Cape Girardeau Missouri’s Capaha Park is nestled in the center of the town under a canopy of large shade trees. For many years, Capaha Park has entertained the region by serving as the venue for the Southeast Missouri State University Baseball Team and the Capaha Pool. Capaha Park now has a new recreation opportunity: the area’s first disc golf course. This course was installed as a joint venture between the city’s parks and recreation department and Southeast Missouri State’s Recreation Services Department. Both Southeast Missouri State University Recreation Services and Cyclewerx (a local bicycle shop) are stocking disc golf products as the local interest begins to surge. The course boasts 10 holes and extends over 4,000 feet through the park. The first tee starts near ‘Freedom Corner’ at the intersection of Broadway and West End Boulevard. I’ve played the course about 10 times now, and think it’s time for a review.
Pros: As an area resident and disc golf enthusiast, I love having a course in the area. Several of the holes are challenging for players of any ability, especially the longer (500′ +) holes that force players to consistently make good shots. The park is well maintained, and the risk of losing a disc is very low. The terrain is varied, incorporating a nice mix of rolling hills, trees, and open shots. The course designer did a great job keeping you away from the lake while using the bulk of the park.
Cons: The course design presents a few challenges. First, two long holes share essentially the same fairway, leading to holdups when groups meet. Second, there are 4 different places where you are forced to throw across the road. This presents a number of challenges, both from a playability perspective and risk of having discs hit by automobiles when they land in the road. The ever-present possibility of striking a parked or moving automobile with a disc makes this a major con for this course. Additionally, tee 4 faces a playground that is typically bustling with young children. I’ve seen several close calls over the last few weeks. Finally, there is currently no signage, although signage is rumored to be forthcoming.
The verdict: This is a nice course that is fun and challenging for players of almost any ability level. Players are encouraged to take special care when playing the holes near the playground and the roads. However, common-sense play makes these issues easy to avoid. All things considered, the Capaha Park disc golf course is a challenging, enjoyable course in a lovely park.