Pay no attention to the tree behind the curtain
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a beautiful redwood forest. Redwoods of all sizes come into play throughout the course, making this a pretty unique place to throw. Huge stumps and logs make great obstacles, and the tee on top of a stump is a fun touch. Though there isn't much brush, this course plays surprisingly punishing with plenty of large trees that really block your line to the basket from off the fairway.
Elevation comes into play on a lot of the holes. There aren't any huge elevation changes, but lots of tricky uphills and fun downhills. There are several tricky pin positions that bring rollaways into play, and some interesting side hill shots where you have to be careful how you land your drive. The course is short, but the variety of lines keeps it interesting throughout. You really need to know how to shape mid and putter lines to score well here, and the balance of left and right turning fairways is pretty nice.
Cons: The course does play really short, there aren't any chances to open up and throw a longer drive and it doesn't make you pull out your distance drivers. There are some safety issues, especially on the back 9 with holes playing right on top of other tees and fairways. It's too easy to throw onto another hole here.
The tees are pretty beat up, and in many places that means sensitive redwood roots are being trampled every time someone tees off. Navigation is terrible even with a map. The tee signs are really nice, but often hard to see and the walks between holes aren't at all obvious. The walk to find 11 is pretty impossible to figure out without local help, and several other spots are nearly as difficult. I strongly recommend finding a guide rather than trying to figure this one out yourself.
Other Thoughts: There are a lot of really fun shots here, I would love to have this as my home course. It's going to be tough for beginners, but not impossible. The lengths are reasonable and lost discs aren't really a problem here. Experienced players will be pushed to develop a really strong midrange game by playing here, but it won't test any distance skills. I highly recommend a stop here if you are in the area.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Playing The Redwood Curtain Course Without A Guide Is Frustrating!
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Inviting start with kiosk and lots of notes of players asking for their lost discs returned. Handwritten note at # 1 tee pad warning of Hornet's nest. I'm already a little worried. Gorgeous redwood forest mountain terrain.
The course has these new but little wooden signs. They're cure but hard to spot. I'm sure they're made to blend in to the forest. They did so well that I couldn't find a few.
Course keeps you climbing through first six holes before heading back down.
Many epic/memorable throws holes such as the # 2 throwing from atop a 10 foot high Redwood stump.
# 15 was awesome. It's a 242' downhill thread the needle shot to a basket guarded by six smaller Redwoods. It's like being a 6 foot white guy driving the lane and finding Kareem Abdul Jabbar, David Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal, Wilt Chamberlin, Labron James and Dwight Howard all waiting to swat your shot!
# 17 was a wonderful little 211' open ACE run to a basket sitting on an open landing with major trouble behind.
And then # 18 was a really memorable finishing hole, 304'/325', downhill through a tight tunnel through the trees to a basket sitting on a little grassy landing area.
Cons: Need a local for a guide everyone says. After hunting around for the # 2 tee box ( I looked everywhere but 10 feet straight up on a giant stump) a guy comes playing up behind me. Wonderful, thinks I. A local to guide me or perhaps to follow. Nope, this guy is playing speed disc golf with his dog. One disc, throw and run. He barely takes time to point me to the next tee and then he disappears into the forest like a gnome or something. So much for my local guide. The only people I met thereafter were more lost than me. I was giving them directions!
How about something on the baskets helping with the next tee? Either a simple little sign w/arrow hanging from the bottom of the basket or maybe painting the rung that is pointing to the next tee pad.
As beautiful as this course is, my experience was definitely soured by the frustration of trying to navigate it without a guide. I missed the # 11 throw over the little pond as I never quite found the tee pad.
Other Thoughts: The front nine isn't long or overly memorable but the back nine has some super downhills and # 11 is supposedly a fun little throw over the gross, green pond.
But this is a beautiful Redwood's forest and with just a little more help navigating, I would have left with a much more positive vibe.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Putting baskets in for the last six tone poles was a great improvement. This course is beautiful in the redwood forest adjacent to the Arcata community forest. The holes here are typically shorter and technical so accuracy is the key to score well here. Multiple pin locations for many of the baskets provides some longer locations and a good change in difficulty. Tees have been improved some. The course plays on a hillside so the greens in some areas are fast and punishing. Locals are friendly and willing to show people around which is needed on your first time through. In the summer when school is not in the course is generally empty because many people around here enjoy playing the other less challenging courses.
Cons: No bathrooms
Fairways cross on some holes proving to be a hazard
Tough to find your way through the back without a guide the first few times.
Some holes are so technical it almost feels a little "poke and pray"
Will be muddy for much of the year.
Tees although improved, are not great and probably will never be concrete.
Other Thoughts: This course is unlike any course I have played. It is lots of fun and is worth playing if you are in the area. It offers a significantly tougher challenge than the other courses in the immediate Arcata area. Even though it is tough and technical you can score well there if you learn the course.
Over all it is a unique experience that should be checked out if you happen to be in the area.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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