1 Helpful / 2 Not
Good road trip stop
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.
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.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
tops in topeka
Pros: very nice park, well maintained. nice teepads at every hole, easy to follow. water comes into play on a few of the last holes. good use of elevation. multple pin placements were available
Cons: was pretty windy when i played here, not really a con but more of a challenge.
Other Thoughts: the baskets were unique, some looked home made, this was definitly the better of the two 18 hole courses in topeka. there was a lot of un used land around the lake that was screaming to be used for an additional course.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Throw ‘em Hard & Put ‘em Away Wet
Pros: This course is mostly wide-open, with a few trees, some water, and it has some slight elevation. This well maintained park has some nice park benches near many of the nice concrete tees. Each of these tees have a small 2-foot cement post with the hole number on it. The baskets are in pretty good shape. Navigation here was fairly simple as there are arrows below each basket pointing to the next tee. There are a few holes where water behind a basket, a protected pin, or tree blocking the obvious path can make things interesting, but this is not as common as the wide-open fairway. The 18th hole is a fun shot over a small cove. You can go for the basket that carries over lots of water or take a narrower shot just get to the other side. Either way, if you are short, you just put your disc away wet.
Cons: If you heard rumors that there was 2 courses hear like I did, it is not true. According to the people at the park, this is the only course in this park. There is not much of a challenge here and I found that to be a disappointment. There weren't any actual tee signs here with any kind of hole information. There were hardly any trashcans and no signs of a bathroom close by.
Other Thoughts: The Fun Factor was just OK for me. I was kind of anticipating the holes that were by the water or sunk back into the bushes or having water to throw over so much, that most of the course turned out to be kind of a let down. It was sad that all the challenging holes were right at the end of the journey instead of being spread out more during the round. It is still a very nice park and a clean place to play.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pretty surroundings, cool water shot, but lacks some challenge
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.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Lake Shawnee is an enjoyable course with quite a few elevation changes and holes right at 200-300 ft. Birdie opportunities abound for players with a decent drive. Not a lot of obstacles but many holes are strategically placed next to or behind a tree or two.
The course is well maintained and mowed regularly. Hole 18 can be a memorable experience as you're shooting from a high tee across a cove of water with the hole on the other side. Can be played safe fairly easily though if you don't want to risk losing a disk, although the distance is very manageable for most people. Just enough to tempt a lot of drives into the water.
Cons: Baskets are old and worn. The course is also probably not challenging enough for very good players.
Other Thoughts: Nice wide open course, good for tweaking your game. Between Lake Shawnee, Crestview, and Rice in Topeka there is a good variety of disc golf to be had. I would suggest starting at Lake Shawnee.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course is a good course for a newer player that needs to work on throws without worrying about a ton of trees in the way. Many of the holes are pretty wide open. Couple holes on the back side play by the water, but still pretty open shots. Many birdies available on this course. All concrete tees and several alternate tees. Every hole has at least 3 placements. The grass gets cut quite often by the county so this course is always in great shape.
Cons: Not very technical. Not very long. Can teach bad habits if played every day.
Other Thoughts: Visit lsdiscs disc golf store while in the area as they are 1/4 mile from the course and have anything you need!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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