This course is a fairly new course that plays along a creek and has several holes that play right along the edge of the creek. I believe the designer did a nice job of utilizing the space available to create a course that complements the other course that is just to the west. The other course is one of the oldest courses in the state (Crestview West). There are a few holes (14-17) that are more open and play in a large open area of the park.
Even though there are a lot of woods holes, most of them have a different feel and shot shape. There are straight tunnel shots, left to right, right to left, RHBH turnover shots, and once you get out of the woods, there are some more open shots that don't involve the creek. There isn't a lot of elevation change, but the course uses it effectively.
Even though this was my first time playing the course, the navigation wasn't too difficult. UDisc helped, but the course flowed pretty well and didn't have any crazy walks between holes or a lot of backtracking. If you aren't playing with a local or don't have a map, just be aware that hole 7's tee is very close to hole 2's basket. To get to 3's tee, you go down a set of steps towards the creek.
The baskets are red Dynamic Discs Veterans, and they catch well. Two holes have the basket suspended attached to a tree (hole 7 and hole 10), and hole 13 has an elevated basket, adding to the fun factor for those holes.
I think most of the wooded holes have a fair gap or gaps off of the tee to try and hit, with only one or two holes that I think I are a bit unfair or extremely difficult. Most of the wooded holes are fairly short, around the 175-225 foot range, but being so wooded, the distances are appropriate.
I would not consider this a beginner friendly course. Even advanced players (and probably professionals) will hit trees more than once while playing a round. There are several spots where a bad tree kick will send your disc into the rough or the creek. Hole 1, hole 3, hole 9, and hole 10's baskets all play very close to the creek, (within about 10 feet of a drop-off). Hole 13's elevated basket is also close to the creek, and if you're putting back towards the creek and don't hit metal, there's a good chance your disc will be swimming.
As of right now (5-6-2020), the tee pads are grass/dirt, and there are no tee signs yet as well. I know the course is new, so I'm assuming that those are in the process of being updated/installed. However, some of the tees are short or uphill or not level. Hole 4's tee area is slanted and uphill by a good amount, making footing really tricky and Hole 9's tee is extremely short and uneven. The tees are marked with little red patches of fibers sticking up from the ground. It took me a little to find hole 1's tee, even though it's right by the big sign at the southeast park of the main parking area.
Holes 3 and 4 are the most treacherous in terms of dangerous fairways. 3's fairway is littered with trees, and if your disc goes right, it's probably going in the creek. If it goes left, bad rough.
I already mentioned hole 4's tee pad, then the initial fairway goes sharply uphill and to the right with lots of trees and the basket is hidden from the tee. Again, a tree kick to the right means down the slope towards the creek. Holes 10 and 11 also have the creek just to the right of the fairway, and again, just the wrong tree kick will send your disc towards the creek.
There are a couple cool holes with some fun but not gimmicky features.
Hole 2 is short, around 180 feet, but it's a tunnel shot over the creek and slightly uphill. You can see the basket straight through the gap. Both backhand and forehand are an option, depending on your preferred throwing style.
Hole 7 has the basket hanging from a tree, but there is danger lurking with a street being just to the right of the basket. Again, both backhand and forehand are an option.
Hole 13 is definitely the "signature" hole. It is a left to right shot around 260 feet (DGCR says 250, UDisc says 270). The fairway is straight for 180 or so, but then the gap curves right and goes directly over the creek, meaning you have to make a decision to go for it, or lay up and throw across for par. To clear the creek from one side to the other is probably around 60 feet, so it's an intimidating shot. There is a designated drop zone at the edge of the drop-off, and the elevated basket makes for some more pressure filled putts.
Overall, I think this is a really nice addition to the courses in Topeka. If you're a beginner, I would not recommend playing this one until you're more comfortable hitting your gaps. But, if you are looking to play a course with a lot of tight, technical shots with putters and midranges, this is a good course for you. If you're more of a wide open, no trees kind of player, you may not enjoy this one as much. I enjoyed the challenge of it, and managed to grab a couple birdies during my round. I will give it a ranking of very good (3.5), although the inconsistent tees, higher chance of losing discs to the creek, and it being less beginner friendly keep me from giving it an excellent (4.0) rating.