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  • Camdenton's disc golf course expanding

  • Camdenton's City Park will soon have even more to offer residents and visitors when the now 13-hole disc golf course is expanded to a full 18-hole course.
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  • Camdenton's City Park will soon have even more to offer residents and visitors when the now 13-hole disc golf course is expanded to a full 18-hole course.
    Aldermen approved the expansion during Tuesday night's board meeting.
    A resident and disc golf enthusiast who has spear-headed the Dragon Ridge Disc Golf Course, Gary Braman, was in attendance to explain the expansion to the aldermen, mayor and city staff.
    The course is located inside the city's community park which is already home to the aquatic center, tennis courts, basketball courts, playground equipment, walking trails and more. The course is unique as it is comprised of hilly, wooded terrain.
    Parks and Recreation Director Larry Bennett described it as difficult in some ways but beautiful at the same time.
    "Not only is it challenging but it is a beautiful walk through the park," Bennett said of the course.
    The Parks and Recreation board already approved the request. Braman told the aldermen that after they approved the expansion, construction on the additional holes would begin as soon as cooler weather sets in.
    "With fall coming upon us, that is when we would like to work in the cooler weather," Braman told the board.
    Each hole is currently sponsored and Braman said that even the first two additional holes already have sponsors. He and his team of volunteers would begin to get the rest of the sponsorships filled after final approval was given.
    Braman added that a few of the additional holes were scheduled to be built in potential area that a possible community center could be built. If the community center became a reality, each of those holes could be relocated to different locations and he said he was more than willing to make those changes if that day ever came.
    The board approved the expansion project with an unanimous vote.
    The first two holes will be constructed soon and the other three will be added when time allows.
    City officials are looking forward to offering a full disc golf course to the public.
    "When we hit 18 holes, we have a full course and kind of puts us on the map," Bennett said. "This will just solidify our position as one of the premire courses in the state."
    Bennett added that if it was not for Braman and the other dedicated volunteers, the course would not be possible.
    "We owe Gary and his group a debt of gratitude for taking interest in this. It is the jewel of the park," Bennett said.

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