I played 4 courses in the Buffalo, NY area today, all run by a Niagara area club. They are all in decent to great shape, mostly well marked and easy to play.
I was en route to Farnham, when my gps said I was in Orchard Lake, so I stopped and re-programmed it to play Orchard Lake (Chestnut Ridge) first. This course is INSANELY tight from the blue-long tees. Many shots have no line, throw a putter then a putter on 300' holes. The other tees were more realistic and made a great course. It is very challenging I shot well over par. There is a ravine along most holes, that is maybe 60-80' down and too steep to climb. I don't know what they do to retrieve their discs, because it's dangerous to go down there, most times not even possible even with a rope. I guess they walk a long way back to the shallow part and treck upstream. The water is like 1/2" deep though and trickles over the rocks. This course is a must-play because of the land and the fact that it keeps you on your toes. I recommend short tees first so you get a feel for it.
Next at Evangola State Park in Farnham, NY I was lucky to arrive 30 seconds behind two guys going out to play a round. They were ALREADY (very new) members of DGR'US. We played the long tees. This course is very open, with enough trees to craft shots, and there's almost no chance for 2's because of the length from long tees. It plays 9 up one side of a road and 9 back. There is some water, but not the kind to rob your disc. Well maintained and marked. Decent grass teeing areas. Very tough, I shot something like +4 with just two 2's (back to back). Those guys bomb for relative newbies to the game. This makes a good tournament course.
Como Lake Park in Lancaster, NY- this course has it's ups and downs. There are 3 sets of grass tees, good signage and baskets. One thing that stands out the most is that often you have to walk 1,000 ft to the next hole, the park is divided by a river and there's only 2-3 bridges, it's the only way to do it so it takes a long time to play. It is also mostly open, with no real deep woods. They use MANDOS to force shots on holes I'd otherwise throw a different way. I am not down with that, it doesn't let me take advantage of the shots I am good at, which leads to no competitive advantage. I played longs, and there is NO score variation here. Boring Scoring I am gonna call it. I shot +1, with 17 THREES and 1 FOUR. Most holes are 390-500, meaning usually an easy 3 unless you make a big mistake, and also meaning no shot at 2 usually with the trees in play and water. That's just from longs and for the game I play. I found a disc on a fairway, and was able to return it to it's owner :).
Pinewoods Park in North Tonawanda, NY: - I cannot comment much on this course, as I was unable to find ONE tee-pad. There is so signage, not even on the baskets (as it says in guide) so I had to play safari. Nice park, maintained grass with lots of trees in an open area.