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[PHOTO ESSAY] Late night at Coyote Crossing

Chronicle reporters visit the Carol Stream Park District’s mini golf course for an evening of putt-putt and photography.
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Photo by Eric Deguzman
Golf clubs are lined up by size at the Carol Stream Park District’s Coyote Crossing.

The bright lights illuminate the putting greens as the sound of a roaring waterfall echoes through the property. A cheerful coyote grins as four Chronicle reporters make their way to the counter window. After paying the entry fee and selecting equipment, the group makes their way to the 18-hole course, and twilight settles over the area.

Coyote Crossing is a mini golf course located on the Carol Stream and West Chicago border, just off North Avenue, operated by the Carol Stream Park District, who granted permission for this story. Though nearly 20 years old, the course looks relatively new, and is open from May to mid-October each year. The park often offers twilight golf – in addition to themed nights – and the Chronicle joined in on the action toward the end of the season.

Photo by Eric Deguzman

At 8 p.m. on a Saturday night, the course was quiet, and filled with families who had just finished baseball games at the adjoining park. The Coyote Crossing staff was pleasant, and provided a good deal of information about what it is like working at the mini golf course.

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When ready to partake in some golf, visitors have the option of a variety of different golf balls to play with. Each ball is shaped the same size, but Coyote Crossing offers 12 different colors guests can pick from, ranging from red to purple, and black to white. 

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After picking a ball and club, guests walk past small fountains bubbling with bright blue water: a series of bridges allows visitors to cross the waterways with ease. In the fall, the entire area is lined with a mix of green and orange trees. 

 

 

Photo by Eric Deguzman

Players square off on the green, trying to sink the ball in the hole. Several of the holes contain bumps in the green, winding curves, and obstacles. 

Photo by Eric Deguzman

At night, the obstacles can make it hard to see a ball and its distance to the hole; choosing the right color ball can make a major difference.

 

 

Photo by Eric Deguzman

Even at night, the brilliant blue color of the water is evident. According to staff member Trevor Z., the color “makes it look more appealing.”

Although he was not completely certain what was added to the water to bring out its bright coloring, he speculated, “They probably just use chemicals to kill pesticides.”

Photo by Eric Deguzman

A large fountain sits next to one of the holes, providing a dramatic effect. At night, it can be difficult to capture the streaming water, but the fountain is situated in hollow rocks, some of which contain speakers for the music that is piped in.

Photo by Eric Deguzman

The course takes 45-60 minutes to complete, depending on the number of players and lighting conditions.

Photo by Eric Deguzman

When visitors complete their evening of mini golf, there are two other games, bags (corn hole) and a ladder toss, they can play if as well. According to Trevor Z., both are popular options for birthday parties, in particular.

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After the games, guests can decide to sit by the campfire for a little while: a great spot to sit with friends or family and ponder life, especially on a summer or autumn evening.

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Normally, one’s evening of mini golf would end there: however, reporters are curious, and often want to know more about a given spot or event. While heading toward the exit after a game of golf, Chronicle staff noticed the entrance to the basement. Staff member Trevor Z. was willing to bring reporters down to the basement – an area few guests are allowed to see.

Photo by Eric Deguzman

Behind-the-scenes, the basement is a storage area, and houses the HVAC and water equipment. 

Photo by Eric Deguzman

Back up top, the exit awaits: until next season.

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Eric Deguzman, Reporter
Eric Deguzman is a senior who likes to hang out with friends and family. Eric also used to play baseball for the school, but stopped because he was busy all the time. In Eric’s free time, he likes fishing with his dad and learning piano from his mom. He also enjoys watching TV shows with his younger sister and catching the latest sports games. His favorite sports teams are the Celtics, White Sox, and Bears. Aside from all that, Eric wants to be successful and influence people so he can feel like he lived life with a purpose. He plans to go to College of DuPage for two years, and then a university after.
Aidan Ostapa, Reporter
Aidan Ostapa is someone who enjoys spending his time watching basketball and sometimes playing golf. As a result, Aidan has developed a baller personality through his athletic experience. He is not just about sports, though: Aidan also enjoys some leisure writing time in English class when it comes to analyzing books and putting his thoughts into paper. Whenever he is not moving around, he jams out with his dog while listening to Quadeca. Aidan’s dedication to Quadeca is unmatched, followed only by his future prospects as a Wildcat Chronicle reporter.   
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