Orchard Park, NY 
Chestnut Ridge - The Ravine Share
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  4.5 Star Course

5+    8/12/2011   8/14/2011
Review By: EricBoski
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 6.8 Years
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This Course has a bit of everything, a couple open field drives right off the bat, as you move on into the trees your drives need to be more precise, and to top it off the death drops where you may think you have a good shot as it rolls all the way down the hill into a ravine. With that said I have never actually lost a Disc there, and it is my Home field Course. In all, the holes are well spread apart which makes it for a great round of Disc Golf...
Cons: Begginers Beware! There are trees all over the place, which can make pros second guess themselves.
Other Thoughts: The tees are not concrete but most holes are easy drives.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 the ridge

5+    7/30/2011   8/4/2011
Review By: jayman33
Played: 45  Reviewed: 17  Exp: 10.2 Years
This review was updated on 9/2/2012
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.

 The Ridge

2-4    3/30/2011   4/4/2011
Review By: Chiefstang
Played: 90  Reviewed: 21  Exp: 7 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Great elevation changes.
-Tight, technical course after the first three holes.
-Restrooms in the main building.
-A HUGE sledding hill in the wintertime. Bring a sled for a few runs!
-"The ridge", which runs through the course offers a great risk factor. You won't really lose your plastic, but you'll hate climbing down to get it!
-There are a few holes here that could be signature holes.
-Very scenic any time of year.
-Multiple tees on every hole.
-Tons of parking, and well marked signs from the highway make getting there easy.
Cons: -Tee pads are horrible. This is the busiest course in the Buffalo area, and the natural tees are starting to become a hazard. I've heard concrete is on the way.
-Crowded. Not just crowded, but crowded with a pretty rowdy crowd. Hate to ding a course for this, but unruly groups all around you can detract from the round. Play earlier in the day.

Other Thoughts: -I had Simpletwist show me around here earlier in the day, but even then the crowd was pretty boisterous. I guess the locals call them "Ridge Rats", and a couple of them tried to grab our discs too.
-They are adding another 18 holes here this year, which should absolutely help with the congestion.
-Crowding aside, this course is worth a stop. The technical side of this course will compliment some of Buffalo's bigger courses making a trip to the area a worthwhile experience!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Wow, that ravine again!

1    10/12/2010   10/15/2010
Review By: sloppydisc
Played: 201  Reviewed: 147  Exp: 7.5 Years
This review was updated on 5/30/2012
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.

  Chesnut Ridge Park

5+    9/17/2010   9/18/2010
Review By: Abystran
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The Course is beautiful, and well designed. The main path winds in and out of the woods, and is slightly rugged (lots of roots and rocks), but a fairly easy hike... I'd leave your sandals at home though.

If you're looking to hone your thumber, or standard overhand shot- this course will give you plenty of chances, the course layout is almost entirely through a moderately dense deciduous forest. Just be prepared to hit some trees.

Picnic shelters, grills, and garbage cans are scattered throughout the park. For family (or large group) frolfers- its a great day trip if you have kids. If they get tired after the front nine- it's easy to take a sit-down, picnic/BBQ breather at almost any point.
Cons: - No concrete tees... would be nice, especially in the springtime- gets a little muddy.

- A little more variation in hole types would be nice- all wood shots can get a little frustrating after awhile (Trees, Trees, and more trees)

- The ravine is beautiful, but terrible. Perfect shots can quickly turn into a 20 minute "slide down the ravine" debacle.

- While the shelters have garbage cans- can placement on the course is pretty sparse- sometimes the emptys can build up.

- Can sometimes be extremely crowded.
Other Thoughts: Overall, a well designed, fairly challenging course (due to the high level of tree-obstacles)... Definitely worth a drive.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  Good all rounder Course.

1    9/6/2010   9/8/2010
Review By: OldSkoolKid
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Solid well rounded course. With plenty of holes for amateurs and seasoned players alike to be challenged and still enjoy playing. Favors accuracy throwing over power which allows younger players to keep up with older ones.
Cons: The only really major down side to this course is it's very popular and can be crowed at times. That and the ravines that run along side the front nine are not fun to fetch a disc from.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

The Ridge's Risky Ravine is Rewarding

1    7/23/2010   8/3/2010
Review By: zapplayer12
Played: 138  Reviewed: 40  Exp: 18.1 Years
This review was updated on 2/25/2015
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Heavily wooded and technical rewarding accuracy over power
Flowing design with outstanding use of elevation, ravine, creek
Multiple tees with signage at white tees
Some risky pin placements; many are 'blind' from pro tees
Worn in and heavily played so nominal amount of undergrowth
Ravine is a daunting hazard on the front 9, less so on back 9
Not especially long course so somewhat easier to recover from tree hits (and you WILL hit trees here)
Cons: Not much diversity in holes types as mainly wooded
Ravine has some severe drop offs and steps/walkways/bridges could use upkeep so caution is warranted
Bring a map as first timers may have some navigation issues
Natural tees are worn/eroded from use as is expected w/tees of this type
Other Thoughts: The first two holes are not representative of this course as they are more open and play primarily on the outskirt of the woods. However #2's pin placement at the edge of the ravine gives you a taste of what's to follow on the front 9 - a tight, technical wooded web surrounded by a deep chasm waiting to gulp up errant throws. Accuracy and shot placement are critical here as tree collisions are guaranteed and even the slightest throw gone astray could end up deep down in the gorge.

The back nine, while still heavily wooded and technical, features a tamer version of the ravine where the drop-offs are not as extreme but pose a challenge nonetheless with baskets at its edge and fairways in, around and over it.

Chestnut Ridge appears to be a popular course and for good reason - it's tough with all the woods but fair in its length with a good deal of risk to boot. Undeniably a recommended play if in the Buffalo area.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.


5+    6/25/2010   6/28/2010
Review By: Keegan
Played: 4  Reviewed: 4
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: What's not to say, the course layout is the best I've ever seen. The holes flow very naturally and compliment the beautiful surroundings. The course incorporates alot of elevation changes and it's very heavily wooded. Very technical course, focus more on accuracy rather than power and you'll save alot of strokes. The back nine is just as amazing as the front. My favorite course I've ever played.
Cons: The signage could be better, there could be more trash cans scattered throughout the course. I wish there were concrete tee pads too.
Other Thoughts: This course can be very very crowded with first time players and limited experience players. I would advise to go at off hours, like early morning/mid afternoon. Avoid weekends and after 5 pm

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.


5+    6/3/2010   6/4/2010
Review By: pat12344
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I play this course 2-3 times a week (in the summer) for the last 5 years. It is a great course to work on accuracy due to the heavily wooded nature of the course. A lot of elevation changes and paths along the creek make for an exciting round. Being in the woods helps keeps you cooler on hot days, which is nice. A fun course to play in the winter as well. No leaves on the trees makes it easier to navigate but deep snow drifts of several feet make discs hard to locate. Overall, the best course in the area by far in my opinion, and playable in any weather conditions.
Cons: RAVINES!! Holes 1-7 (4-6 especially) all play along the side of a very steep, deep ravine. Wayward shots have a way of finding the ravine. I actually developed my backhand toss to suit these holes (being lefty a right hook on 4-6 will find the ravine). Another con is waits. A lot of high school kids love to come out on this course, and they will be in groups of 6+ several times. A lot of people are stopping after every hole to smoke and there seems to be a lack of etiquette by mos tplayers to let faster players play through. Also, sloppy conditions in the tee boxes after a rain can really affect driving.
Other Thoughts: I love this course and reccomend it to anyone looking to challenge their accuracy. Big drives are devalued here as this course requires precision. I play Evangola and Beaver Island all the time and rarely compete for the lead with my friends who throw much longer than me, but typically compete here due to my accuracy.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 My Favorite course to date!

5+    5/17/2010   5/18/2010
Review By: Chuck Cagle
Played: 13  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 15.5 Years
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This course has everything you need in a course. Places for long drives. Tough fairways that demand Hyzers and Anhyzers. the Ravine and hill give you demanding places to shoot your disc or risk a risky climb so bring your hiking gear. A Rope would be a good thing too.
Cons: Tee's are dirt and w/the WNY rain muddy alot of the time. They need to install concreate tee's. Baskets are right on the edge of large cliffs although a challange it is a big risk and not family safe from time to time. An adult would have to fetch poor throws alot and could get real sore climbing all day.
Other Thoughts: I play here almost everyday . The trees are plentifull. Somtimes a great shot off by 3" will hit a tree and cost you a boggy. Then a bad shot 3' wide ends up not hitting anything. But a Great player will be challeged at every hole in a different way. Chestnut Ridge > Emory imho

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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