—Plenty of practice baskets to put before/after your round.
—Sits on a beautiful piece of property.
—Signage mostly accurate, and includes elevation change
—Pay to play, and no better than multiple courses within 15 miles
—Clubhouse sells discs (YAY!), for a steep markup (BOO!)
—Many groups of 8+ to be found clogging course.
—Not really a 27, as advertised. When the extras are opened, players tend to pan them as an untidy mess.
I’ve been stoked to play Kaposia Park for a couple of months now and finally got my chance, playing with my son and his bestie. We found it underwhelming.
Don’t make too much of my above nitpicking about pay to play—I always list it in the “Cons” on a review so that prospective players will know to expect it. I paid $10 total for my son and me, and we went around twice. That’s not really the problem with this place.
What was more difficult were several matters of social behavior, one of which is common to most everywhere I’ve played, and the others more specific to Kaposia Park itself.
Starting with the one that happens everywhere. Courses stack up with guys (always guys) playing single. Dudes, take the frickin’ headphones out, meet another player, and, by joining up, do your part to decongest a course. It’s crazy to have an 18 holer running slow with 15 singles out at the same time, but it seems to be the way of things. When a course is tight, particularly on weekends, people should group up to four to keep things moving.
At Kaposia, getting people to gather didn’t seem to be nearly so much the problem as the opposite. Yes, there were still singles out there on a busy day, but we also got stuck behind a group of 6, a group of 8, and a group of 10. The latter, when the three of us asked to play through while they were still on the tee, declined, although they relented on the next hole. I admit, it looked like (and in two cases smelled like) all these mini-crowds were having a banger of a good time, but they should either be willing to split up or be prepared to let just about everyone through.
Social issue #3. The weed was so thick in the air that we couldn’t decide which direction it was coming from. By mid-way through the second lap, we sort of decided that it just hung out over the course as a semi-permanent fog when the winds are down. No shade there necessarily—y’all do you—but it was annoying to have to wait for a group that was stopped so that they could all light up.
It has not escaped my attention that I still haven’t said anything about the holes themselves. They’re fine. Not amazing. Not necessarily better than nearby Bethany University. but fine. This is a completely wooded course. The set up favors RHBH play pretty strongly, but there is some variety. Signage is present on most holes, and includes elevation changes. Tees are concrete, in excellent shape. Baskets are Prodigy, in good shape. Edge of fairway drop offs on the back nine can be treacherous when covered with leaves. Speaking of which, they are everywhere, and discs are easily lost on the fairway in late fall.
There seems to be a bit of elevation magic happening at KP. There seem to be all kinds of holes thrown uphill, but few bombs from altitude. Pathways between holes can be fairly long, and I noticed that we were walking downhill or side hill on most of them.
I won’t be heading back to Kaposia Park soon. To be fair, our long fall is finally ending this week. Even next season though, I’m not likely to make the drive and pay the dough to play a course that has plenty of trues peers in the area, and which allow for a more consistent pace of play.
Please don’t hear me as discouraging anyone else from playing Kaposia Park. I’m not. It’s a good course, and I am giving it an above average 3.5 stars. I just don’t think it’s the destination it is reputed to be.