Frolf Courses in Western New York
It’s fun, it’s played in the great outdoors, and it’s relatively inexpensive. Known as Frisbee golf, disc golf, or our favorite “frolf,” this sport’s popularity has grown in recent years, both professionally and recreationally, and WNY is no stranger to the game with over 20 courses of our own. We know that with so many options in the area it can be a little difficult deciding where to tee off first. Enter SOB! Here’s a list of some of the best courses around and where to find them.
Joseph Davis Disc Golf Course at Joseph Davis State Park
4143 Lower River Rd, Youngstown, NY 14174
Pack a lunch, because this course is a long one. 27 holes may seem daunting at first, and while it certainly can be, this course is well worth whatever fatigue may arise. Joseph Davis is an essential experience for any Frisbee golfer no matter their level of experience. Every hole presents different obstacles and no two holes share a ton of similarities.
With no waterways, this course presents a feasible, mostly flat terrain to navigate compared to other courses. But don’t be fooled, this course can still be very challenging. The first two holes seem to be pretty clear shots with little obstacles, but the farther you get into the course, the more obstacles appear. Most of the holes are relatively short, with Hole 15 presenting one of the longest distances. Most of the platforms for beginning each hole are next to or on the pathway of the previous hole. While this has the potential to become a little confusing, being aware of your surroundings and reading the maps should make this one easy to follow.
Hole 4 has the first significant obstacle, with a white arrow directing you around a tree to the right. Hole 20 presents a difficult shot over some trees and Holes 22 and 27 present tee offs that need to be narrow unless you want to go all the way around trees.
Black Diamond at Emery Park
2084 Emery Rd, South Wales, NY 14139
Located in Emery Park, this 19-hole course offers interesting obstacles for players with every hole. The terrain and elevation changes, making new and exciting landscapes to play through. Go down Emery Road past the park entrances until you reach a parking lot with a yellow ski lift. The first tee is on the right going downhill.
This course doesn’t have many water hazards, but it does have a lot of changes in elevation. You’ll be walking and playing up and downhill numerous times throughout this course, so be prepared. After you get past the very wooded and hilly front nine holes, the back nine are on flatter terrain and are more in the open.
Hole 2 presents the only significant water hazard to look out for, coming at the very end of the hole behind the basket. Putting too much height and power into your throw will likely send you fishing for your disc, so be careful.
The Ravine at Chestnut Ridge
6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127
Accuracy is essential when going through The Ravine. The 18-hole course will take you through some wooded areas that might have you slinging discs around or between trees, depending on how you frolf.
Holes 5-7 present the possibility of throwing your disc into the ravine on the right-hand side. Hole 7 presents the greatest possibility for this to occur.
The Lighthouse at Como Lake Park
2220 Como Park Blvd, Lancaster, NY 14086
The Lighthouse isn’t necessarily a beginner’s course, but along with Joseph Davis, it is probably one of the best courses to begin playing at for those less experienced.
The 18-hole course is pretty straightforward with no drastic elevation changes. There are several waterways, but if you don’t feel like taking a risk of losing your disc, take a stroke penalty or skip those shots altogether. Either way, the waterways shouldn’t deter you from playing at The Lighthouse.
Holes 8, 10 and 14 are the most significant waterways to look out for. Hole 15 on the left-hand side also presents a water hazard, as well as Hole 18 behind the basket. Don’t put too much power and height into your last shots.
Ellicott Creek Disc Golf Course at Ellicott Creek Park
1 Ellicott Creek Drive, Tonawanda, NY 14150
Looking to squeeze in a quick game somewhere during your busy day? Look no further. Ellicott Creek has a lot of short, compact holes that aren’t heavily wooded. The course has an easy-to-follow layout with little confusion about where to go next.
This course isn’t usually crowded, either. It’s perfect for beginners, and is simultaneously great for experienced players to get a quick round in or try out a new disc.
Beaver Island State Park
2136 W Oakfield Rd, Grand Island, NY 14072
Cost: $7 for parking during summer
Accessories/Rentals/Sales available at park office
This course offers a lot of open shots with some elevation changes. Beaver Island is well maintained with a nice layout and cement tee pads. Wind can become a big factor here with the Niagara River nearby, although it does make for some great scenery to play through.v