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Discs of Fury

CADYVILLE - Whether you call it disc golf, frisbee golf or frolf - it's officially arrived in the North Country.

The town of Plattsburgh will hold a grand opening next Saturday, May 15, for the Cadyville Disc Golf Course. The nine-hole course, located at the Cadyville Recreation Park on Goddeau Road, is the latest venture for the town's recreation department.

Recreation department director Melanie Defayette said she's excited for the official opening of the course, which has been in the development process for the past year. Through collaboration with three local disc golf players - Aric Strauss and Zack Racine of Plattsburgh and Ryan Ficociello of Morrisonville - the town has been able to take what was once a sport played on courses as far away as Saratoga and bring it to their own backyard.

"When they came to me about [developing a course], I started checking out costs and what it would take to make it happen," said Defayette.

The process included consulting with others who had experience in creating similar courses, said Defayette. It also involved reaching out to several organizations for funding, she added, such as Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Community Action for Health and the Clinton County Health Department.

Ultimately, the town was awarded enough grant funding to cover the cost of developing a course at the park, with the town just left to contribute the labor and cost of minor materials to enhance the project, said Defayette.

"We threw in the extras but got the guts of it from the grants," she said.

While the recreation department's programs for younger children and seniors have typically done well, the sport of disc golf is something Defayette believes will open a door to a demographic the department has always strived to reach - 18- to 30-year-olds.

"That's really a population we've never really hit before," said Defayette. "It's very hard to hit the mark with that group, but we believe this will fill that gap."

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