Orchard Park, NY 
Chestnut Ridge - The Ravine Share
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 I love/hate this course

5+    10/12/2008   10/12/2008
Review By: Nerdboy
Played: 15  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 7.9 Years
This review was updated on 5/3/2009
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I got hooked on disc golf at this course. The front nine are the toughest, starting off going down, then coming back up, a steep grade with the ever present ravine on your right. The back nine is much flatter, though still densely wooded and incorporating the creek and ravine. The ravine on the back nine is much smaller and not so deep. This course is so well designed, so deceptive. They've made excellent use of the ravine as a hazard, often placing baskets within feet of the edge. Going for it can punish your score sheet, and a moment's lapse in focus usually means a hike- which I view as a plus due to the exercise. There are plenty of ways to get safely down into the creek, so don't fret. I've never lost a disc here in two years.
Cons: The tees are a mess. Muddy when wet, roots, rocks, uneven- Watch your step- it'd be easy to twist an ankle here.
The saddest thing is that disrespectful people litter and wreck the forest, ruining one of Western New York's gems. This old hardwood forest is a treasure, along with the 'New Deal' free-standing stone structures and architecture. I guess you can't change people, but I agree that more garbage cans would help. Show some respect!!!
Do yourself a favor and print a map from nrdg.net site. Many people get turned around and miss #13 & #14.
Other Thoughts: I'd love to see improvements in the tees and creek crossings and signage, but until the destruction ends, who would invest in it? Some tree pruning would be great, I've often sworn to bring a saw. :)

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 The Ridge...

5+    9/10/2008   9/13/2008
Review By: shirfan
Played: 22  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 7.2 Years
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Technical and challenging wooded course will severely punish an errant throw, but with little chance of actually losing a disc. The danger of the ravine is a bit overstated; if you backtrack far enough you can usually find an easy and safe way down to your disc.

Most of the course is shaded, making it a good choice on a hot summer day.

Pretty scenery, elevation changes, and hundreds of trees to either damn or cheer, depending on where they deflect your disc to. Red, white, and blue tees truly play to their intended level, from an enjoyable jaunt in the park to a maddening sharpshooter's challenge.
Cons: Young, inconsiderate "Ridge Rats" sometimes frequent the course, and litterbugs abound. More garbage cans would help alleviate the situation.

Teeboxes can be a muddy mess during rainy periods.

The course dearly needs better signage, as almost every new player gets lost trying to find 10 and 13 for the first time.
Other Thoughts: The Ridge can quickly become an obsession for local players, despite its minor faults. A few inches here, a few inches there can be the difference between an excellent round and an embarrassment. Players who rely on a big distance drive off the tee will be cut down to size here; deadly accuracy and the ability to thow a variety of lines are far more valuable.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Nice Scenic Course

2-4    8/22/2009   6/27/2008
Review By: prerube
Played: 217  Reviewed: 195  Exp: 8.1 Years
This review was updated on 8/22/2009
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: The scenery is tough to beat, This is a nice wooded 18 hole course that rivals the other Buffalo courses. Multiple tess pads provide variety in distances.
Nice elevation changes. I really like the double ditch shot at hole 9
Cons: missing signage slows down the game a little. The ravine is a constant pain in the butt and at times can become an extreme hazard.
Some holes cross other holes paths and it can get confusing.
Other Thoughts: don't worry too much about throwing your good plastic, there is a small possibility of disc loss, but nothing like Como Lake.
One of the best wooded courses I have played in any state, but bring someone who knows the course if possible.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful.


5+    4/28/2008   4/28/2008
Review By: Buffalo disc golfer
Played: 6  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 9.2 Years
This review was updated on 4/27/2009
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Hard shots with trees in almost every shot. Alot of variety, every hole is different. This is a great place to work on your accuracy. I recommend you skip the red tee's and go straight for the whites tee's for max fun. But also the Blues are a good challange for any player. After your done take a look at buffalo the view is great.
Cons: Most signs are missing. Ask around if you cant find hole 13 and 14. Watch your step. Lastly please be careful climbing down the gorge. Sometimes it better to walk all the way to hole 3 or up to go 9 and get your disc's back.
Other Thoughts: Bring a map if you can so you can find 13, 14. Alot of people walk right by.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Great Course

5+    8/4/2009   4/17/2008
Review By: Traver
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 8.1 Years
This review was updated on 8/8/2009
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Challenging; which makes a good throw all the more satisfying. Heavy tree cover provides cover from wind as well as shade from the sun on hot days. Diverse holes that each provide a unique challenge and opportunities to try something new. The course makes awesome use of elevation change.
Cons: Holes are shorter so go elsewhere if you feel like throwing far.
Can get busy and is often populated by new and inconsiderate players.
Be careful not to slip and fall. I've taken tumble here and watched others do the same.
Other Thoughts: Could use some renovations on heavily eroding paths and degraded tee pads. Also, a few more garbage cans would be nice.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Great course!

2/20/2008   2/20/2008
Review By: bryon
Played: 63  Reviewed: 58
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A mostly wooded course, length wise is probably a bit above average. 18 holes with three tees per hole. Every shot makes you think. This is a great course for a tournament. Not a beginner friendly course but seems to be packed every day. Seemed to favor lefties a bit, but not to the extent where it's a problem. A lot of mini level changes, and a ravine that seems to show up on every hole. Almost every basket is totally blind from the long tee, making it a course where locals probably have a huge advantage. Playing long tees is a fun challenge. All three Tees have a degree of difficulty to them. The more I play this course the more I have enjoyed it.
Cons: The ravine can be dangerous. Watch your step.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 A local favorite

10/7/2007   10/7/2007
Review By: Big Seanie
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: First tee off at the top of the hill gives a excellent view of Buffalo and Lake Erie, really nice! Course design around ravine is beautiful!. Dropping one into a 100' ravine can be quite a bummer, but challenging as hell!!!
Cons: Course can be very crowded, tee boxes are dug in and somewhat worn out. Signs are missing especially on the back nine, you can miss three holes if you go the wrong way.
Other Thoughts: An outstanding wooded course. Natural beauty and natural disasters. Fun, fun, fun!!!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful.


8/10/2007   8/10/2007
Review By: Dribble
Played: 12  Reviewed: 2
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Fun course in the middle of a jewel of a park.Friendly locals. Trash cans!
Cons: Far from Rochester.
Other Thoughts: A good time..

2 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Fun Course

8/4/2007   8/6/2007
Review By: timg
Played: 286  Reviewed: 57  Exp: 13.1 Years
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Some unique, interesting holes. Despite being so heavily wooded you won't be slamming into trees every other shot.
Cons: The deep gorge ends up being in play on a few holes and if you miss that putt or screw up your drive then you'll have some serious climbing to do. Some tee signs were also missing.
Other Thoughts: I normally don't enjoy heavily wooded courses as much as I do the more open or moderately wooded ones out there but this course is definitely an exception to that rule.

There are a lot of really fun and challenging holes to be played here. #9's drive over dual canyons stands out in my mind as well as hole #15 which follows a winding creek downhill through a wooded alley. Definitely some fun stuff.

Chestnut Ridge is definitely worth a stop or even worth a trip especially to play the course. I enjoyed my round there quite a bit and plan on revisiting the course again soon.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful.

 1st Review

7/1/2007   7/2/2007
Review By: MattK
Played: 52  Reviewed: 39  Exp: 9.1 Years
This review was updated on 10/11/2007
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The deep gorge in the center of the course provides a unique hazard and wonderful scenery. Despite being in the woods, there is usually a viable throwing lane from tee to hole. The view from the 1st tee is pretty sweet.
Cons: Some of the tee signs on the back nine are missing, and without those or a map it can be difficult for someone unfamiliar with the course to find the baskets, which are rarely visible from the tees. Can get crowded on the weekends when the weather is good, and on occasion people park their vehicles too close for comfort around the 5th fairway.
Other Thoughts: Ignore the "par" on the signs and play every hole as a tough 3. It is arguably the most challenging course in Buffalo, and the most played. This is still my favorite woods course, and still the only place I've had a 40' approach shot miss and slide down a 40' cliff.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful.

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