New disc golf gives Heritage Park expansion a sporting chance

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By Kierra Pixler, Managing Editor

 

 

There is currently a professional disc golf course under construction in the expansion area of Heritage Park. City crews and members of the local chapter of the disk golf organization are helping to make it come together. Part of the course will be in the hills and some holes will stretch along the Leon River.

 

“I found a pond nobody knew was there,” Woody Durbin said. “The city plans to expand the soccer fields. The Leon River is along the back of the property. There are some big pecan trees in the South half of the old Leon Golf Course the city purchased. The course will be open to the public earlier next year. It can also serve as a walking trail. Part of the course will be in wooded areas making it a challenge. The City of Belton has been amazing to work with. We are asking for donations and are collecting them through the Lions Club Foundation.”

 

As the city works to build the course, Durbin’s dedicated help to complete it has been impressive.

 

During March 18-24, 2019, professional disc golfers from across the USA will convene in Belton’s Heritage Park expansion to compete in The Open at Belton presented by Discraft. As in previous events, the 148 competitors will likely include several former or current Professional Disc Golf Association World Champions. The public is invited to come out and support professional disc golf and to welcome these players to Belton. There is no charge for spectators. The competition itself will be March 22-24, but many players will be spending the entire week in the Belton area as they practice rounds at Heritage Park.

 

Tournament Director, Jim Hudson, says “Bringing these traveling, world class players to Belton as part of their annual Texas swing is very exciting and is great for local businesses. We invite the public to come out and watch some of the action, support the players, and learn more about the sport. We are looking forward to a really fun week of disc golf and some very captivating action.” As per principal course designer and Competition Director, Neal Dambra, “The championship may be decided by the second to last throw, which will be a spectacular 450-foot toss to the target basket mounted on top a 15-foot tall mound – a shot well within the abilities of these great players.”

 

Public attendance of this event will go a long way to ensure its return to Belton in the future. Local businesses are urged to consider sponsoring this event. It will help bring this rapidly growing sport Belton annually.

 

Funds are needed to complete the course. To assist in the this project, reach out to Durbin at tdgawoody@gmail.com.