Orchard Park, NY 
Chestnut Ridge - The Ravine Share
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Hole #1 Blue Tee

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 Difficult and Challenging

5+    5/24/2009   5/25/2009
Review By: Sche3067
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 10.2 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Tough course where trees will have you thinking on the right approach. Also great for practicing accuracy. Wooded Areas keep you cool during the hot summer days. There are many different ways of approaching a shot from the tee. Unique tees that is very different from each other.
Cons: Since this course is very popular you may find yourself waiting for others to finish. Blind spots around the course may cause people to hit you with their disc (doesn't happen very often). People have taken signs from the holes which tell you were the tees/pins are. Ridge Rats that leave trash on the holes. In some spots the tees are muddy right where you begin a new throw. Easy to lose a disc if you're not careful. People sometimes move the colored wood tee blocks. Not enough garbage cans.
Other Thoughts: Favors the forearm throwers for right handers and vice versa for left handers. learn how to throw your disc more than one way for this course or you'll be in some pretty tough situations.

hole 13 and 14 are to the right of the trail after you cross the bridge from 12

the picture for the blue tee on hole 18 is wrong, there is a path to the left that leads up to a dirt platform which is the blue tee

** Always keep an eye on where the disc lands. It is easy to lose a disc here esspically if you get it under a bunch of leaves on the ravine. Be careful with your throws the ravine will eat your disc alive

Bring Insect Repellent


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Challenging and fair Pars

1    8/24/2009   3/28/2009
Review By: greenrod1
Played: 5  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 9.1 Years
This review was updated on 11/14/2009
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Course designed around the Ravine make for challenging and yet go for it opportunities.You will need to test most all your shots through this course. Release well and score well,If your a little off it could be a long day. I have had it both ways
Cons: OK I saw at least two trash containers on this course ,but that wasnt enough as there were beer bottles and cans all over. If only people would be more considerate and pack out what they packed in.The back nine seemed a little haphazard when compared to the thought out well front nine.
Other Thoughts: Want to play course again and again

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 The Ridge

5+    3/10/2009   3/12/2009
Review By: Pyro419
Played: 19  Reviewed: 13  Exp: 8.2 Years
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Excellent all around course, very challenging 18 through the woods snaking over and around a deep gorge and creek. Lots of elevation change, both throwing downhill and uphill.
Cons: Can be a bit frustrating at times, alot of densly wooded fairways. You will hit trees. Other than the occasional cry for a chainsaw... no substantial cons.
Other Thoughts: This is my home course, about 5 min. away. I play at least 5 rounds a week here. I have heard and read alot of complaints about "RIDGE RATS" making a mess, Look, this is a very very popular and heavily played course. Instead of complaining about the mess. DEMAND GARBAGE CANS!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Das Ridge

5+    10/12/2008   10/24/2008
Review By: chuckgalbo
Played: 40  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 11.2 Years
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Challenging course that takes you threw the woods at Chesnut Ridge. Good course to go to and practice side arms. Blue tees are one of the hardest sets of tees that i have ever played.
Cons: The Ridge Rats. Very popular course. Young kids go to the course and trash it. They will throw their discs at you because there are a lot of blind shots where they can not see the basket.
Other Thoughts: You get one of the best views of buffalo that you can get on top of the hill at hole 1. Get a nice shot of the city, Ralph Wilson stadium and the Niagara Falls.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 I love/hate this course

5+    10/12/2008   10/12/2008
Review By: Nerdboy
Played: 15  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 9.1 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: 8.3 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: 241  Reviewed: 218  Exp: 9.2 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: 10.3 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: 9.2 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.

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