Shore Winds Disc Golf Course
The course is set in beautiful Lakeside Beach State Park on the shores of Lake Ontario. Nice mix of open and alley shots with some thick rough on the last few holes. Course has tees and signage.
- Maps available at park gate and near first tee
- The park is open daily form 6am to 11pm.
- Disc Golf is available year-round
- Seasonal admission to the park is free before 10am and $6/car after that.
Park Webpage: http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/161/details.aspx
The park (Lakeside Beach State Park) and courses are located on Lake Ontario between Buffalo and Rochester just west of Albion. From Rochester you can follow the Lake Ontario Parkway all the way to the end. You can also take Rt 98 North to the end and jump on the Lake Ontario Parkway or veer left onto Rt 18 and follow for a couple of miles until you see the signs for the park.
The “White” course had its grand opening on July 19, 2010, it was designed by Tom Rowland and Paul Stevens. Funding came from their capital program through the state park’s regional engineering department headed by David Herring and all approvals where done by the General Park Manager Richard Parker and the Agency Albany Office.
The first nine was installed and playable in late September 2009 with the back nine open for play by mid-November. All work was done by the seasonal staff. Plans are underway to add another 18-hole course at the park.
Design for the “Blue” course started in May of 2010, with a completed course up and ready for play in October of the same year. Park manager Tom Rowland and his crew spent countless hours leveling overgrown fields, creating fairways and clearing brush to create a unique disc golf course that is both demanding and provides some spectacular views of Lake Ontario. Also, known as the “The Beast”, the Blue course is approximately 9,000 ft in length, hence it’s nickname. Yet with its distance, the course still offers four ace runs, including hole 13 that has players throwing from the top of a bluff down to a basket with Lake Ontario awaiting slightly overthrown discs or those discs that end up left of the pin. With its proximity to one of the Great Lakes, players often experience strong and swirling winds. Three sets of tees do allow for all levels of players. Paul Stephens, who helped design the first Shore Winds course with Rowland, also assisted in the design of the second Lakeside course. Like the first course, New York State Parks paid for the baskets and their installation.