The Ellison Park Disc Golf Course is located on the east side of Rochester N.Y. It is a championship-caliber hillside course featuring grassy fairways and tall trees. All types of elevation come into play, with uphill, sidehill and downhill fairways. Signature holes include hole #7 measuring 528 feet down a steep hill to the basket; the hole affords a spectacular view of the Irondequoit Creek Valley. The 590 foot hole #17 features a tricky fairway that slopes down to the right, leading errant shots to a row of trees bordered by an OB road.
The baskets at this course are removed every winter before the snow falls, and are re-installed by the county every spring once the ground is dry enough!
The course was designed by Royce Racinowski, Jim Palmeri and Jamie Moldt and was completed in 1989. In preparation for the 1999 Pro Worlds, parts of the course were redesigned by Doug Corea and Bob Nelson. In 2002, Doug Corea organized fund raising to install new tee signs.
The Ellison Park disc golf course was first laid out and used in the spring of 1975 as the disc golf course for the Rochester Frisbee Club.
In 1975, the Rochester Frisbee Club changed its weekly summer tournament series to Ellison Park from St. John Fisher College. The weekly events included an 18 hole round of disc golf and one or two other disc events.
The temporary course that they set up each week occupied the same general area as used for today’s permanent course, and had the same general configuration. The site was used for the club’s series through 1977, and also hosted 18 holes of the 36 holes set up for the 1976 and 1977 American Flying Disc Open (AFDO) events which were part of the big Wham-O NAS tournament series.
Due to budget considerations, the Monroe County Parks department decided to close down the Landing Road portion of Ellison Park at the end of the 1977 summer. They stopped grass cutting and all other upkeep in that area. The grass grew to waist deep height and rendered the area useless for disc golf. From 1978-1983, all disc golf events in the Rochester area were held at St. John Fisher college, or at the Genesee Valley Park disc golf course which was permanently installed in August of 1980.
In 1984, the Rochester Frisbee Club Hosted the PDGA World Championships. They convinced the Monroe County Parks Department that the Landing Road portion of Ellison Park would be a perfect venue for the event. The parks department spent all summer cutting and grooming the area in preparation for the tournament. The Rochester Frisbee Club designed a 36 hole disc golf course, separated into two distinct courses. The first course was based on the design first used at Ellison park in 1975, and the second course was shoe-horned in-between and around the perimeter of the original course. The courses turned out well and were well received by the disc golf community that came to Rochester that year.
The neighbors of the park loved the groomed look of the park and petitioned to have it maintained in its present state. This set up the potential to do more disc golf at Ellison Park.
In 1986, Royce Racinowski, Jim Palmeri and Jamie Moldt redesigned the course layout in anticipation of using it for the 1986 American Flying Disc Open, as well as for the effort they were making to get the course installed as a permanent facility. Three year’s later in 1989, the dream of a permanent course finally came to pass. The Racinowski, Palmeri and Moldt design was updated in 1998 in anticipation of Rochester hosting the 1999 PDGA World disc golf championships.
In the Spring of 2014, a redesign proposed by Jamie Moldt (PDGA #189) was implemented with the help of club members and the Monroe County Parks Dept.
- 18 Mach3 Baskets
- Rubber Tee Pads
- Course Length: 6,234 ft
- 9 holes < 300 ft
- 5 holes 300-400 ft
- 4 holes > 400 ft