Today I began in Topeka, running into a guy (Travis) on the 7th holes of my first round, and joined him because I couldn't figure out the course all that easily. I then followed him to the other course, we stopped by at LSDiscs first, and Nils came out to join us for the round at Lake Shawnee.
Topeka, KS- Crestview:
Extremely flat, like you'd expect of Kansas. All but one hole are open in a large field, dotted with large mature trees with wide and low branches. Most holes can be 2'ed but with a good shot clearing a few trees, only 1-2 par 4's. One hole plays along the creek in some VERY tight woods, maybe 5' wide and 240' long, water on right. Cement tees with hole # markers, but no length, indication of next tee or of shape of fairway. Very well maintained and clean. No rough to worry about.
Topeka, KS- Lake Shawnee:
This course probably has about the same amount of trees as Crestview, but some are much smaller and there are some pines. It's hilly for the areas standards, with one hole teeing downhill toward a lake, and another downhill and then over the lake. Cement tees with # only again. Most baskets are small and homemade, with a few exceptions. Very well maintained, like a golf course fairway. Lots of holes around 310-360' and in that wind you are just often throwing an overstable driver in a wind and trying to stay on target, not too worried about hitting a tree. A couple holes have low branches that guard it very well.
Abilene, KS- Brown Memorial:This course was actually surprisingly nice. I think it's somewhat private, there are trespass signs saying something about being there after 8pm and being prosecuted by the local Sheriff. It's in a boy scout campground, so might not always be available to play. Cement tees with the # and par welded into a steel plate on the tee. Extremely flat, I doubt the elevation changes by more than 1' anywhere but in the creek bed, which is only at all in play on 2 holes. Thick stands of old, tall cottonwood trees make up the fairways, with a few pines on a few holes. Surprisingly well designed, teaching good long range control. Good length-most over 300' and one near 500'. I used a driver on 7 of the 9 holes, rare on a 9 hole course.