New disc golf course planned

McHENRY – Area residents could be playing disc golf at a new 18-hole course in McHenry by late winter or early spring.

The McHenry Kiwanis Club is working to partner with the city and various fundraisers to build an $87,900 course at Cold Springs Park, in the Park Ridge Estates neighborhood near McHenry West High School.

The school is home to the only existing course in the city, which will work out well, Kiwanis Club member Dan Jannotta said.

That’s because the course at West is more for beginners, while the planned course at the park would be more advanced.

“Cold Springs was most ideal in terms of the terrain and the space available,” he added. “We’ve got the course laid out to go over the wetland areas, and it’s going to be really pretty.”

The Kiwanis Club has had the idea for the course in the works for about two years.

“It crosses all ages groups and sexes, and it’s kind of the new thing going on,” Jannotta said.

If all goes well, 18 holes could open officially by June, but Jannotta said he was hoping they might be ready in time for late winter play. The club also eventually plans to add nine more holes to the course, but a time line for that has yet to be set.

Aside from casual play, tournaments also are planned for the site, which is at 319 DePaul Court.

“That’s kind of the goal,” Jannotta said. “It’s just going to be a very professionally laid-out course.”

Funding for the project is slated to be split three ways. The Kiwanis Club would fund $15,000 of the project, developer donations funneled through the city would fund $62,900, and the remaining $10,000 would come from fundraising, hole sponsors and community donations.

The single biggest cost would be $50,000 for a parking lot off Lillian Street, according to city documents. Other costs include $10,000 for brush removal and landscape work, $7,000 for fencing and $6,000 for targets, among other things.

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