Disc Golf Construction Under Way in Capaha Park


Aerial photo of Capaha Park showing the new disc golf course

This aerial photo of Capaha Park shows the layout of the new disc golf course.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 6, 2011 — Southeast Missouri State University students and employees, along with community members will soon have a new recreation outlet that is both economical and close to campus.

Thanks to the financial support of the Student Government Association and the Department of Recreation Services at Southeast and the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Cape Girardeau, a new 10-hole disc golf course is being constructed in Capaha Park, close to campus.

“We think this will be great for students. Not many students are aware of disc/frisbee golf, and this is a great way to open their eyes to a new recreation opportunity,” said Troy Vaughn, director of Recreation Services at Southeast Missouri State.

The course will be approximately 4,000 feet (about 1,300 yards) long and will be spread throughout each corner of the park. The beginning of the course is located near the existing bath house for Capaha Pool, near the parking area on the south side of the park. This was done purposely to allow for students to gain greater access to the course from campus, Vaughn said.

Disc golf is a popular recreation activity throughout the country. There are many courses in Missouri, but none in the southeast Missouri area. The Department of Recreation Services will be offering specific “discs” for purchase at the Student Recreation Center – North. Each set will be $15, and each set contains three discs (frisbees) – a long distance driver, a short distance driver and a putter. While not a necessity, these different discs can help players enjoy the game more.  A disc is much heavier than a regular frisbee.

“Players can use disc golf discs or use a regular Frisbee. The game is not expensive to play. It’s great fun to play a round, and the fitness benefits are many,” Vaughn added.

The course will feature concrete tee boxes, which is somewhat rare on disc golf courses. When fully completed, it will also contain directional signage for players and scorecards available at the start to guide players and allow more enjoyment of the game. 

The course should be playable by mid-April, weather permitting. For more information on the new Capaha Park Disc Golf Course, please contact Vaughn at (573) 651-2878 or tvaughn@semo.edu.