I aced #18 at Low Gap with a Champ Rhyno, skipped in off the road in front. That's 3 this week..ridiculous how they always come in waves. Hopefully this wave lasts long. A guy named Dallas just happened to be out throwing bombs and see it, so I got him to sign the disc, good timing Dallas.
Nor-Cal has been hugely disappointing so far, countless holes with no real fairway or options..just toss aimlessly at walls of low trees and hope for the best. There is a severe lack of wooded holes that have well thought out fairways that actually reward the proper throws. Occasionally if you do get one through, the rocks/slopes/roots etc make sure it doesn't stay near the basket. I've never seen so many holes with no 'fairway' that's really doable, forcing a shot over a line of trees like a tomahawk. Poison oak is pretty bad on a few courses..and the reactions on my leg and knee are getting to be more than bothersome. It's been well over 100 for the past few days, up to 108. Hardly even fun to just stand outside, let alone walk uphill carrying a load. I prefer frostbite at least you feel alive. Traffic coming into Sacramento was just insane, the state fair might force me to change route/courses. I haven't seen more than 10+ people out playing in the past 2 days, I wonder why. Based on descriptions, I think tomorrow will be better though.
Willits, CA- KOA:
Part of a KOA campground, pay 4$ fee at office and get map. Well marked, signs in trees near baskets too. Major elevation changes, rising about 200'? feet from bottom to top. Mostly open with some trees and some woods holes. Short, hardly any need for a driver. One hole throws across a long pond, cows behind the basket. Poison oak is somewhat in play..bad on just 2 holes. Surprisingly tricky, one uphill hole is steep and shaped like an 's', really hard to pull off. Views of mountains. Cement tees. More fun than most other courses around here.
Ukiah, CA- Lake Mendocino Overlook Day Use Area:
More of the same. Cement tees, holes are numbered, easy to navigate..but have to walk up a few times. A few holes have no chest-high fairway, making you go up and over to have any shot at halfway to the pin. Short. Some baskets placed on hills w/ rocky dirt ground making it hard for even a great shot to just stay..under..the..basket. Several holes are purely a joke, laughable design. One gives you the option of pitching 90' forward to a blind gap, then throwing a 200' uphill shot into trees. Or, throw a straight drive over the top of tall trees and fall off left, hoping to hit the right trees and plink down near the basket. One basket so surrounded by poison oak you can't land in the circle and not get it. Rocky ground and tight holes are rough on your discs. Disappointing, could be re-designed and worked on to make it decent.
Ukiah, CA- Low Gap:
Begins kind of nice..with the first 3 holes being good. Then it gets more like Nor-Cal. The 4th hole has 3-5' tall bushes right off the front of the tee, making you throw nose-up into the woods, where you can't see the trees that guard the pin. #9 is one of the silliest holes I have EVER seen, and I will try to upload a video showing it if I can. Give you the option to throw a sharp RHBH spike hyzer over and back down into trees blindly, again hoping to hit the right ones to go near the basket. If you don't want to do that, take the other fairway, which curves sharply to the right downhill, but is less than 10' wide and begins with a 45 degree turn to the right about 50' up from the tee, shaping a line so akward I can't imagine making it, and you can't see where the trees are or where the fairway curves from the tee. I figured that was as bad as it could get, but was wrong. Another hole's basket is perched on a hill, steep slope behind it. Throwing out of woods, with two routes but neither having any realistic chance of being hit even by a good player. If you do happen to hit the line, stopping at the pin and not rolling or skipping like mad would be a miracle. Another hole throws steep downhill to the left, basket on steep rocky slope with OB behind it, no place at all to land cleanly, you just throw down and hope it doesn't pick up and roll, most will but you can't play it smart or safe. Cement tees, though too high off the ground and some severely slanted. Well marked easy to follow. For 1st tee..walk down path to right from lot and across bridge, uphill (added that info. to directory).