You got some pretty sweet courses near you then... I'm a bit jealous. Honestly, I think Black Diamond has the potential to be a 4.5-5 star course with some additional work. I left that course frustrated, tired, angry, and thrilled all at the same time. One thing I can say about that course for certainty was that I was PISSED that I could never find the FREAKING TEE'S for the holes. That shit is inexcusable. Two colored bricks buried in the ground are not a "teepad". Especially when the hole signage rarely uses landmarks to even give you an idea where the tee SHOULD be. Second thing was the sheer amount of tree's on the holes. Don't get me wrong, I love a wooded course as much as the next dude but I want to see gaps, lanes, options. Not a stinking disc roulette (chuck and pray). Some serious tree farming needs to be done before I could label the course "Challenging" instead of "Ludicrous". The last thing that bugged me was the PUNISHING distance. Every hole was basically 400'+! I really enjoy longer holes, but man... this was just ridiculous. A 600' tunnel shot with a 8' gap up the middle the whole way is crazy.
All that said, it was truly one of the most entertaining courses I've ever played. The variance in terrain was awesome, the shots were often unique and memorable, and the amount of land available was incredible. Put in proper identified tee pads, clear some more of the residual tree's, and shorten up a few of the more nasty long/narrow holes and I'd proudly call that a championship caliber course. That first hole is epic!
Now that I think about it, whoever designed that course had some kind of fascination with there being a pretty narrow gap to hit right off the tee on several holes, followed by an additional 4-500' to the pin. REALLY frustrating to have a bad tee shot on those holes.
I am dumb.
...and a drama queen.