Lewisville and TxDOT officials say the city’s new public Putt-Putt miniature golf course project in the SH 121 Business median should be complete later this month.
The $9 million recreation project is jointly funded by the City of Lewisville’s Parks and Leisure Services and the Texas Department of Transportation.
So far, the concrete work has been done separating the holes of the course. Cups, tees, greens and obstacles, including a $400,000 Dale Chihuly solid glass windmill, will soon be installed.
When complete, the 100 holes of miniature golf, starting near Main Street and ending near FM 544 will be a destination course, according to parks director Tracy Amaya.
“We’ve taken ‘Green Centerpiece’ quite literally,” said Amaya. “We’re taking a part of the city that people view as just passing through, and turned it into something the family can get out and enjoy the outdoors with.”
Amaya also thinks the amenity will help unite the western part of Lewisville with the growing section on the east, including Castle Hills.
The course will be free to play, open each day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Players are required to wear reflective yellow vests for safety.
Three concession stands are installed along the course. Balls and Brews will be at the corner of Main Street and SH 121. Players can get balls, clubs, vests and a variety of beers and soft drinks there before starting the game. The Clubs and Subs Pub is closer to the Elm Fork, and the Par Tee House will be on the corner of SH 121 and Holford’s Prairie.
Safety was a big concern about the new course, but local officials think they have it solved.
“We’re lowering the speed limit along SH 121 to the standard 25 mph limits for regular city streets,” said David Mackerel, city engineer. “Lower speed limits make for safer golf.”
Those lower limits should also make it safer for the golf carts ferrying players from the city’s trail system and DCTA stations, and bringing vendors selling cold beer and cigars to players.
The course is setup so that players can start on either end, playing 50 holes in one direction, 50 in the other.
Construction got a minor setback Thursday when a rock hauler going 65 mph left its lane and crushed 75 feet of work-in-progress on the course.