2 Helpful / 1 Not
Minnesota Mecca of Disc Golf
Pros: As my title says, this is the best course I have played. I haven't played a ton of courses, but I have played enough for that statement to mean something. I enjoy courses that require two great shots to get close to the pin, and Kaposia has many of these. I love the large rock landscaping on hole #3 (tiers of large rocks leading up the basket) and hole #8 (perched on the side of a large downhill, if you miss right you have a big uphill putt, but it is worth the miss for the beauty of the pin placement). Also, on the back nine there is a pond and ravine that come into play on multiple holes, and while it isn't fun going into either, those aspects of the course are just two things that make it great. A truly fun course, if you live in Minnesota or Wisconsin (or further away), you should make a pilgrimage to this Minnesota Mecca of Disc Golf.
Cons: The layout can be confusing if you haven't played before. The first time I played here I was with my brother, who already knew the course, but the first time he played the course he accidentally skipped a few holes. Also, losing a disc is very possible on many holes in the dense woods (I have lost a few and found a few on this course).
As others have said, the course is intimidating and frustrating to beginning players. However, when I bring friends here who have a hard time throwing straight, they still seem to appreciate the course despite the courses lack of appreciation for them!
Other Thoughts: Like I said in the Pro's, this is (to me) the Minnesota Mecca of Disc Golf. Give it a try if you haven't been there.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Long course with many challenging holes and a lot of variety.
Cons: Lots of trees and it's pretty tough to make par on most holes. Not a good course for beginners who might become easily frustrated, but it's basically where I learned to throw so it can be done.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Glad I researched this one, but I wish the other 6 holes were in!
Pros: 1) Awesome property, awesome design using all the features effectively. Lots of holes with large mature trees with tons of overhanging branches. Lots of tight wooded technical holes.
2) Nice baskets and concrete teepads (except for a couple where they are using carpet for the teepad). Multiple teepads and multiple pin locations make this course very adjustable, and will create completely different holes.
3) Unique holes are abundant. #2 with the basket set amogst a bunch of mature tree roots. Hit one of the roots wrong and you could ned up further than you started. #3 with the stones protecting the basket. #5 down then up a valley makes for a picturesque hole. I cannot imagine the long basket here!!! #7 shooting over some trimmed scrub brush, #8 long shot out of a wooded chute. Then an approach to a basket tucked on the side of a hill that if you overshoot will have at least 30-40 feet back up the hill to the basket. #16 with leaning branches overhanging the fairway makes for a cool shot. They shouldnt come into play but visually it enters your mind. #17 with the basket perched on a sidehill. #18 with the haybales to prevent skip aces from in front of the basket. I wasnt immediately sure if it was protecting from erosion or protecting the basket.
4) Nice variety in distance with #18 being the shortest. #16 is pretty short and easy also, with a handful of holes near or over 400'.
Cons: 1) Not beginner friendly, but thats ok, not every course needs to be!
2) Very little water in play (for the most part), but its pretty hard to hold that against this course when every hole is packed with excitement and challenge.
3) Layout can be confusing to a new player (such as myself) I swear I skipped #9, or maybe I missed an earlier hole and didnt even realize it.
4) Signage could use some upgrades, teesigns would be nice, and directional signs to point you to the next hole.
Other Thoughts: This is one of the top 3 course I have played to date. I only wish the ravine holes were in play. I should have gone down and walked them just to see how cool they would have been, but I was running out of time. It is a well thought out, well designed, challenging course. Beginners will struggle mightily, and even experiences players might have some problems on some of the holes.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Really Long Course, makes for some fun 2nd shots. Goes both up and down in over hills making it a really fun and adventurous course to play
Cons: Back 9 all in woods. Really easy to loose a disc on more than 1/2 of the holes because of the up and down hilly landscapes.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Kaposia Park, MN
Pros: Very beautiful, mature park with restrooms, ample parking.
Cons: Slight issue with signage as to where to go on course for first time players, especially between hole 8 and tee pad 9. Crowded, very popular course as it should be, which is not really a con, unless your pressed for time.
Other Thoughts: This course plays best for advanced and pro players. Beginners will struggle a bit with some of the blind tee shots and narrow fairways which will take a toll on all players no matter what your ability is. The first four holes play out on a grassy area that gives you a chance to warm up, as it were, then the course heads into the woods where narrow fairways, hidden baskets (from the tee pad), and a lot of cussing is the rule. The wooded area demands very controlled tee and approach shots otherwise you will most likely lose a disc in the schule. On the bright side, if you go looking for your disc and you don't find it, you will most likely run across someone else's lost disc. The final hole eighteen takes you right back from where you started, the parking lot and does not play in the woods, but on a grassy area.
Foliage is dense in the wooded areas, with mature trees and bushes of all types and variety. Some areas are a little sparser than other areas in the woods, but don't count on an errant shot to be there. The terrain is a little hilly, some excellent use of that aspect throughout the course. All fairways have at least one preferred flight path to take from the tee pad with multiple pin placements on most of the holes. First time players should allow for time to walk up the fairways to spot the pin location on that particular hole. If its crowded this may be a drawback.
Ive been told Kaposia is one of the most popular courses in the twin cities area, the well-defined fairways and walking paths support that statement. This was the course I was directed to when I was there visiting and im glad I was able to play it. It stands out as a very challenging course but still fun as heck to play. Time to play the course is longer than an average 6000-foot course because you will inevitably spend time looking for a lost disc, perhaps 2 to 3 hours for a foursome to play. Experienced locals probably do much better than that if its not too crowded.
Tee signs show their age. This course was established in the early eighties I believe? Someone correct me if I'm wrong about that. But, some of the signs look that old. I got lost after playing hole 8. I couldn't find anything to point me towards the next tee, which is across the street and well into another part of the woods. Don't be shy to ask for directions from someone playing the course, the people there are very considerate and friendly.
My experience there as a first time player was great. I did spend time walking up fairways to spot the pin locations and got lost a couple of times trying to find tee pads, but overall it was awesome. The first hole in the woods, hole 5 was my favorite. Definitely a must play if your in that part of Minnesota. I played during the week when it wasn't too crowded though.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Unique Woods Course
Pros: This is a very challenging technical course. Don't let the first four holes fool you as they are the easiest on the course A birdy on these holes is necessary for the strokes you will likely pick up in the woods. The rest of the course has a good mixture of unique holes that will challenge every shot you have. Make an error and you can plan on turning a birdy into a double bogey.
Cons: Very limited signage, difficult to navigate for first timers. Also, gets very busy during peak hours and is a long course when waiting due to lost discs in the woods.
Other Thoughts: Kaposia is definitely one of the must play courses in the Twin Cities. Beginners beware, this course it is not for the light hearted as even the most seasoned player can be eaten alive by Kaposia.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: One of the landmark courses in Mn, this course shows what the great courses of the past were like and shows how well those challenges translate to todays game.
From the first hole it quickly becomes apparent how well thought out the hole layout is. A straightforward 300 foot drive on a slight downhill. Overthrow it and you are on the downhill side of a heavily wooded hill or underthrow and your shot at the basket becomes very difficult. To the last hole, a medium range dogleg right, open enough to try a roller but with risks. If you shoot short you have no shot at the basket and if you try to throw over the trees filling the dogleg you can end up in a swamp. Almost every hole on this course has a challenge that will not only test the discs available in your bag but your skill at using those discs.
There are holes to make the distance specialist happy (hole 8, slight uphill in the beginning leading to a long dogleg left) and ones for the midrange guy (hole 7, 300 foot slow dogleg left through trees, one of my favorites).
Every hole has at least one teepad, some in better shape than others, and multiple basket locations. Parking is very good.
Cons: Signage regarding baskets is spotty at best. Flow is pretty good but the course is heavily used and has had several modifications and revisions so finding the next hole can be hit and miss.
In many areas the rough is actually rough and grass has given way to dirt on most of the woods holes.
Because of the quality of the design the course will be busy most afternoons so expect waits. Most players are skilled though and will let you play through if your group is smaller or much faster.
Other Thoughts: It is a long course over hilly terrain so rounds take a while and you will need to bring some drink along.
The sundog league occasionally uses this course for it weekly game so if you are in the area check about joining for a round. Definitly one of the Minn courses to hit if you are in the Twin Cities area.
This is a multiple use park with a walking path through the middle. Bring a lunch and enjoy the shelter.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: A course with just the right amount of challenges and variety as well as length. There are a bunch of open holes with very little trees and a bunch of heavily wooded holes mixed together. Another plus is that there are a number of holes that would be tough to get a three on due to their length and the tree density.
Cons: Some of the holes have very dense foliage, such as number 7, so that when you throw it out there blindly, there's a chance you could be searching for it for a while.
Other Thoughts: The Minnesota Majestic layout is just plain sweet. I can't imagine a better course.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very technical course with an opportunity to use all types of shots (Hyzers, Anhyzers, Thumbers, Tomahawks, Elevator Shots...etc...)
Cons: This course would be a nightmare for those new to the game. If you've never played here before you probably won't be able to figure out where to go on several of the holes. This course needs to be better maintained as it has a lot of underbrush and spots to lose your discs. There are no "next tee" signs on the course which can be frustrating to first timers.
Other Thoughts: If course managers would help clear out some brush and some tree branches to provide a better "window" to throw on several holes, this would be a great course and not just an okay course.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
first MN course
Pros: I found this course to be pretty accesibile for a relative beginner, except for the last 5-6 holes. beautiful layout with great technical challenges. friendly, helpful people on the course, just enough long holes (on the first 18),great place to play
Cons: many tees not clearly marked at all, some have little bricks with arrows pointing to next tee, some don't, some have signs, others don't, course is overgrown but it is August
Other Thoughts: I am in Minneapolis for three weeks. This was my first course here and it was a good one. Any other suggestions?
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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