1 Helpful / 11 Not
Creme De La Creme
Pros: Best Course in WNY... A variety of different holes great for both forehand and backhand... As well as some holes for the big guns and the more accurate... Mixes up Well... Shit loads of fun
Cons: Leaves... in the fall there are a million leaves and its very easy to lose a disc
Other Thoughts: Id Recommend it to Everyone... Super fun course for all skill levels
1 of 12 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Amazing view on the first hole. Nice changes in elevation. Nice tunnel shots through trees. Three different tees for all skill levels.
Cons: Poor signage and tee markings. Many, many, many trees. Difficult to see baskets when leaves are on trees. no "next tee" signs.
Other Thoughts: worth going to play if you are in the area. print the map!
1 of 3 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.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Best Course Around
Pros: Challenging, but still fun for amatuers. Lots of variety from hole to hole. Lots of elevation changes make for interesting holes. Easy to follow, not confusing, signs on most holes. Course stays relatively dry, even during rainy months. The sledding hill is a great way to start. Opportunity for Aces for pros.
Cons: The ravine is steep and can be difficult to navigate if you're tracking down a disc. Lots of scummy people leave trash EVERYWHERE(course has about 2 trash cans). Back 9 seems like an afterthought compared to the front. WARNING, this course can get VERY CROWDED on weeknights and weekends.
Other Thoughts: This course was more fun before the sport started gaining popularity. Would've been 4 - 4.5 a few years ago but the trash and crowds kill this for me lately.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: I hit an ACE on hole #1 Pro pad 381'. BEST SHOT OF MY LIFE! sidewinder laid down and woosh right over the fence thru the trees and ching!
Cons: Messed up my knees running down the hill to check on the glory.
Other Thoughts: Conrad Young saw the whole thing.
2 of 11 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: -I loved this course
-Loved the ravine
Cons: -Lots of trees, but that makes it more challenging so its not really a con
-Kind of muddy
Other Thoughts: -I just played at the ridge for my first time, and it was great, i defantely plan on going many more times
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A good variety of challenging shots off the tee. Abundance of trees make the course tough to master. Great contrast between the front and back nine even though all 18 are through the woods.
Cons: Tees are often muddy and some have roots right in the middle of them. Several tee markers are missing. Some tees may be tough to find if no one in your group has ever played the course before.
Other Thoughts: Accurate drives are key here, with power drives playing a much smaller part. The course is often crowded on nice days, sometimes causing a jam at the tees. While less challenging than Black Diamond at Emery Park, this is my favorite course in Western New York.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
best wooded cousre i ever played
Pros: there are a lot of trees on this course but for a wooded cousre the fairways are exceptionaly wide this is ny fav buffalo cousre
Cons: on 15 the sigin is down so when you cross the bridge to get to 13 keep walking because the first hole you will se is 15 and if your not familiar with the cousre then you will probably play 15 as 13
Other Thoughts: there is a large ravine that runs along the first three or four holes that is quite deep and a pain to get you disk out of if you loose it
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
9 is enough!
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Chestnut Ridge is a change of pace from Como, Beaver Island and Evangola. Love the ravines and the elevation changes. Loved holes 1 and 9.
Cons: TREES!!! The course plays through way too much of the woods. After the first 9 holes I was going to grade the course out around a 4, maybe even a 4½. After playing all 18 the grade just kept descending down to a 2. The course is starting to need lots of repairs. 1/3 of the signs are missing. Tees are missing, mud bogs at the tees, difficulty finding hole 10 (you have to walk through the basket area of 17), trash all along the course (very few garbage cans or bags) ...
Other Thoughts: I hadn't played this course since it opened in 2001 (nearly 8 years ago) and after today I don't think I'll be back anytime soon. Chestnut Ridge Park offers so much potential for a top-notch course, but I think they failed to utilize all of the parks strengths. A few, maybe even half, of the holes being in the woods would have been plenty. All 18 in the woods is over kill. I only occasionally saw other disc golfers while I was there but you knew they were there because ever 30-60 seconds you would hear a "thunk" as another disc hit a tree.
My suggestion would be to play 9 at Chestnut Ridge and then drive to Como to finish off the day.
UPDATE 9/10/10 -- played another round tonite and left with a bit more favorable impression, however the course still is lacking in many respects. Topping the list is  the need to replace signage that has been removed or stolen for many of the holes and  getting garbage cans placed throughout the course. The course is strewn with garbage at nearly every tee. I look forward to when the NRDG gets to putting in the proposed second course at Chestnut (Eternal Flame course) and hope they utilize more than just the heavily wooded areas of the park. It would be really nice to mixup the holes a bit more. A mix of 9 holes through the woods and 9 holes that are a bit more open would be great and would nicely challenge all aspects of your game. Until then we will frequent Como and Emery as courses that are far more complete and well laid out.
UPDATE 9/17/13 - Took my daughter for a round here after a run in the park. The course hasn't changed to match and still has many CONS. Signage is mostly there now, but so many tees are missing; tee pads, when found, are rutted and muddy; and garbage is still a HUGE problem. The Eternal Flame course may have even been quashed because of the state of this course. It needs help ... lots of help.
UPDATE 9/7/15 - We squeezed in a round at Chestnut after playing Hawk's Landing earlier in the afternoon. Our first time back at Chestnut in 2 years. Boy, has this course REALLY gone downhill. This course is a trainwreck. It seems that they are trying to clean it up and make it better but the results do not justify playing this course anytime soon again. New signs have been put in to replace the ones that have been stolen over the years. The only problem is they are posted on trees somewhere near the blue or white tee about 15 feet off the ground. Good luck trying to read them. It's too damn far up to see it well. Good news is that many tee pads have been installed. Bad news is ... they are almost only for the White tees and the Blue tees ... good luck on finding them on many of the holes. Apparently, a few of the holes have Mandos on them now, according to the signs, good luck trying to figure them out. We found about half of the Mandos marked on the trees with an arrow. The others ... who knows. The arrows are apparently gone. I hate to say it but they need to start over on this course. A complete re-design needs to be done. When there so many better courses in the area (Emery, Como, Hawk's Landing, ...) I will find it extremely difficult to ever want to play here again. I've changed my previous 2.5 star rating to a 1 star.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Difficult and Challenging
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
****BE CAREFUL ON HOLE 7! STEEPEST CLIFF ON THE COURSE
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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