SANTA ROSA BEACH — A local group hopes to have two pickleball courts built in their community sooner rather than later.

To help get the ball rolling, the Greater Driftwood Homeowners Association donated $25,000 to the country during a commission meeting May 14.

According to Jim Hopson, president of the association, the county has added amenities to Driftwood Park over the years. In 2014 the group also donated about $16,000 to help support park additions that included tennis, racquetball and pickleball courts, a baseball backstop and picnic tables.

However, he said the pickleball court wasn't quite what board members expected.

"When we went out and looked at the pickleball court. It wasn't anywhere close to being what a real pickleball court is suppose to be," Hopson said. "The county came out and looked at it and they agreed also, but they said they didn't have the money to finish it."

With many Driftwood residents interested in the sport and some wanting to play competitively, the association decided to dip into funds used for capital improvement projects in the neighborhood.

Association board member Debbi Michel said that the current project — including the construction of two official courts — tallies up to about $50,000.

She added that money used for the donation was funded by membership fees.

"We started having people inquire about pickleball because it's really a hot sport now in Walton County," Michel said.

Hopson hopes construction will start sometime within a week and give people a closer place to practice their game.

"It's one of the most popular sports around nowadays," he said. "If you want to play now, the closest you can come to getting an official (court) is all the way over in Freeport."

When complete, the two courts in Driftwood Park will be accessible to the public.

"This is a very positive project that we're doing in the neighborhood and in the community and ... it's going to benefit the whole community and not just us," Michel said.