Orchard Park, NY 
Chestnut Ridge - The Ravine Share
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Great Walk In The Woods

1    9/11/2016   9/11/2016
Review By: The Don
Played: 15  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 1.3 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great course. It was an awesome walk in the woods with my buddies. Constantly hitting trees gets annoying but it's so cool to be in the woods and crossing creaks and walking up and down ravines and little hills.
Cons: Hole 1 starts on the left side of a fence but the basket is on the right side. Don't throw too far right or you'll go over the cliff but take the safe shot in the field and you gotta go over the fence.
Hole 10 is hard to find. After you finish hole 9 cross the road and walk past tee 17 and then you'll find tee 10 on top of the little hill.
Other Thoughts: Definitely worth the drive. I highly recommend it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

So Good and So Bad

5+    4/25/2016   5/3/2016
Review By: toddnick
Played: 32  Reviewed: 15
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Great design utilizing the ravine on nearly every hole.
- Lots of elevation change/you will be hiking as well as disc golfing.
- Beautiful water features on several holes.
- 15 holes are spent in the woods; each is unique and fair.
- Lots of risk/reward on tee shots and also on approach shots with baskets next to the ravine.
- Some memorable holes (1, 3, 9, 12, 13, 15).
Cons: - Trash, by far the worst course in the Buffalo area.
- Crowds
- Tee signs that are hard to read because they are up so high on trees.
- Takes 20 minutes to get your disc from the bottom of the ravine and several baskets are less than 5 steps from the edge.
Other Thoughts: I love short, wooded courses with lots of elevation change and beautiful scenery. This course has all of the above in spades. But it also has real issues with crowds and trash.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


5+    5/20/2015   6/1/2015
Review By: oneCarney
Played: 36  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 4.4 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Great variety of shots.
-Good Overall course flow
-Handful of Ace runs
-No Gimme Holes
-Plays well for both RHBH & LHBH players.
-Memorable shots and holes
Cons: -Signage could be updated/improved
-At times this course can get trashed. I have personally filled a Garbage bag full of bottles and other various garbage and have seen others doing the same, but there is too much left
-Finally, the biggest con about this course are the Treacherous tee pads. Nearly all of them are uneven and are hazardous when dry.
-Tee pads are even worse after a snow/rain storm
-Did I mention, how bad the Tee pads are there?
Other Thoughts: This is and will always be one of my all time favorite courses to play. On a clear day you can see Ralph Wilson Stadium, Downtown Buffalo, and Niagara Falls from the Tee of Hole 1. Also Hole 15 has a great line to it another one of my favorite shots.

CAUTION: The Ravine is very steep, so you must be careful retrieving discs. After heavy rain or when the snow is melting in the spring the water level can be high and very fast moving, it can take your disc from hole 7 back through the tunnel at hole 3, I seen'd it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 On my way to Buffalo, NY

1    5/5/2014   5/5/2014
Review By: obi1keno
Played: 12  Reviewed: 11  Exp: 5.1 Years
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course is a good variety of 18 holes. It is fairly long in my opinion and took about 1.5 hours to play in it's entirety. It's a good mix where some holes are nice and long while others are shorter and technical. There are also a few really challenging and fun putts where the basket is just feet from the edge of a 10-15 foot ravine. Can make for really ballzie putts.

It's practically on the route from Central PA to Buffalo, NY or Niagara Fall if you're traveling Rt. 219. The park that the course resides in is very large and there are plenty of other things to do there so if you're on a trip with the fam, they can do other things in the park while you disc it up!

One final nice feature is a place just behind the main building (to the left of Hole #1) that can be used as a driving range of sorts. It's downhill and wide open so throw away and get some practice in why don't you!
Cons: While the holes have a great variety, some are just down-right impossible. The trees are just too thick on some holes with absolutely no clearing what-so-ever. Basically you'll be launching you disc tree to tree. It really stinks on Hole #18 because you can't even see the basket from the tee and there is basically no way to avoid the trees to get there. It would have been nice if some small clearings were made as tiny fairways of sorts.

Also, I played around 530PM on a Monday and the place was packed! There were large groups playing with 5+ people playing which slowed things down a bit. Groups were kind and let me play thru though. Lots of high-schoolers there playing / chatting / smoking so expect some bizarro stuff if you're going after school ends for the day.

One final con was that it was SUPER muddy. I'm told it hadn't rained there in days, yet some holes had giant mud pits you had to walk / putt through. It's likely due to the high foot traffic.
Other Thoughts: This being my first time to the park, I had a REALLY hard time finding the first tee/hole. Basically you want to park in the GIANT parking lot at the main entrance (there will be a giant, green sign there for Chestnut Ridge Park). Once parked, head over to the main building (looks like a big camp hall) and go to the right side of the building. The first tee is the dirt pad on the right-back side of the building and you are throwing your disc down the hill, over the fence on the right to hit the hole in the wooded area at the bottom of fence. This was very strange to me.

I also was a little disappointed with the tees. They were just dirt (which I had read in other reviews) but really you can forget about having three to choose from. Most of the blue tees were mud pits and there were tree roots everywhere! It made it difficult to get a big approach for long drives. Frankly all the players I saw on the course throw from the same spot. Sometimes it's the white tees, sometimes it's the blue. It all depends on the mud really. If it's your first time playing there I highly suggest staying behind a group so you can see where they throw from and where the holes are. Better yet, ask if you can join them. With being so close to Canada, you're sure to meet up with some friendly folk! I'll be playing there again next time thru (although I will be bringing some other shoes to wear).

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  Fun, challenging course

1    8/24/2011   8/24/2011
Review By: JacksonV1993
Played: 4  Reviewed: 1
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This a very challenging, yet fun course to play. I had fun here and was able to impress myself a lot, but it put up a big challenge for me at the same time. The course has a few open holes in the beginning, and several wooded holes throughout. This is a great course to work on accuracy, but there are a couple holes that allow you to throw bombs in the open
Cons: It is very easy to lose a disc on this course. The heavily wooded fairways and deep ravine make some discs difficult to locate. It doesnt help that there are several hills throughout the fairways that sometimes prevent you from seeing where it lands
Other Thoughts: Overall, this was an amazing course. My first time playing it I played two rounds, and would have easily played more if I had enough time. Although I would not reccomend this course for a beginner or first-timer, it is an excellent challenge for anyone with little experience to several years of experience. Two thumbs up

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 The Ridge

2-4    3/30/2011   4/4/2011
Review By: Chiefstang
Played: 93  Reviewed: 21  Exp: 8.4 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.

  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.

 The Ridge's Risky Ravine is Rewarding

1    7/23/2010   8/3/2010
Review By: zapplayer12
Played: 138  Reviewed: 40  Exp: 19.5 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.

 Winter Fun

2-4    1/15/2010   1/2/2010
Review By: TommyGun'n
Played: 75  Reviewed: 18  Exp: 11.4 Years
This review was updated on 1/15/2010
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.

 Das Ridge

5+    10/12/2008   10/24/2008
Review By: chuckgalbo
Played: 45  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 12.3 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.

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