Apparently, I am in an underwhelming minority of one!
To the extent that the site lends itself to that, my ideal routing allows a player some leeway early on; provides the opportunity to build momentum through conquering progressively different and more demanding callenges in the middle; and, finally, offers a crescendo of variety, difficulty, and risk/reward opportunities in its last several holes. Few sites lend themselves to this approach, and the movement in gca to have near equal returning nines and 18 signature holes ensure its rarity.
There are many courses where you have to be on your toes starting on the first hole. Off the top of my head, OSU's Scarlet and Muirfield Village have two very difficult starting holes. However, at both courses, these holes fit very well within the overall theme. #1 at BM is one of a kind, and, in my opinion, just like the waterfall, it sticks out like a sore thumb.
I disagree about SFGC and any parallel that can be drawn to BM. The first three holes, regardless what the handicap on the scorecard might say, allow you to get off to a good start without the fear of a couple Xs on the card. Typically, if the wind is blowing into you on # 1 (from the ocean) , it is not a hard three-shot par 5, and #2 is then a mid to short par 4. If the wind blows from the east, #1 is reachable, #2 plays mid-long, and #3 plays short. #4, the long par 3 going south, well, that's another matter.
BTW, I find nothing easy at all about BM, particularly since in addition to all the elevation changes, turns and twists, moon-like terrain, and potential for extreme weather, it has about the most difficult greens I've ever played.
You are 100% right that a return visit is in order. Maybe in late summer/early fall? TTRC (36), Paa-ko Ridge(18), Twin Warriors(18), BM (36)?