3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nicely done and very informative sign posts with all three tees clearly marked and any mandatory obstacle paths. Course is in great shape and requires a variety of throws.
Cons: Hard to find first tee without directions (forgot them).
Pro pars are tough - even throwing from the white tees I had only one birdie chance if I went by the pro pars (I don't - not even close)
Other Thoughts: Park was very active, dog walkers and people fishing for the most part. At one point I had to wait for kids using a basket as a jungle gym to get clear.
Hole 14 is downright scary...................
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Caution: May need hip waders!
Pros: A fairly technical course. The mando's really make some holes a challenge. The isn't much of a grade difference in the terrain, but it makes up for it with numerous annie's and hyzer's.
I really like this course. There is a definite difference between the white and blue tee's here. The blue tee's are set up in a way, not only with extra distance, but the difficulty due due obstacles, makes it a whole different experience when playing.
Cons: The distance on hole number's 8,10, and especially 14; be prepared to get wet. Of the three holes that go across water, they get progressively harder to be able to retrieve your disc. I play #14 at the ladies tee's (red tee's) and call it a par 3 not 4.
Other Thoughts: I'm sure that if you ask anyone that's played the course they'd say #14 is the signature hole. You tee off on one side of the lake and a bad drive is a lost disc. The pin is nestled in between two trees that are only far enough apart to fit a disc golf basket.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Challenging & Variety
Pros: Quiet and close to just about anywhere in Buffalo, NY. Nice layout and some very challenging holes (especially the back 9). Nice degree of variety to the holes and layouts.
Cons: Maybe a bit too challenging on the back 9. Lots of water hazards on the back 9. Look out on Holes 8, 10, 14 & 15. Floaters are a must, since sinkers will be lost in the murky water. Course definitely gives an advantage to LHBH and RHFH throwers.
Other Thoughts: Has anyone been successful shooting from the blue tee directly over the water on Hole 14? We wimped out and played parallel to the shore until we got to a point where the throw over the water was considerably closer. All in all, I loved the course. This may be my new current favorite!
A lot of comments mention the water hazards and downplay the trees. If you play like I do you'll hit several of them as well. The course isn't like Chestnut Ridge Park but I still managed to hit about 5 trees along the 18 holes.
This is the premium course in the Buffalo area (at least until I get a chance to try Emery). This course is far better than Chestnut Ridge which has really fallen into disrepair in recent years.
[edit 6/22/10 - I just noticed that the Par (3) and Pro Par (4) are reversed for Hole #8. No wonder I've never gotten close to par on that hole.]
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Bring extra discs!
Pros: Very fun course, you may get to laugh at your friends when they jump into the cold water for a disc.
Generous Par, but still a challenging course.
Cons: LOTS OF WATER, we had to play hole 8 from the white because it was too risky to throw over the large drop off. Hole 14 eats discs too.
Other Thoughts: on hole 14 people had success throwing parellel with the water and crossing at a narrower location.
I found 6 discs while swimming after my floater.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Risk vs. Reward
Pros: Memorable "make or break" shots over water. Each hole was enjoyable in it's own way and there weren't any that I felt were too short or too long.
Cons: Some long walks between some holes. Also, a good amount of non-disc golf foot traffic that you need to be wary of. Due to the water hazards, this course may not be too beginner friendly.
Other Thoughts: I decided to take a trip out to play Lancaster today and I'm glad I did. The front 9, while enjoyable, weren't particularly challenging. Most played on the short side and outside of a few errant putts, I made par on each hole without much effort.
The back 9 is where this course really shines. Almost each hole has a water hazard in play which will definitely keep even the most experienced players on their toes. A lot of risk vs. reward scenarios such as #14 which has you throwing a good 200ft right over a large pond. I watched 3 out of 4 guys sink their drives in the water and a local mentioned that her friend found "$70 worth of discs" when he waded in for his disc. Most holes don't have such a direct water hazard but if you find yourself going too far left or too far right on the back 9, expect to get wet.
Como is a great addition to the Buffalo course line-up and the abundance of water hazards really make it stand out from the other area courses.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Water, water, everywhere...
Pros: Beautiful new course, has several bona-fide par-4s amongst the 18 holes. The placement of the holes amongst the scattered trees, grass mounds and lake shore give each green a unique feel. The signs are nicely designed and descriptive.
Cons: Two major issues: 1. the traffic pattern, caused by the size and shape of the islands. There are several very long walks between holes, fairways that overlap, and constant miscellaneous foot traffic across the bridges to deal with.
2. The water hazards make this course very beginner unfriendly, and potentially frustrating for others as well. The lake is in play for half of the holes, and for a couple of them there is simply no safe option.
Also in the springtime a bizarre amount of casual water can build up around the 9th fairway - literally deep enough to swim in.
Other Thoughts: Two suggestions for players: 1. invest in some floating discs and 100' of rope to fish them out with, and 2. plan on spending twice as much time on a round as usual due to the extra walking, waiting for fairways to clear, and possible disc fishing.
Some minor changes have been made since the course first went in. The tees for #14 were moved slightly closer, in keeping with PDGA guidelines for over the water throws. Detailed signs were added at each tee and par was set, though unfortunately with regard to par the PDGA guidelines were ignored. Also the islands brush has been cleaned up a bit around the edges, making it easier for discs to roll into the lake. The course is more beautiful than ever, and more perilous.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: very challenging if you are willing to take the risks
Cons: if u screw up theres a good chance youll lose a few discs
Other Thoughts: u may be wise to take a penalty stroke and play up from an easier spot I lost 2 discs my first time through other wise a very fun course
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Nice place. Good place to spend a bit of the day tossing a disc. Not heavy wood but with trees.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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