is excellent and it drains better than most of the other local courses. It is a really enjoyable course to play.