Beware of the Ravine
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - some very nice looking scenic holes centered around one big ravine
- good mix between hyzer and anhyzer drives
- three sets of well marked tees that stick out of the ground for easy finding (Although you might have to look abit to find certain ones because they are not always near each other) The signs can be useful to find the tee you are looking for
- There are signs, but they are not always where you would expect to find them
Cons: - The big con is no tee pads which are very important to this course because of all the tree roots. On almost all the holes you have to be careful about tripping on roots
- It can be difficult to navigate certain holes I have gone to the wrong hole several times and had to go back and play the earlier holes. They have added some directional signs, make sure you pay attention to them. Also a map is available on this site or the niagra region disc golf site. When you go from 14 to 15 you have to cross back over the tee of like hole 12 or 13.
- Some of the baskets are awfully close to the ravine. It is relatively easy to have your disc go over the ravine. There is no ropes or steps leading down which means in order to get your disc you have to shimmy down the pretty steep ravine which could be even more dangerous in wet weather
- Although some of the holes are excellent (15 for example) after a while many of the holes tend to be be monotonous
- Because of the high traffic of the course, this course is run down with lots of trash and bottles lying around.
Other Thoughts: Overall this course is fun but it can be frustrating not to be able to get a drive because of the lack of tee-pads. This is a also a very technical course so if you are looking for a course to really fling it, this is not for you. There are only three holes that are not in the woods. If you play this course on a weekend make sure you start early (8am or before) because it gets busy awfully quick.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: you're in the shade during the summer heat
good for beginners
Cons: quite short, pars 5 play more like long par 3s or short 4s
Other Thoughts: short, finesse course, what do we need to do to get the other Chestnut course put back in?!?!
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: description: most holes are quite tight and run around/through a giant ravine making a very creative course layout
multiple tees: small wooden markers with par and distance written on them allowing for slight variations of each hole.
hole design: first three holes are more open before you hit the woods and never leave them. hole one starts on the top of a giant sled hill and gives you a 381 foot downhill shot that you can weave through a fairway in some woods or swing out into the open far to the left over o.b. and hope to drop back right over a fence much closer to the basket.
holes in the woods provide a lot of variety. fairways run right and left, many holes have slight or drastic elevation, and holes run alongside or cross over the ravine. for instance, 9 is an awesome hole that tees off on one side of the ravine, over an island/plateau at the same height, and onto the other side of the ravine. 15 is my favorite hole of the course, teeing off along the side of the ridge, zig zagging 341 feet over the ravine to a basket probably 20 feet below the tee. another great hole is 12, which has a tremendous drop off behind the basket, easily 20 feet.
difficulty: high. chestnut is not very long, but the course is tight. with that said, the fairways are fair and can really test your concentration.
uniqueness: to design a course in this location was genius. the only other wooded courses in wny with so much variety are basil (rochester) and joralemon (check it out if you're ever in albany).
Cons: tees: horrendous. natural tees that are very worn with roots nearby to avoid. concrete would be a HUGE help.
signs: old. not every tee has one. Need to be updated.
pars: to make every blue tee a par three (as listed on dgcr) seems a bit ridiculous to me for such a tight course. we play the blue tees but refer to the different pars written on the signs
crowds: you must show up early. we arrived around 12 on a saturday. horrible mistake. it was so busy, we skipped the first 9 and played the back, thinking the crowds might dwindle. when we returned to play the front, it was even more crowded then before with HUGE groups. that sucked.
Other Thoughts: we try to take a trip to chestnut every year, if not more than once. Good course to play first, then pair with como
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Wow, that ravine again!
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Multiple tee positions. Excellent variety of shots need, and lines to hit. You must have different skills for many of the holes. This course doesn't really favor FH or BH players. I never felt like anything was repetitive.
Risk vs reward is everyhwere here. The ravine along several of the holes is the obvious example. Put a disc down there and it will cost you strokes, as well as one heck of a climb. It got me once. Plan your shots and throw accurately, and you can score well here. A big arm isn't needed, but there are a few places to let it rip a little bit. No huge elevation, but a little bit to help mix it up. There is also a small creek throughout the course. You shouldn't lose discs, but it will make you think. Course is also easy to navigate.
Cons: Just terrible natural tee pads. Nothing nice to say about them at all. There are signs, but they are in need of repair and/or updates.
For people that like to really throw bombs, this isn't your kind of place. Any length offered here still requires some control.
Other Thoughts: I played horribly, but really enjoyed this course. The design and landscape really makes up for the poor signs and tee pads. Most of the course plays through the woods and tight fairways. But there aren't any fairways with no lines, and only a few that make you do a double take. They can be tight, but hit your spot and it's OK. With Emery not to far away there is something in the area for everyone. They are both challenging, but offer totally different feels and looks. Emery is the pretty girl, but Chestnut Ridge is a course that won't disappoint either.
May 30, 2012 UPDATE : Came back to see thenRavine again. This course has tons of upside, but looks like it gets no support from the park or maintenance. Garbage is at almost every hole, amd spread around the course. Pick your stuff up people. Pads still suck. There are a few plinko type holes, but this could be a very nice course with some work. Too bad it appears no one locally has the time, money or desire to take proper care of it. Great terrain and possibilities remain, but until someone takes up the cause this course won't ever reach its potential.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: The course has a lot of elavation change and plays in the woods. There is a decent amount of variety in the shots you have to make.
Cons: A couple hole have a poke and hope feel. Some hole are really unsafe. The natural teepads and ridgerats (local vandals) are the biggest downsides.
Other Thoughts: If your in the area and want to play this it isn't bad but it's not worth a trip on its own.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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