A successful renovation lands a Montgomery County disc golf course among the top 20 in the country.
It's a game that keeps growing in popularity.
"We really enjoy hiking trails and being able to compete with our friends and play disc golf," Virginia Tech student, Ian Marcus says.
With more people in our area wanting to play disc golf, Montgomery County leaders worked together with people in the community to expand the Golden Hills Disc Golf Course. It's now one of the largest in the country.
"it's amazing," Marcus says. "We're really privileged to have it here."
It took hundreds of volunteers the last year to take the course from 18-holes to 37. It's now split up into two trails with about a 4 mile distance.
"This particularly course is very unique because it has a huge amount of elevation gains," Montgomery County Parks and Outdoors Recreation Director, Brad Buchanan says.
It cost about $10,000 to complete the total expansion. The community raised about half and the county matched the rest. Local businesses even donated the baskets, which had a price tag of $400 each.
"It was a mass effort to get this completed and it's a great thing for the region," Buchanan says.
Even local retailers are tapping into this trend with more businesses around the area selling these discs.
"you used to only be able to order online." Buchanan says. "Now, there's a full stock of discs in the area. So, it affects a lot of different things."
Volunteer groups are still working on carving out more benches, bridges, and trails. The Montgomery Parks and Recreation Department says they already see more people out on the course.
"We'll see about 600 people come through this course in a day," Buchanan says.
They expect those numbers will only grow and give more people in the community a place to play.
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