Worthington will soon have a disc golf course in its backyard, thanks to an enterprising group of young athletes at Thomas Worthington High School.
The Student Athlete Leadership Board is raising money for and building a course on the school campus.
It will be located on the "flats," the area west of the stadium along the Olentangy River, both north and south of West Dublin-Granville Road.
With the sport of disc golf growing in popularity, the athletes decided it was time that the community had its own course.
"This past summer, my friends played a lot," said Jamie Burpee. "It is definitely growing around here."
The course will be free to anyone in the community, said fellow SALB member Will Byers.
"It will be a place for families to get out and use the course," he said.
If fundraising and construction continues on schedule, the course should be ready to play by spring break, he said.
Community organizations and businesses have donated to the cause, but more is needed to cover the approximate $4,500 cost.
Last week, Tom Carter, co-owner of the Shops at Worthington Place, presented the SALB with a check for $500. The athletes earned the money working at a community event at the mall last fall, he said.
Carter also remembers hearing about the disc golf plans two years ago, when his son, Colin, was a student athlete at Thomas Worthington. He is now a sophomore at Ohio State University.
The money will cover the cost of the tee boxes, which are rectangular concrete slabs, and the holes, which are mesh baskets attached to poles.
Signs will mark each hole. Sponsors may have their names on the signs.
Anyone who would like to donate to the disc golf course is asked to contact the athletic department at Thomas Worthington High School.