2 Helpful / 6 Not
9 is enough!
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.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Challenging and fair Pars
Pros: Course designed around the Ravine make for challenging and yet go for it opportunities.You will need to test most all your shots through this course. Release well and score well,If your a little off it could be a long day. I have had it both ways
Cons: OK I saw at least two trash containers on this course ,but that wasnt enough as there were beer bottles and cans all over. If only people would be more considerate and pack out what they packed in.The back nine seemed a little haphazard when compared to the thought out well front nine.
Other Thoughts: Want to play course again and again
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Excellent all around course, very challenging 18 through the woods snaking over and around a deep gorge and creek. Lots of elevation change, both throwing downhill and uphill.
Cons: Can be a bit frustrating at times, alot of densly wooded fairways. You will hit trees. Other than the occasional cry for a chainsaw... no substantial cons.
Other Thoughts: This is my home course, about 5 min. away. I play at least 5 rounds a week here. I have heard and read alot of complaints about "RIDGE RATS" making a mess, Look, this is a very very popular and heavily played course. Instead of complaining about the mess. DEMAND GARBAGE CANS!
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
I love/hate this course
Pros: I got hooked on disc golf at this course. The front nine are the toughest, starting off going down, then coming back up, a steep grade with the ever present ravine on your right. The back nine is much flatter, though still densely wooded and incorporating the creek and ravine. The ravine on the back nine is much smaller and not so deep. This course is so well designed, so deceptive. They've made excellent use of the ravine as a hazard, often placing baskets within feet of the edge. Going for it can punish your score sheet, and a moment's lapse in focus usually means a hike- which I view as a plus due to the exercise. There are plenty of ways to get safely down into the creek, so don't fret. I've never lost a disc here in two years.
Cons: The tees are a mess. Muddy when wet, roots, rocks, uneven- Watch your step- it'd be easy to twist an ankle here.
The saddest thing is that disrespectful people litter and wreck the forest, ruining one of Western New York's gems. This old hardwood forest is a treasure, along with the 'New Deal' free-standing stone structures and architecture. I guess you can't change people, but I agree that more garbage cans would help. Show some respect!!!
Do yourself a favor and print a map from nrdg.net site. Many people get turned around and miss #13 & #14.
Other Thoughts: I'd love to see improvements in the tees and creek crossings and signage, but until the destruction ends, who would invest in it? Some tree pruning would be great, I've often sworn to bring a saw. :)
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Technical and challenging wooded course will severely punish an errant throw, but with little chance of actually losing a disc. The danger of the ravine is a bit overstated; if you backtrack far enough you can usually find an easy and safe way down to your disc.
Most of the course is shaded, making it a good choice on a hot summer day.
Pretty scenery, elevation changes, and hundreds of trees to either damn or cheer, depending on where they deflect your disc to. Red, white, and blue tees truly play to their intended level, from an enjoyable jaunt in the park to a maddening sharpshooter's challenge.
Cons: Young, inconsiderate "Ridge Rats" sometimes frequent the course, and litterbugs abound. More garbage cans would help alleviate the situation.
Teeboxes can be a muddy mess during rainy periods.
The course dearly needs better signage, as almost every new player gets lost trying to find 10 and 13 for the first time.
Other Thoughts: The Ridge can quickly become an obsession for local players, despite its minor faults. A few inches here, a few inches there can be the difference between an excellent round and an embarrassment. Players who rely on a big distance drive off the tee will be cut down to size here; deadly accuracy and the ability to thow a variety of lines are far more valuable.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Nice Scenic Course
Pros: The scenery is tough to beat, This is a nice wooded 18 hole course that rivals the other Buffalo courses. Multiple tess pads provide variety in distances.
Nice elevation changes. I really like the double ditch shot at hole 9
Cons: missing signage slows down the game a little. The ravine is a constant pain in the butt and at times can become an extreme hazard.
Some holes cross other holes paths and it can get confusing.
Other Thoughts: don't worry too much about throwing your good plastic, there is a small possibility of disc loss, but nothing like Como Lake.
One of the best wooded courses I have played in any state, but bring someone who knows the course if possible.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Hard shots with trees in almost every shot. Alot of variety, every hole is different. This is a great place to work on your accuracy. I recommend you skip the red tee's and go straight for the whites tee's for max fun. But also the Blues are a good challange for any player. After your done take a look at buffalo the view is great.
Cons: Most signs are missing. Ask around if you cant find hole 13 and 14. Watch your step. Lastly please be careful climbing down the gorge. Sometimes it better to walk all the way to hole 3 or up to go 9 and get your disc's back.
Other Thoughts: Bring a map if you can so you can find 13, 14. Alot of people walk right by.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Challenging; which makes a good throw all the more satisfying. Heavy tree cover provides cover from wind as well as shade from the sun on hot days. Diverse holes that each provide a unique challenge and opportunities to try something new. The course makes awesome use of elevation change.
Cons: Holes are shorter so go elsewhere if you feel like throwing far.
Can get busy and is often populated by new and inconsiderate players.
Be careful not to slip and fall. I've taken tumble here and watched others do the same.
Other Thoughts: Could use some renovations on heavily eroding paths and degraded tee pads. Also, a few more garbage cans would be nice.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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