Pronounced with a long I, not like the food
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -Excellent course for both beginners and experienced players
-Challenging, but very enjoyable
Cons: -Quite long
-Tee signs are a bit dated
-Moderate chance to lose discs
Other Thoughts: The Chili course at Widener Park is truly a fantastic place to throw some plastic. This course offers just about everything for any type of player. There are holes where you can really rip it, as well as some finesse shots to practice your lines.
The course has a really good flow to it, with holes 1 and 10 starting around the same area, making a mid round break very easy. The tee pads and baskets are in good condition for an older course, and it has always been very free of litter when I have played. What makes this course really fun are the different types of obstacles that you encounter. With tight fairways, anhyzer lines, and inverted bunkers, it makes for a challenging round for any player.
The biggest downside to this course is that it is long. Hole 11 is a beast at 911', as well at hole 18 at ~700'. This can make for a very long round. Also, there is a moderate chance to lose a disc on several holes along the edges as the brush in these areas grow unchecked. There are also several areas that are not mowed along the fairways, which makes a disc easily lost in the tall grass. The tee signs could use an update, but they give you an alright idea of what to shoot for.
Overall, this is a fantastic course to play, probably one of the best in the area. If you have friends that are new to the game, this would be my second pick in the Rochester area, behind Basil Marella. For a fun, longer round, I recommend coming out here. With an amazing course layout, I understand why this course was picked to hold the 1999 Pro Disc Golf World Championships.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
I really liked it alot
Pros: Nice wide open playing field.
Not much worry of losing a disc.
Fairly easy to find the next Tee pad.
Just enough obstacles to make it interesting.
Nice and quiet.
Nice parking lot.
Cons: Probably my only complaint is that it's super hard to see where the baskets are because they basically are all galvanized grey, no color to stand out. You can look right at it and not see it. They really need some color or something, especially since many of the holes are fairly long or well hidden behind obstacles.
Oh, and I only saw 2 red and 1 blue marker the entire course and I was really looking for them. If you're going to show them on each sign then they should be clearly visible so people could use them if they wish.
Other Thoughts: I LOVED this park! It was quiet and peaceful and just a pleasure to play through. The length of most (minus a few) holes was just perfect for really airing it out. I like the woods courses a lot but this was refreshing to only contend with a few trees or obstacles and just let it fly. It gave me a chance to try out some of my newer drivers and see what they do. I probably enjoyed the front 9 a bit more than the back 9 and could see myself playing the front 9 twice through sometimes. Though I didn't like 900' hole 11 I can see where a big arm would. That's where I would have liked to see the red and blue clearly marked. If no other hole, at least mark that one. This course is now one of my top 5 courses and I can't wait to play it again.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 20 Not
I love it!
Pros: I just love this course. Beautiful property. Unique vanity style obsticles. Gorgeous little sculpded fenced natural obsticles. Very beautiful water shots with great design around it. Nicely manacured fairways. Smoke shack silo is super cool. Course design works with wind stream.
Cons: Possible mesquito action. The super long basket is a little boring. Privacy may be an issue.
Other Thoughts: Just wonderful!
1 of 21 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: FYI, Chili DGC, is not pronounced like the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Long i, times two. I didn't know, until a local clued me in (thanks Marshall). The disc golf course has a little water, almost no elevation change, and a variety of widely spaced trees. I liked the first hole the best, playing a little downhill, and a big anhyzer RHBH, that I parked and hit the birdie putt. There are several long holes, and a pair of really long holes (911' on 11, and 719' on 18). Some OB, watch for white posts marking the edges of some fairways. Par 58 overall seemed about right to me, I scored 60 on my first and only round. There are concrete tees with decent signs, and Mach 3 baskets. Circular tin shack on the back 9 looked cozy, provides a rare bit of shade.
Cons: Very open, not overly technical. I played during nearly perfect weather, but I'm sure wind is often a factor, and exposure to the sun is unavoidable. The distance is the main obstacle on a few holes, sort of repetitious, but making the most of what is there. Layout isn't too confusing, but a course map may come in handy. Keep your dog on a tie, leash law breakers will get a $200 ticket. There were cops finishing a report on a car break in when I showed up, with a distraught looking couple and broken glass on the ground.
Other Thoughts: Chili is a pretty solid course, and worth a play. Liked what I saw, but not enough pizzaz. Really felt like a ball golf course, tree canopy will rarely limit airspace or force tight lines. Well equipped and well established, mostly clean and nicely kept. 3.75 rating would be my call, I will round up to for on the merit of the front 9, and the two monsters on the back. May cause soreness of the arm, especially if played in succession with additional rounds.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Wide Open Spaces
Pros: Concrete teepads, mostly maintained fairways, wide open spaces, and just a little bit of everything to play with. Trees on most holes, but nothing that is closed up. Some righty holes, some lefty. Lots of straight shots. A few over mild water. A few really long holes and a couple short ones. There are benches set up frequently throughout the course which is nice since it is pretty long. And you will probably only lose a disc in high grass if you don't look long enough. Good course over all to play a round.
Cons: A couple spots are perpetually muddy. A few actual bridges ought to be installed over the creek instead of logs. The tee signs are not helpful at all, take a map. There are supposedly a second set of tees, but if you can find them then you are already a daily player of the course because they are just stakes in the ground. The wind is terribly unpredictable out there too. Bathrooms available sometimes, other times not.
Other Thoughts: If you want someplace to go air it out this is the place. If you want someplace to test out the flight path of your disc... you have about a 75% chance of wind.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
- Nice concrete tees
- Excellent hand painted signs showing layout, par, and distances. (wish they drew the short/mid tees on them)
- Natural course flow with 2 9 hole loops.
- Bathrooms & pavilion on site
- The course is beautifully maintained very clean.
- There is very little elevation on site, but what is here is well used including a few man made mounds, elevated pins, and an elevated tee.
- A few creative obstacles such as a small windmill and a corn crib guarding a basket add character.
- 2 very long holes (911' & 716' par 4s) with a few short ones (207' & 223') to give both the long & short armed players some fun. Most other holes are ~350-400' par 3s.
-Very little lost disc opportunity. Don't be afraid of the 7 holes marked as water - they are almost all just a ditch that is pretty easy to find your disc in. Not much high grass. The brush that is there around the outside is good at knocking discs back in play and if not is fairly open once inside. The only hazard that is a pain are the abundant disc eating pine trees - but those can be solved with a hockey puck.
Cons: - There is not a lot of shot variety and very few forced lines. Most play almost straight ahead down the fairway where any shot will do as long as your placement is good. This became crystal clear to me when I was showing this course to someone who had never played and I found myself repeatedly saying something along the lines of "there is the pin (straight ahead) keep it in the fairway and make sure aren't in jail behind that pine tree" when explaining the holes.
- It is wide open with very little shade. Bring lots of water and don't forget the sunscreen.
- 3 sets of tees are useless when you can't find the mid & short tees. I've been through quite a few times and I've yet to locate them all. I pretty much consider this course to just have long tees.
Other Thoughts: Although the course is very open they have done a good job with the trees that they have to create a variety of chokepoints. Most holes have a gap (although usually generous) that you must hit and if you miss it you find yourself in jail behind a very large pine tree or 3.
Overall I really like this course and it always provides a good test to my game. I just wish there was a bit more variety in play here to bring this to the next level. I was very close to giving it a 4.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Easy to drive to from downtown and offers a very rural and scenic experience. Lots of wildlife to be seen, which is nice and lots of small touches that would indicate this course has been worked on and thought about. I really liked the silo and the windmill, my dog loved the creek. The holes weren't hard to find or play (I brought a map, but didn't need to use it).
Cons: Although there are trees and other obstacles, almost everything can be navigated by throwing over because of the openness. Most of the holes are short par 3's, but 11 and 18 are over 600 feet. I didn't quite understand why there were three different distance markers and I had no idea which one pertained to the cement tee I was throwing from, but it didn't really matter to me because I'm new at the sport.
Other Thoughts: Great course well worth the visit. The front 9 are mostly straight par 3's, although 6 has an early dog leg left that was fun to play (as a lefty). The back 9 was more interesting starting with #10 which has a hard right break after about 150 feet. #11 is a long straight hole, #14 is a dog leg right and #18 is a long dog leg left. Clearly, whoever made this course spent a lot of time designing it and it's well worth a visit.
7 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: Well maintained and challenging. Good mix of long and short holes.
Cons: Very narrow fairways compared to Ellison and high ruff that you need to search through for your disc if it goes wide at all.
Other Thoughts: Would recommend playing here.
1 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Great Day of DGing in the Sun!
Pros: * Nice concrete tee boxes
* Excellent signage
* Beautiful meadow that is pretty well maintained
* Baskets are in great condition
* Very quiet
* There are a couple monster holes, 700+ feet that were a lot of fun to play.
Cons: * Could have used more wooded areas, but still the open play is fantastic.
* There was a lot of trash in the parking lot and at various holes along the course
* Park was hard to find from road due to no sign for "Widemer Park". You should instead be looking for a small sign for Baker Park.
Other Thoughts: Overall I loved playing here. Not as much as I loved playing Parma (mainly due to the mix of woods and fields there), but this was a close second. The course was beautiful, challenging enough for veterans, but easy enough for newbies. There is a lot of open space and it gets plenty of sun, so I can't imagine it getting too muddy or wet. I had a lot of fun at this course and will definitely be back.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Long-n-wide concrete teepads. Two nine-hole loops. Excellent online map.
Pretty and well manicured. Lots of nice, little touches (e.g. a mini-windmill). Area dedicated to disc golf. Set upon a fairly flat piece of land, with the occasional random slope. Bordered on three sides by rows of trees. A tiny stream runs across a section of the course.
Single basket location.
While the signs at the long tee locations indicate that there are two other (middle=red, short=blue) tee location per hole, it wasn't until the last couple of holes that these small, in-ground markers made themselves easily visible.
The main theme of the course is its choke points. While the majority of the fairways are quite broad, there typically will be trees and/or bushes forming choke points 100'~200' from the tee. Additionally, most every green will also be guarded by trees/bushes squeezing the approach as well. While only a few of these choke points would be considered tight, the steady diet of them will need to be overcome to score well.
From the long tees, there are a few long (four > 400') and short (two < 225') holes, but most fall into the ~300~400' range. Straight off the tee will serve you well in most cases, except for numbers 1, 10, and 12 (rights) and number 6 (left).
For the most part, the fairways are wide enough, and separated by scattered trees, that cross-fairway encroachment should be fairly minimal. The most dangerous spot is a right-to-left tee shot from tee-16 passing over tee-7.
Favourite hole #6: Needing an early left-turner from the tee, the mid-fairway and green-area contains small pockets of trees/bushes, making for a very challenging approach.
The corn crib, or whatever it is near basket-17, makes a distinctive thumping-sound if you happen to hit with your approach - or airmail a 35' putt past the basket, as I did.
Very nice course, worth a play if in the area.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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