Fatherís Day Trip #10: The Road to Cecilville
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Pros: After striking out with Happy Camp's disc golf course we headed south on the 96 to the junction with Salmon River Rd which becomes Cecilville Rd. in a few miles. I have never heard of Cecilville before this disc golf course was put in, which is funny because I have driven highway 96 from Willow Creek to Happy Camp many times before and just had never seen this road apparently. Of course, there really is nothing to Cecilville, it is basically this disc golf course, the saloon, and the gas station, all located on the same property, that's it. The road itself is quite the little adventure coming in. It is a narrow two lane road that often feels like a one lane that winds its way over the river canyon for miles at a time with a steep drop below. The real trick is oncoming traffic on these roads and trying to get around each other. We actually got to experience both of the roads to Cecilville as we came in from the east and left to the west. Cecilville is located about halfway beteen Willow Creek and Weed on this narrow little road about a two hour drive from each, making this a very remote location. The road on the east side of Cecilville is definitely an improvement as it two lane all the way to Weed, just narrow and winding. Anyway, that's enough about the crazy road to get you to Cecilville. The course was clearly marked after 2 hours of driving and we pulled up to the saloon steps, and went in. The saloon sells drinks and discs, what more can you ask for. We were told that they had plans for food too. We payed, were given a map and scorecard and were on our way. As we came out a herd of wild horses was crossing the road into the grass area where the first couple of holes are at. The first hole was located behind the gas station so we kind of walked around the horses and got to the first tee, only to have a wild horse staring me down about 10 feet off the tee. I've played a lot of courses and encountered a lot of critters, from rattlers, bears, deer, elk, and cougars, to an alligator in Florida, and cows a plenty, to a turtle earlier on this trip, but I think this is my first showdown with a wild stallion. He took his sweet time grazing before he finally cleared the area so we could throw. The tees are all concrete and more than ample although I noticed a big crack across one. The baskets were all brand new DGA Mach X's. Signage was simply small rocks with the hole number on them and the course logo. The first three holes are set in kind of a campground area with a pastoral setting, hence the horses. Unfortunately with big horses comes big piles of pooh, and there was more than their fair share out here on these first couple of holes. Luckily you only stay up here for the first three holes, holes 4 and 5 have you teeing off and playing alongside Crawford Creek, making for lovely little water hazard holes. Hole 6 is an open par 4 throwing back across the meadow at 505'. Hole 7 is a little wrap around hyzer along the tree line, and holes 8 and 9 play across and down a little wooded hill area back to almost hole 1s basket. The back 9 are a little bit of a walk or in our case a drive, about a Ĺ mile down Cecilville Rd. and across the bridge on the other side of the road. They make a big loop out and about a large meadow framed by the road on one side and the Salmon River on the other. Most of the first couple holes were large hyzers for RHBH in the open and felt a little repetitive although the baskets were tucked into trees and bushes for some obstacle. Hole 13 played all the way down to the river bank with the basket sitting a few feet from the river. The last holes played along the wooded riparian area alongside the river, and were quite enjoyable. One of the last couple holes had a big bench swing where you could sit and enjoy the views.
Cons: The biggest con will probably be the remoteness of the course, although as others have mentioned that is also a pro. If visiting you probably should plan on camping and overnight accommodations, although the course is doable as a day trip from Redding or Eureka, just plan on a long day, especially with the drive on the crazy roads. As for the course itself I don't see any real glaring cons. Signage can be improved, but since they give you a map and scorecard with distances when you pay, really a minor quibble.
Other Thoughts: This is an incredible and beautiful area for a disc golf course, and it seems like the owners are attempting to do the course right. Although elevation is used often for shots this is not an extremely strenuous course, and the course plays very relaxing and mellow. There is a good mix of ace runs along with long bombers. The course is very beginner and intermediate friendly, but also challenging enough for even the most seasoned player. The river and scenery are of course the big tourist draw for the area, this course just adds one more layer to the mix.
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Pros: - Nice concrete tees on every tee box. Some of them are not huge, but they are on holes that don't require a run up.
- Brand new Mach X baskets on all 18 holes.
- Great mixture of hole distances, from short enough that anyone has the chance of ace-ing it (hole 17 at 135', a great CTP hole), to 3 par 4's.
- Nicely mixed between wide open, to tightly wooded.
- The hills there are used well to provide some fun holes, both uphill and downhill.
- Hole 4 plays along a beautiful creek, providing both a beautiful hole and a challenging one as well.
- The Salmon River runs along next to the last few holes of the back half.
- Awesome owners as well as locals.
- This course is in the middle of nowhere. Like no cell phone, no internet, driving for hours to get there type of nowhere. Some people may see this as a con, but I see it as a pro. I don't go on disc golf vacations to be in contact with the rest of the world.
- They water the front half of the course with sprinklers so it is nice and green
- Wildlife everywhere! From wild horses that you might wake up to outside of your tent to deer so tame you could walk right up to them. We saw salmon in the river, I also found a baby lamprey in the sand, and saw a rattlesnake swim across the river. There were butterflies swarming around in places and huge birds flying overhead.
- They built a bar in between the front and back 9 holes, which is quite necessary for finding some cool refreshment on a hot day in the hills.
- Benches on most if not all holes, including one that is a beautiful stone bench on hole 10
- There are stone pathways built along holes by the locals that would take most courses years to build, they did it in months.
- Camping onsite, with cabins that are going to be available to rent out as well.
- Signs right when you get into town that say disc golf above "food lodging gas"
- Brand new gas station onsite. I think it was so new when I was there, that they hadn't even gotten their first truck of gas.
Cons: - Most of the holes favor righties. There are a few holes that are lefty favorable, but on a lot you need a righty backhand or a lefty sidearm.
- The road out there is a one lane two way road with cliffs going up on one side and down on the other for part of it. There are also a lot of rocks along the road, so take your time and watch what you are doing.
- It's also a long drive from anywhere, so don't expect it to be a day trip. Though this isn't really much of a con.
- No permanent tee signs... yet
- A slight walk along the road between holes 9 and 10.
- The course isn't extremely challenging, but as Monkey put it to me, he built the course so the locals had somewhere to play and most of the locals are beginners.
Other Thoughts: Hard to believe that this course was a "dump" of sorts just a few short years ago. Monkey and his wife Allegra, as well as all of the locals out there, have done an awesome job of clearing out the junk and tuning this place into a disc golf destination. The course itself was built in only a few short months including concrete tees, Mach X baskets, and crazy rock paths that would take most courses years to build. They also built the bar in that time, and let me say, it is awesome. If you are making a trip out there stay a night, camp there onsite, and make sure to have some drinks at the bar to help support the awesome owners. I think they were also going to have discs for sale in the bar. The course itself isn't super challenging, but it wasn't intended to be, it was intended to get more of the locals into playing disc golf. The course itself is beautiful. The front half is moderately wooded and grassy; it almost looks like a park. The back half looks like it was once a farm, but it's a little more dry and open. The last 4 or 5 holes also play along the Salmon River, with opportunities to duck off the course and take a dip in the river. Many of the holes are birdie opportunities for better players, but nothing is too much of a gimme. Hole 17 is the shortest hole on the course at 135', but it shoots from one mound to another and if you overshot it, you could very easily end up getting a 3 or more. There were also 3 par 4's on the course which helped keep it from feeling too short. There was more wildlife on the course than any other course I think I've ever played. I woke up one morning to wild horses all around my bed. There were eagles, deer, fish, snakes, rabbits, foxes, I even saw my first lamprey. It's an amazingly quiet course, even with the "main road" running right through the middle of it. You don't have to listen to any city noise while you are out here. No cell phones, no honking, none of that junk.
I personally can't wait for my next trip out there.
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Majestic New Course
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Pros: Amazing beautiful challenging course just put in with new DGA MACH x baskets, Professional concrete tee pads nestled in the trinity alps Siskiyou mountains Right along the Salmon River- lots of birdie holes and some long bomb par 4 holes beautiful Rock path ways incredibly scenic quiet - brand new saloon that hole nine drops into so one can refresh with a coldy then head off to the back nine along the river
Cons: Its a Drive be prepared to spend the day
Other Thoughts: The Legendary Course Designer Tom Schot Designed this course, its layout is awsome
oh and the wild horses are in Play
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