18-hole world championship level disc golf course headed to Durant

DURANT, Okla. (KXII) -- The city of Durant approved a world championship level disc golf course at Tuesday night's meeting.

Two years in the making, the 18-hole disc golf course is about to start construction at Lake Durant.

"Whether you're a novice or an advanced level player, we want that Lake Durant Disc Golf Course to be a destination for players from all different areas," said Mike Delloro, president of Durant Trails and Open Space, the group behind the project.

"This is just another step forward for us in improving the quality of life for citizens here," he said.

The non-profit brought the first nine-hole course to town at Carl Albert Park. And now, there's a group called Durant Disc Golf made up of a community of players.

"I like the group of people, the atmosphere, it gets you out of the house. You can play anytime of the year," said Jordan Maxey, who is a member.

He's been playing disc golf for a year and a half.

"I think the concept that we have is really going to bring some people to Durant," Maxey said.

Delloro hopes the course will bring outside business into Durant and target players from cities like Tulsa and Dallas.

It's expected to cost around $18,000 for baskets, signage and concrete tee pads.

He said the next step is sponsorship.

"Our Durant trails group is going to be fundraising the effort going to different businesses to advertise on each one of these holes," Delloro said.

The city of Durant will maintain the landscape and help install equipment, something city council voted to allow.

"That is our long term goal with this course is to be able to open this up and attract more disc golfers from all different parts of Texas and Oklahoma," Delloro said.

Construction is planned for February and the goal is to open by early summer.