I played Bijou again, last and only other time was in 2006. Still my favorite course in this state..and it's only a few miles from the state line. Lake Tahoe is the best California disc golf destination, now with about 5 solid courses within a 90-mile radius around the lake. Truckee, Tahoe Vista, Zephyr Cove, South Lake Tahoe and Kirkwood. If you go out west, that's the place to stop. Gas up and sleep somewhere else or prepare to empty your wallet though, and summer only. A sandwich at Kirkwood is 8$, a 2-liter of Dew is 4.50$!, and there's nothing else within 30 miles so byofood there.
And not to forget thanks to Micheal Traver for the disc he left on my car in the hotel parking lot overnight the other night. I didn't even get to meet the guy, he must have just figured out why I was in town due to the 50+ stickers. Thanks for the killer '94 Nor-Cal stamp.
Also I met Craig Getty after the round at Tahoe Vista the other day. He put out a fire that started when a powerline arced behind him on the tee on #8, setting a nearby tree on fire. His group put it out before it spread and set the whole area on fire..so dry and hot.
*South Lake Tahoe, CA- Bijou:* Already Played. 27 holes, though I played 18 today. Mostly flat in a dusty, heavily pine tree forested area 1 mile from the lake. Features tight and partially open challenging holes, all fair and with room to spare off a bad drive. Nice rubber tees, tee signs show all needed info including which pin position is in use. 2 practice baskets. Scenic mountain views. It has every type of hole and is well balanced. At 6,300 ft it's hard to get a disc to turn over if not used to it.
Kirkwood, CA- Kirkwood Mountain Resort:The information in the printed 2008 directory is wrong about where the 1st tee is located, I will update that. Immense mountain side course, possibly has the most change in elevation from 1st tee to top of the course I've ever encountered..something like 4-500'. It's in a ski resort, with 2 distinctly different mountain ranges surrounding it, 2,000 ft higher than the top of the course. Some snow was still hidden in the shade on one peak at 9,800 ft. The course itself is at 7,500+ ft. Free to play, but the shop charges insane prices for food and drink and there's nothing else nearby. Nice rubber tees are well maintained and flat. Has signs, and maps available and necessary. #16 is 1,200 ft long and can be reached in 2 drives, beginning in a somewhat tight tunnel shooting to a gap then opens up and the basket is tucked into woods at the end. 1 basket cemented into a stump, one into a fallen tree on the side. Rocky, some boulders bigger than cars around pins. Many pine trees and bushes, some blind holes should be scouted out. It will wear you down and test your shots and physical abilities. Wear hiking boots, sunblock, bring lots of water.
Valley Springs, CA- New Hogan Dam:Horrible directions in the guide forced me to have to call the contact, who picked up and helped me find it, thank you. I will try to write some new directions. 4$ fee for park use. Has maps, signs, dirt tees but they're not that bad for dirt. On a large hilly field overlooking a reservoir that's in play on just hole #17. Many oak trees on the back, less on the front. Short, with only a few holes needing a driver. Lots of up and down elevation shots. Rocks, dead grass and dust. Good design, a few holes kind of require luck but the baskets are set up nicely, one behind a large rock with a shot at it under a low ceiling or around the trees. #17 is '700 ft' downhill with water behind, mostly open. It's really not 700', more like 450-500' and if you throw it was 700' you will get wet. My drive didn't even begin to hyzer out when it hit a tree pin high, so I paced it off and it's wrong. Fun. Drive to right in park to higher boat parking area.