8 Helpful / 2 Not
Thirty years old and still going strong
Pros: Set in a well manicured park in SW Topeka along the Shunganunga Creek which comes into play on two holes. Friendly for rec players as it is relatively short. Plays tougher in the summer when the foliage on the trees. Sort of set down in a low area with a tall strand of trees to the south so there is some wind protection here. Multiple pins can give you different challenges for your upshots (although they generally won't affect your tee strategy).
Cons: Mostly open and flat as a pancake and sometimes gets a bit spongy after a big rain as it doesn't drain well. Big arms may find it a bit underwhelming and will just go over what they can't get around. Some of the teepads are cracked, and hole markers are deteriorating or missing. Kind of a flow issue between 15 and 16 if you don't know where you're going (head up by the parking lot entrance to find 16's teebox). Ped/bike trail in park is often busy and people on bikes can dart into your line of fire easily. There is a kiosk for the local club, but there was no map of the course there, and while its not a hard course to find your way around, one would be helpful here.
Other Thoughts: Installed thirty years ago, Crestview is starting to show its age, but for the majority of players this will be a fine venue to enjoy a round or work on their skills. The trail going through the park can get very busy on a nice day. The shot from the primary tee to the wooded pin position is cool, but if you're waiting on too many pedestrians, I'd advise using the alt tee on Hole 10 which you need to walk back by the trees on the other side of the trail from the main tee to find. A recommended time to play a "souped up" version of Crestview would be during one of the tournaments ran by the local club here, when the course is expanded to its "gold" layout, which the Front 15 is reconfigured into 10 holes and 8 new holes are used further east in the park. A decent stop if you're in Topeka, but nothing spectacular.
UPDATE (4/27/2010): After playing Crestview last week, I am deciding to lower the rating from 3 to 2.5. Course seems to further deteriorating, and baskets being moved from the gold layout back to the regular layout aren't being put back in the same hole they came from, leading to confusion on holes 10 through 14. This is a problem that a new map of the course, both available online for printing and at the course kiosk and new tee sign markers or signs could alleviate.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Crestview is a nice course nestled back in a fairly wooded park with very large, mature trees. The 18 holes offer a variety of shots and distances. The pins are moved pretty regularly so you never know what you'll get. Concrete tees are nice and long, baskets are nice.
The park is well maintained and mowed. The large trees provide a lot of shade and protection from the wind. This is my favorite park to take my kids to on a hot day.
Cons: Minimal elevation shots due to being a fairly flat course (not a bad thing if you're wanting to save your legs). Course layout can be fairly confusing if you've never played there before. Holes cross back on eachother. Recommend playing with a local if you can first time through. Some layouts are more confusing than others. The last few holes cross roads that sometimes cars like to park on.
Other Thoughts: An alternate location for hole #10 is back in the trees. Head towards the busy road and the stream from hole #6 tee (hole #9 basket area).
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Good course thats not too tight, not too open. It does encourage you to hit your gaps or get in some trouble. This is the course to play in Topeka if it's windy, as the wind doesn't blow quite as hard on this course as some others. Multiple pins on every hole. NEW BASKETS.
Cons: The new baskets need another set of chains. Spit outs very common.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Crestview - diamond in the rough
Pros: This is nice course tucked into a pretty compact area. Has bathrooms at the parking area.
Hole number 1 starts right off with a significant tree challenge. we played with pin located short which was barely visible from the tee due to trees.
This course has lots of mature trees, and pins are placed to encourage the low shots (which is not necessarily good for those of us who still have a tendency to let one ride high) but makes accuracy a must.
A couple of open holes which allowed us to air it out without worry. Most of the time we found ourselves with a unique approach to a pin from behind a tree, up a short hill, or in a couple cases throwing without sight of the pin from the tee.
This was a really fun course. i took my son and two girls on a campout to Lake Shawnee specifically to play this course and Lake Shawnee. we quit after three holes on the Lake course - way to windy & all i saw was large open expanses that didn;t look like much fun to continue. If you're in the area, this is a great course to play! Hardly anyone there on a beautiful Saturday morning.
Cons: Tough with the wind, but that's probably more me than anything else.
Other Thoughts: probably would not play again since it is an hour from home and i have many equal and better options, but worth the trip with the kids!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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