Topeka, KS 
Lake Shawnee Share
Uploaded By: scarpfish   (Taken 7/2009)
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Good road trip stop

2-4    12/28/2010   12/28/2010
Review By: kcplease
Played: 95  Reviewed: 31  Exp: 5.2 Years
This review was updated on 1/4/2013
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very well manicured in a park setting that does not share space with other activities-no picknickers on the fairway here. Concrete tees are in good shape as are most of the baskets, but I'll get into that a bit later. Trees are mostly mature and provide a decent amount of challenge. This course does, for the most part, favor the RHBH player, with the exception of holes 17,14, 8, and 3. Good variety of lengths keep you guessing on which disc to throw which always provides a fun challenge. Course flow well for the most part and makes good use of the hills around the lake.
Cons: The water is not always utilized to the extent it could be. Often the tee for the next hole is too close to the basket of the previous which can be a problem if the course is backed up. Trees don't provide much of a challenge for the post part and it seems the baskets are almost never in the most interesting of their pin locations. Tee signs would be a really nice addition. This can be seen as a pro to those who call this their home course- the baskets are all mixed and matched- Some are 20 year old DGAs, some brand new Mach 3's and everything in-between. You must adjust to the basket.
Other Thoughts: There is a severe lack of great land for courses in Kansas, and although this isn't a bad course, it isn't really a good one either. It's not a course to go well out of your way to play, but if you happen to be in the area, it's worth an hour of your time.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 

5+    9/27/2010   9/28/2010
Review By: kevinmzane
Played: 86  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 6.2 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has been nicely groomed every time I have been out here, and is very easy to navigate without a map. There are nice benches on the course and a couple of trash cans. Multiple pin placements that seem to be moved often. The teepads are large and in great shape. There isn't much elevation on this course, but enough to have some fun with and what they had to work with was used very nicely. I especially like how some of the baskets on the back 9 were in risky areas and the shot on 18 over the cove although it would definitely be overwhelming for beginners or rec players.
Cons: No restrooms on or near the course. There were no signs with any hole info other than hole #s on a stone next to the tee pad. Most of the front 9 can be pretty boring, especially on a calm day since there isn't much to navigate around and the wind would be your only hope for much of a challenge. A couple of the baskets could use some minor work, but nothing that would cause any trouble.
Other Thoughts: Maybe something as simple as some designated fairways with some marked OB would make the front 9 more entertaining.
Of the 3 courses I am familiar with in Topeka, this is always my first choice while passing through town.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Pretty surroundings, cool water shot, but lacks some challenge

5+    9/26/2009   10/3/2009
Review By: scarpfish
Played: 315  Reviewed: 95  Exp: 11.2 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Well maintained park. For at least the front nine, not much potential for losing a disc (The back nine is a different story). The open nature of the course, coupled with some moderate elevation, will provide beginners with a great place to learn how to manage wind. Arrows on the cement circles which surround the pins show direction to the next hole. You can also play some cool safari shots if you get bored with the traditional layout. The water shot over the cove on 18 is challenging. Small arms will likely not be able to get it over from the teepad, but there is room to park a layup on the shoreline. (Just don't go too far). Some of the pin locations on the back nine, some of which are tucked in the woods also have some good rollaway potential, so watch out on your approaches.
Cons: Big arms and pro level players will likely find this one a bit underwhelming. Rounds in the low 40's by pros aren't uncommon here. Nearly all of the pins can be parked easily provided you don't encounter a tree (and several of the holes don't have many to encounter). Wind, which can blow quite furiously here, may be your biggest obstacle to scoring well.
Other Thoughts: Yeah, its not blessed with the best set of trees, or a high degree of challenge, but I kind of find this course to be undervalued. Pros kind of look down upon it because its too easy. Rec players with just a few discs may shy away from it because of the water threat. It does compliment the Crestview course across town rather well. Worth a quick round if you're in Topeka.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.


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