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1    10/25/2013   10/26/2013
Review By: Steveo356
Played: 4  Reviewed: 4
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Course was well mowed making finding disc easy
well designed holes leave you switching disc often to make some tricky shots.
Sonnys deli right down the road is a huge plus!
Cons: That hill is huge and is where the first half of the course is played. after two rounds its understandable to be pretty winded. The course was a bit marshy is places, but i did go on a bit of a wet day. Hole 16 is crap you feel like there are few to no shots off the tee that feel good. Fairways cross eachother often makes you a wonder if you should be wearing a helmet on a day when there are multiple groups playing.
Other Thoughts: Would happily play this course again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Great course!

5+    10/13/2013   9/30/2013
Review By: Schmankster
Played: 14  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 2.3 Years
This review was updated on 11/29/2013
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Conveniently located minutes from the ROC
-Lack of water holes and less trees make this a great course for first timers.
-Excellent use of elevation (although the hill can get tiring quick!)
-Nice change from front to back 9. It seems like 2 different courses.
Cons: -The hill! I am in decent shape and find the hill gets old quick. Up,down,up,down...Softer players might have an issue with this.
-Due to sledding, they pull the baskets in late fall to early spring.
-#16...You guys ruined it! This used to be the second best hole on the course. Now its bunk! I understand the park got greedy and forced the redesign, but there needs to be something done for safety from the bombers coming down #7.
-Lack of benches. There's only a couple of holes with a place to sit. With all the climbing you have to do, it would be nice to sit and relax a bit more. Perhaps with the park's revenue from the newly installed photo op on the old #16, they can purchase a few more.
Other Thoughts: 1-Mostly straight ahead. Some trees in the way. I seem to always hit that one branch.
2-Uphill all the way. The basket is behind the clump of trees in the middle
3-A short par 3. One of my favorites as a leftie. Mostly open on the left. Curves to the right perfectly. Trees all over the right side.
4-Another good leftie hole. Clear on the left, trees on the right. The basket is straight ahead
5-Be careful of people teeing off at 6. Straight ahead. Wide open until you get to the basket area. Roots around the basket can cause some errant landings. On a left to right slope
6-Short par 3. Right to left slope. Watch the landings. If it rolls....
7-One of the signature holes. Looong par 3 on top of a huge hill. Blast away. Lefties, watch the trees on the left. There's a bench in the woods to the right and behind the basket.
8-As a leftie, I HATE THIS HOLE!! Dogleg to the left. Clear on the right, lots of trees and a drop off to the left.
9-Completly uphill.A few trees guard the approach to the basket.
10-Short par 3 on the side of the hill.
11-Uphill again! Short par 3. watch the scrub on the right, its gets pretty thick quick
12-Downhill short par 3. Easy to overdo it
13-More and more trees come into play after this. One of my favorites! Long hole that finishes in the woods. Clear on the left (yay!) trees on the right
14-Mostly wooded. A few very large trees are in the way. Bench
15-More trees! Pretty much straight ahead.
16-The new basket is on the ridge in front of you. The redesign totally ruined this hole!
17-Good luck here! Trees guard the launch chute. Thick trees and scrub on the left with a nasty drop off. You cant see it from the tee, but the basket is pretty much straight ahead.
18-Basket is slightly left of the tee on the side of a small hill. Great rightie hole.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Ellison Park is a great place to start

1    11/10/2012   11/10/2012
Review By: sfoulkrod
Played: 10  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 2.5 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Easy to navigate. Hills offer some nice downhill throws, There are some beautiful and fun holes.
Cons: Some of the holes, i think 8-11 are so close to each other that it can be tricky.
Other Thoughts: Its beautiful, its free, its great exercise and its a great place to get people started on the game. S

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Rochester Disc Golf's Crown Jewel just outside the city limits

2-4    8/29/2012   8/29/2012
Review By: TBabb
Played: 50  Reviewed: 43  Exp: 9.2 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Rubber tee pads are in great condition and level. Signs at every whole. Mach 3 baskets are in good condition and usually easy to see off the tee pad. There's a map at the front of the course. The course is also in a GREAT location, just over the Rochester city line in a beautiful suburban park with tons of elevation to work with. The grass is well mowed and trees are trimmed back from ground to about 10 feet to keep wooded shots challenging without being unfair. Navigation is easy, next tees are mostly visible from the preceding hole's basket. The course flows well and describes a loop around the park. There are some benches and trash cans available. Restrooms with running water are also on site. The course is quite challenging; mature trees, lots of elevation and some tricky lines as well. Lots of variety in distance too with some totally legitimate par fours. Ellison park is also home to two of the most exciting disc golf holes I've ever thrown: Hole 7 is an epic 500+ foot downhill throw and Hole 16 is a challenging toss down three tiers of landscape with very unforgiving vegetation. The uphill holes here are absolutely relentless. The city has a very strong disc golf culture.
Cons: Some tee pads are a little small. The course can be a little tight, as it's easy to send a wild shot onto a neighboring fairway. A few blind shots from the tee, but 17 is the only one where it's really hard to know what to throw at.
Other Thoughts: While many may argue that Parma is a better course than Ellison, I must say the opposite. This is definitely among my favorites, and it's so great that it's so close to the city. And two of my favorite holes ever are here. As far as I'm concerned, Ellison is the top of the line in the 585.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.


5+    7/22/2012   7/24/2012
Review By: Skiddy28
Played: 4  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 4.4 Years
This review was updated on 4/2/2013
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Long holes, lots of variables that aren't overwhelming, not overcrowded, Love the tee boxes they put in
Cons: Hole 17 hates me, Cans and bottles laying around in the foliage that A-Hole people don't dispose of properly, a couple baskets are hard to spot in the trees
Other Thoughts: My friends and I have only lost One disc here, a tall tree ate it.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 A Great Workout

1    7/8/2012   7/10/2012
Review By: bosoxbrent
Played: 20  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 4.2 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice layout with plenty of challenging holes. The course is very hilly and you end up with a great workout. The course is pretty open and you have no problem figuring out where to go next.
Cons: The course has a lot of beer bottles, cans, and water bottles laying around. It's sad that people playing this course feel the need to throw their trash on the ground. The only other gripe I have about this course is that it was very crowded. Lots of people were playing here and we frequently had to wait to play each hole.
Other Thoughts: It's a good course, not a great one. If it were better maintained and was less crowded, I would have definitely given this course a higher rating.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 good for beginners and pros alike

5+    4/26/2012   4/27/2012
Review By: lcra0825
Played: 90  Reviewed: 30  Exp: 8.1 Years
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - good use of elevation (also a con)
- good tee pads
- signs with distances and tees
- nice an open so it is good for beginners
- has a lot of history being one of the first disc golf courses
- very easy to navigate
- holes flow one after the other, no long walks between holes
- 2 or 3 nice holes that stand out 7,8,16
- bathrooms in the parking lot
Cons: - elevation is also a con because it is tiring to walk up and down hills throughout the front 9
- the course seems bland at times, especially on the front 9
- no multiple tees or baskets that I can find
- the baskets seem smaller than normal (I could be wrong)
Other Thoughts: This is a good course to start on because it is very easy to navigate and a lot of the holes are pretty open so a newcomer might not become as frustrated by having their discs constantly hitting trees. There is also some really long shots so better players can air it out. Hole 7 is one you can air it out going down hill. Hole 16 is also unique with a down hill throw over two layers. I would have rated the course higher if their were more "wow" holes like some of the other courses in Rochester.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Great course

2-4    4/7/2012   4/7/2012
Review By: jkanick38
Played: 10  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 4.4 Years
This review was updated on 5/17/2013
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: has a nice mix of hilly and flat terrain which make this very interesting to play, no water so good for beginers, forgiving if you have a bad shot,
Cons: Holes and tees to close together make for alot of people yelling fore mainly on the front nine. it gets a bit repetitive, lots of new players
Other Thoughts: this plays like 2 different couses when u hit the back nine it a whole diferent ball game .the back nine has light wooded areas on a few hole which changes up play a bit overal a great course thats very scenic for players,

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Classic course is still a challenge

5+    10/15/2011   3/2/2012
Review By: fictionfree
Played: 11  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 6.3 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Course design is both friendly and challenging
-Classic course has been featured in several Worlds and remains a local favorite
-Addition of rubber tees fixed one of the major gripes from before - terribly eroded dirt tees
-Mix of hills, tightly wooded holes, open wooded holes, open fields, out-of-bounds, hyzer, anhyzer, etc. lets everyone shine and be challenged
-Free parking is adjacent to holes 1 and 2
-Friendly laid back feel while playing
-Very social - someone is almost always playing any time of day, and people are generally very social, friendly and you can tag along with a group if you want, run into pros who are cool about offering advice or tips, etc.
Cons: -Overcrowded on warm days - you can wait a long time to tee off when it's warm and everyone is out playing
-Litter - generally several grocery bags worth to pick up every week and only one garbage can in the entire park that nobody seems to use
-The hilly portions can be very slippery after a rain, the flatter sections can be very squishy and muddy
-Attracts a lot of newbies, which can be annoying when they throw into you, or won't let you play through, etc.
-Baskets are removed in late fall and re-installed in the spring, mostly because people like to sled on holes 7-12 in the winter. It makes sense, but with so few courses on this side of the county, it's inconvenient - would be nice if they'd leave an alternate layout in place in the winter.
Other Thoughts: This is supposedly the 2nd oldest course in the country, and I consider it to be one of the best I've played. The course design is genius - there aren't a lot of barriers to play with, but every tee and every basket are placed to make the most out of every tree, every slant to the topography, etc. Every hole has multiple lines that force you to make smart decisions about how to play. And yet while the course remains challenging for even top pros, new players still have a fun time playing.

The biggest problems with this course derive from the fact that it is so popular - thus there tends to be a lot of litter, the occassional callous/clueless player, etc.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 bit of all

1    10/15/2011   2/8/2012
Review By: GrEaTeRNaTeR
Played: 19  Reviewed: 19  Exp: 4.1 Years
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course has a little bit of it all, tree's, hills, distance and rubber tee pads. Good for skilled players yet forgiving for the noobs. some of the hills are a great workout bcuz they r long and gradual. nicely cleared up and trimmed back
Cons: can quickly fill up with players on a nice day. some hills are a little steep, so for some that arnt in the greatest of shape this may come as a challenge. only a seasonal course
Other Thoughts: designate nine holes for winter players to stay open

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.

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