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Birds of Paradise=EPIC
Land is perfect for disc golf! As if the disc golf gods forged every hill and every rock, every crevice, nook and cranny.
27 great holes! No fillers! 1 par 5 and 2 par 4s. (Caleb mentioned he might add some more holes as well)
Tee shots that take your breath away, beautiful landscapes and challenging pin locations.
Truly unique holes, quite a few signature holes as well, but THE signature hole has to be 'the cliff shot.'
Tons of elevation changes. Just about every hole has significant elevation changes, Uphill/downhill
Extremely balanced course. Plenty of straight, left and right. Tight windows, even tighter windows, long bomber holes to air it out completely.
Great Risk vs. Reward. I cannot stress this quality enough! The contours of the land as well, some wind and some tricky pin placements make for some heart in your throat golf! Watch out for the roll away!
Very challenging course. I take that back, this course is hard! And interesting, did not become repetitive at any point even after 5 rounds during the weekend.
Highest fun factor I have experienced from a course. I never would have thought I'd say that after playing in the very fun San Francisco Safari Tournament two weeks earlier.
So many Standout holes-(I can't remember all the hole numbers)
'The cliff shot' - Shooting down to pin, elevation change is the most extreme I have ever seen. Bigger downhill drop than Delaveaga's top of the world, and a longer shot as well . As Caleb told me, aim low and toss your Buzzz.
#5 - tee off basket is about 350ft? to the right, almost level with tee pad. Huge drop off to the left and a branch sticking out in front of the tee pad a little bit, just enough to scare you. a shot that fades left might be lost, or at least will take some time to find.
'The big rock shot' - uphill shot, basket is a few feet directly behind a big boulder, with a tree on the right side of the rock. You can shoot to either side of the rock as well.
'the big par 5' - Downhill shot, Across the field and up the hill. Then throw left of the big white tee pee about 350 ft with tough tight lines to the basket. To score a 3 on this hole seems impossible, but with the perfect storm of circumstances, I guess it could be done. Most people should be happy with par.
'The little dinker after the par five' - a very tight 200 ft-ish hole with many lines for lefty or righty, many types of throws can work, but you have to hit your gap. Don't kick off a tree to the right!
'The small cliff to small cliff shot' - a short hole, 250 ft-ish, with lots of danger. Trees on the right and elevation dropoff below and left.
'The pond shot' - teepad between two trees with a low ceiling, over a muddy little pond and straight out 250ish feet. tough shot. Do you lay it up and make par or do you go for it over the pond for the deuce.
#27 - Uphill shot with with one big tree as obsticle, basket behind and left or tree. Not only is this a fun and challenging hole, but there is another great view from the teepad.
Humboldt style natural tees. Just flatten it out a little bit and get yourself some sure footing.
No tee signs, but that helps keep it private, and Caleb will tell you where it's at or where to aim for.
Way out there, driving on back roads (this could be a pro also-completely secluded)
A couple spots could have used a little more mowing, but with such a huge property, it's completely understandable that not everything is mowed. Just stay on the fairways!
Stickers all over to get in your socks and distract you from your game, so bring gaiters.
Poison Oak off the fairways (this is Humboldt)
Other Thoughts: Where to begin? First and foremost, I must say that Caleb is a very gracious host and he designed an unforgettable course. He also planned and operated a very fun tournament, Birds of Paradise- Matchplay Championship.
I felt quite privileged to play this course as I had only heard good things about this private course. I hear Dave Feldberg really wants to play it. This course lives up the hype.
So how do I justify giving a 5 star rating to a course with natural tee pads and no tee signs? I wrestled with this question myself, and it comes down to the quality of the golf. Because this course has it all! So many different shots and so much fun! Truely Epic Course, and if you EVER EVER get a chance to play it, DO NOT MISS IT!
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Top Notch Course
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Pros: - EPIC! This course is nothing short of epic.
- All Baskets 27 holes. (possibly changing to 36 or more)
- Huge Elevation change on some holes, more than I've ever seen on a course.
-Every hole feels really different from the one before it, no holes are throw away holes.
- Great Scenery, on top of a mountain in So-Hum with excellent views. Everywhere you look looks like it could be a painting. It's magic this place is so beautiful that even if you are shooting like garbage, you just have to look out off the ridge and see an inspiring view and all of a sudden you have forgotten about all your bad shots.
- Big holes to really test out how far you can rip it, as well as shorter more technical holes.
- A good variety of holes that will force you to throw left, right, up big hills and down even bigger ones.
- Deer antlers that the owner found around his property top many of the baskets, making them not only easier to see, but also look cool.
- Multiple tees on every hole are different enough to make it feel like a new hole.
- New holes, tees, pin positions etc. being created all the time, when I was out there I helped Caleb design 2 new holes one with two different pin positions that would make it an entirely different hole.
- Every hole has at least a little elevation change on it.
- Multiple huge par 4 holes, as well as a huge par 5. All of which will challenge your game, and not give up easy birdies.
- Water hazards on multiple holes
- Well mowed for how huge of a property it is
Cons: - Private course. It can be a bit hard to get a tee time out here, but when you do it is an epic experience
- Dirt tee pads
- No signs, but you shouldn't be out here without a guide, so this shouldn't make too big of a difference
- Poison Oak on some holes, though we took a lot of it back before our last big tourney out there.
- Not a good course for beginners or people that have a hard time walking up and down hills.
Other Thoughts: This course is what all other courses wish they could be. There is epic scenery in every direction. You're on top of a mountain in Southern Humboldt County with views that can't be beat. You play between mixtures of rolling open meadows and tightly wooded hills. This course has lots of elevation change and is not intended for people who have a hard time with a big hike. But if you are in shape to handle this course you're in for the experience of your life. The land feels like it was made for disc golf. Every hole challenges your game in a different way, making you have to work with your full bag of tricks to pull off a good score out here. There are creeks that run through the property during the spring and a couple ponds.
The drive in can be a little dangerous as some of the locals will fly along that road, and it's pretty narrow. So take your time and drive slow and safe.
This is a private course and you need to contact Caleb before you try to go out there and play. It can be a bit hard to get a tee time out here, but when you do it is an epic experience. The owner is a really cool guy that loves to have people out to play his course, if you're going to be traveling through SoHum give him a call or shoot him a line on here he goes by "Birds".
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