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  Emery Park

5+    5/23/2010   5/27/2010
Review By: mcriely
Played: 5  Reviewed: 1
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Every hole in this course is both difficult and rewarding. The course forces you to become a better player because of the wide array of routes you can find yourself attempting to throw on any given hole. The open fields reward big arms, and the wooded front nine reward accurate throwers. he scenery is simply amazing. Hole 1 is the funnest hole I've ever played.
Cons: Course can get muddy early spring, and make sure you bring your bug spray!
Other Thoughts: Excellent course Chad!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Great course, but in it's infancy

1    11/24/2009   12/1/2009
Review By: jonnieoh
Played: 13  Reviewed: 12
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Amazing elevation changes, scenery, distance, and few, if any other people around. Waterfalls.
Cons: Muddy, muddy and muddy. Tee boxes are very hard to find. Worst yet, the so-called "gold" championship tee box bricks are painted with a gold that is so light in color, it is VERY EASY to confuse it as the white tee box. On about 6 holes, we mistakenly teed off from the gold tee, thinking it was the white (closer to the basket) tee. I am not a pro, and would appreciate being a throw closer to the basket, thank you very much. This problem can easily be solved by painting the gold tees bright yellow. Also, a very friendly, yet annoying dog from down the road followed us for 5 holes, fetching every disc we threw, putting teeth marks into several of our discs, before the angry owner drove up and took her home, apologetically. Hopefully this was a rare instance.
Other Thoughts: This course, though unfinished, is amazing. One of my favorites, ever. This park is perfectly suited for a disc golf course. The final basket (hole 18), is perfectly placed in a stand of old pine trees. There could easily be another 18 hole course added to this park, (yes, please!). You have to go play it! Just make sure you wear waterproof hiking boots, and clear 3 to 4 hours out of your schedule first!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Emery Park

5+    9/1/2009   9/20/2009
Review By: Bglo
Played: 5  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 8.3 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This was by far the longest course i've ever played, every hole could be a signature hole at any course. From the first hole down the ski hill to the gap on hole 11.
Cons: It says there is a hole 11a but i couldnt find it
Other Thoughts: I would deffinantely reccomend this course to anyone. But bring your walking shoes.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 We came, we saw, it kicked our butts!!

2-4    9/6/2009   9/6/2009
Review By: trainhawk2468
Played: 26  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 10.1 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great variety and mix of difficulty. It is now our favorite course in the area. A "must play" course for everyone.
The new tee signs are excellent. On our first visit there were none. It was difficult then, but now it is easy. If you look closely at the signs it tells you exactly where you are or need to go. Easy...if you pay attention.
Cons: Course can be muddy because of terrain. As another mentioned, there are a few places that can tear up disc for the lesser players.
Other Thoughts: Wish there were more holes :)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 A Real Man's Course

5+    8/30/2009   9/4/2009
Review By: OzzyMac
Played: 18  Reviewed: 17  Exp: 16.6 Years
This review was updated on 4/19/2010
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great variety of holes. Lots of "signature" holes. Beautiful surroundings (amazing waterfalls), nice design, 4 tee spots. Very clear the proper routes to throw, and water comes in to play just enough (not too much)

UPDATE: Added Big Red Arrows to guide you through the course. This is a huge plus as the course is now easily navigated. Also, the paths are starting to become more established, which also helps to keep you on track. Can't wait to see this place in 5 years, once it's really established.
Cons: Get your walking shoes on because this place is a WORKOUT. 2 miles of holes, which could be a major con if you're not in good shape. Some holes are a bit too long, especially for amatuers & beginners. The ravine plays on a few holes, and it's REALLY far down if you go down there. One hole plays up an old road, which could be damaging to discs.
Other Thoughts: Found a geo-cache on one of the holes, which was an amazing bonus.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 workout in the woods.

1    8/22/2009   8/22/2009
Review By: prerube
Played: 250  Reviewed: 222  Exp: 10.4 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 18 holes with multiple tees, many of which would be signature holes anywhere else.
course had a great mix of variety in elevation, open and tight holes, and tons of unique obsticles.
Trees were strategically planted and baskets were carefully placed to make you really think about your shots. On many holes putting requires major decisions that can make or break your game (baskets on mounds, hills, near water)
The hole surrounded by tees is a nice grand finale for the round at hole 18.
Cons: There is a lot of throwing blind, waiting to see the basket. It was hard to know where exactly to throw. There were also holes where you have to throw towards picnic tables. (drunks are not cool when an Orc ends up in their potato salad)
Tees were often difficult to find. I had a guide, but if I went back, even after playing it, I would not know where to go without a guide.
There needs to be arrows or signs directing you to the next basket. You will already be walking alot, you will not want to walk any extra than you need to.
(just a note: just walking from gold tee to basket on each hole is over 2 miles, that does not count the walk between baskets or walking after your discs. Plan on playing here for hours)
Par is extremely hard to acheive, the average score is around 15 strokes over par.
Other Thoughts: I like long courses, but this course went over board with an average distance of 520 feet (from blue tees) and one hole over 1,000 feet. However the scenery was great every step of the way. so it is not a pro or a con.
Bugs were a small problem, but I can't fault the course, I have played through far worse. Bring bug spray!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 First time

1    8/11/2009   8/11/2009
Review By: Joshh4490
Played: 3  Reviewed: 2
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: As a newer player, this course gave me a good lesson on throwing my disc FAR. Which the Ridge only does once or twice. Trees not really a huge factor. Interesting scenery. The signs are nice but..... ALSO No crowd...
Cons: Very muddy on the front few holes. Lots of standing water, lots of bugs. Didn't bring a map and the signs (GRR on the 18) don't explain where the next tee is always so well. Was like a treasure hunt finding some tees and signs..
Other Thoughts: Get ready to to alot of walking.. if it's rained recent ,, play hole 1, then the back nine.. skip the mud hike through 2-8. BRING drinks. Girls ,, the only working bathroom i saw was near hole 14 or 15..Still a good time. Oh and P.S... follow the road to find the 18th hole,, just past the white building... forget the arrow !!!!!!!!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Possibly the toughest in WNY

2-4    7/27/2010   7/3/2009
Review By: ssejhill
Played: 16  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 16.2 Years
This review was updated on 7/28/2010
Pros: Great variety of woods, open holes, elevation changes, longer holes and 4 tees to choose from.

Loved the last 10 holes.

[edit] The course was considerably drier this time around. Foot paths are getting nicely worn and signage is awesome. Arrows pointing the way to the next tee are extremely helpful! The other noticeable Pro about the course is how clean and well kept it is. Let's hope it stays that way for a long time.]
Cons: The first 9 may be a bit much of the back woods and mud. We played after a steady week of on and off rain in WNY so the course was very wet and muddy. The paths between several holes were nearly impassable due to the mud. Later in the summer or fall, when the weather gets a little bit drier, might make for a much more pleasurable round.
Other Thoughts: Being our first time here, even with maps and scorecards, the course is a little hard to follow. It would be very helpful if the sign makers marked a "you are here" location on the sign so the tees could be found a little easier in relation to where you are standing. Bring waterproof shoes with very good traction to walk through the muck along the course.

[edit] This course seems to reward accuracy over distance for about 75% of the holes. Pick your shots well through the wooded holes and you will do far better. Be prepared to leave with a tired arm as the total distance on this course is LONG. Nearly 10% longer from the White Tees, 25% longer from the Blue Tees and a whopping 45% longer from the Gold Tees than Como Parks Blue Tees. And Como Park is no slouch in terms of distance as it previously was one of the longest courses in Western NY]

 Amazing Course

2-4    6/30/2009   7/3/2009
Review By: Sche3067
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 11.4 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The hole placements are extremly well placed. I loved how long each hole ias well. With 4 diffrent tees, it caters to almost everyones skill level. The front 9 is one of the hardest 9 I have ever played (way harder than chestnut ridge). The scenery and a few select path are really nice to view as you make your way through the course. This course also tests your accuracy, as well as your ability to shoot diffrent ways. SInce this course is very long, you will not have to wait for others to throw and said before you barely have to worry about other persons discs.
Cons: -sometimes the path you walk through are not mowed and it seems like your walking through tall grass.
-Some paths can be muddy like from hole 2 to 3
-It is easy to get lost if it is your first time
-Not enough signs tell you where to go to get to the course or even around the course.
Other Thoughts: -Take a Map with you!!!!!!!
-Bring water
-Most people there are willing to help you if your lost (or if you dont have water)

-This course is still very new so I would asume that these cons posted above will eventually get taken care of.
- I myself really dont care about the mud or tall grass but some people might want to know about that so i put it in my review

I loved hole one!!! you cant beat a 1000 ft hole :)

In my opinion this is the best course in WNY

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


1    6/22/2009   6/22/2009
Review By: MotoAce51
Played: 6  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 8.4 Years
This review was updated on 5/31/2010
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: UPDATED: Long, challenging, and tons of fun. Me and a couple friends live close to Emery so we play there a bunch. Without a map the course is difficult to navigate but every Tee had signs to show you where everything was. This still confused people and we had to show them where to go but it was a lot better. You can get a map at site under the courses section (along with scorecards listing par and average distance of each hole). They recently put up a Kiosk with score cards and maps and that was nice to see. There were some new people there when we were and they appreciated it. A lot of people couldnt find the first tee but had no issues after that. Near each basket there were arrows on trees or somewhere pointing to where the next tee is. Last time we were there, we were very unsure where the baskets were but recently nice large flags have been installed to the tops of the baskets. The flags help determin where the basket is through the trees and obsticles.

Just learning was difficult since we cant drive too far but it did help a lot on technique. I doubled my driving distance today. Fewer people playing along the course than at other places made it a lot of fun too, you weren't stuck waiting, and you didn't have to worry about getting hit by other peoples discs.
Cons: Not a huge con but the ravine was scary. I was nervous to lose my disc because it didn't look too easy to go down the sides. After going to the park a few times we found a set of stairs near hole 9 that allows you to go down into the ravine if you lose your disc on 8 or 9. Some tee's were still harder to find if you didnt know where they were but not too bad. On the back 9 there was a tee next to a jungle gym. It would be nice to move the tee on 16 a little to the right so your not so close to the kids playing. I have no issues here but I have seen noobs messing around and having issues.
Other Thoughts: The signs at each hole were new and accurate. It helped find where the course went, it was nice seeing an arrow after the baskets showing you where to go for the next tee. The grounds were also very clean and not trashy there was no noticable garbage and it didnt seem like ratts were playing there. I have played here many times and never have a dissapointment. Its a long course and really helps your accuracy. When we were noobs, first time here it took 3 people almost 4 hours to complete (includes searching for a lost disc, and stopping at the store in between the first and last set.) Now, we can power through a round in about 2 relaxed hours. The course is long and you can play at a nice pace and have fun. Some holes seem extremely long and its nice to see how far you can drive. If you dont splice your shot really bad the long holes are not that bad but if you mess up you can easily get a high score on that hole. A friend of mine shot a 12 on hole 1 since he couldnt stay out of the woods. The starting blocks were well painted, but could use another more permanent indicator other then the flags. All in all, this is my favorite course and it really helps my game.

I have moved out of town and just played here twice this weekend and my shoulder is so sore. The course was updated and looks beautiful. Thank you for all your hard work. Everyone involved did a wonderful job and it is very appreciated.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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