The Chase at PGA Golf Club

The Chase at PGA Golf Club, October 2008
Lonna Tucker/PGA Golf Club Coyote Springs
The stark desert beauty at Coyote Springs is almost otherworldly.

The Chase at PGA Golf Club
Coyote Springs, Nev.
7,471 yards, par 72
Reservations: 877-742-8455
$120-$200
coyotesprings.com

"This must be the nowhere that people say they're 500 miles from," said Bob Hope in The Road to Zanzibar. You might find yourself saying exactly the same about The Chase at PGA Golf Club Coyote Springs, which sits alone in the starkly beautiful desert roughly 50 miles north of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Chase is a part of PGA Village, a development that is intended to be a western version of the original Port St. Lucie spread. There are plans for up to 15 golf courses and some 159,000 homes, but for now the only draw is a terrific Jack Nicklaus track that opened in April. Wind is a constant factor in this part of the country, so Nicklaus provided ample landing areas, but he also peppered the firm fairways with dozens of well-placed, tattered-edge bunkers that help to keep the big hitters honest. Lakes and waterfalls are in play on a dozen holes, but your key to scoring at Coyote Springs will be your putter. The internal green contouring is some of the most intricate of Jack's career.

Forecaddies are required to accompany all groups on their desert odyssey, and this should help keep you out of nearby Area 51, the government's infamous off-limits zone.

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