New owners look to maintain, improve Cottonwood golf course

Owner Bob Baranek left, and course superintendent Mike Tykwinski pose for a photo at Coyte Trails golf course on Thursday. Baranek’s company bought the course in April and are looking to make some improvements. He had Tykwinski has kept the course in great shape. VVN photo by Derek Evans.

Owner Bob Baranek left, and course superintendent Mike Tykwinski pose for a photo at Coyte Trails golf course on Thursday. Baranek’s company bought the course in April and are looking to make some improvements. He had Tykwinski has kept the course in great shape. VVN photo by Derek Evans.

COTTONWOOD -- Last month, Coyote Trails Golf Course was sold to a new group. The course was previous owned by Roles Inc.

The new group is looking to bring some improvements to the course.

The course is now owned by Bob Baranek and Paul Reichert of On the Greens, a company based in San Diego, California.

"We're trying to bring the course up," Baranek said. "I think Mike's (Tykwinski) done a terrific job of keeping the greens up and all of that. There were some things when we purchased it that weren't being paid attention to. We had golf carts that were breaking down. We have brand new golf carts now. We're also looking to some improvements to our pro shop. We're trying to make it a better experience for the golfer coming out to the course."

Baranek said overall the course is already in good shape.

"I think the bones of the course are really good," he said. "It plays well. The people that come out here, people who really know the game have commented on even though it's a nine-hole course, it's really challenging. You also get down into the course and it's really pretty. There's wildlife down there."

Although the company is based in San Diego, they have visited the course four times since it was bought in April.

"We have someone out from our group almost on a weekly basis," Baranek said. "I think one of the challenges and one of the things we're really trying to accomplish is reach out to the local business, local companies. One of the things the previous owner wasn't doing a lot of was actually letting people know the course even existed. We talked to some local city officials, they didn't realize it was a public course," he said.

He added he felted that was important.

" We let them know it was. We're applying for our liquor license so we're just trying to be down in our community. Also kind of enhance the golfer's experience. Get some food up here, get some drinks up here. They can stay and have a drink and talk about how their game went with friends, also work with the community."

Coyote trails golf course has been open since 1996. The course was designed by Jeff Hardin, who has also worked on several courses in the Phoenix area.

"I think the biggest message is we want people to know it's a public golf course," Reichert said. "It's always been assumed that it's just a private course. I think a real golfer will be pleasantly surprised when they go to the course and see the quality of the course and how it's maintained."

One golfer who has enjoyed the course is Les Funderburg, a resident of Whittier, California.

"We come out here about four or five times a year," Funderburg said.

Funderburg said there are a few things he especially likes about the course.

"The course itself, I think, is in fantastic shape," he said. "The greens are good, very quick. The course is a very narrow course. It's very tough for a little short course. I started playing it because it makes you hit the ball straight. I've been playing it now for between eight and 10 years. I really enjoy it. I like the people that run it. I would highly recommend the place for anyone to give it a shot."

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