GOUVERNEUR Riverview Park has added nine holes of miniature golf and a practice putting green.
The course is for all ages, but could appeal as much to golfers as children.
Its more like a regular course, said Robert A. Porter, who laid it out and was the primary builder. Golfers like a challenge.
Some of the holes feature artificial fringes where the indoor/outdoor carpet used to build the course is higher. Some have planters set in the middle, with the hole on the upper side. One is set up so a golfer who doesnt hit hard enough will end up with the ball in a pile of rocks.
The pink ribbon hole recognizes the Gouverneur Business Women Breast Cancer Walk. A statue of a firefighter at another hole honors volunteers. The replica of a one-room schoolhouse came courtesy of the Gouverneur Historical Association.
We had a lot of help, as always, Mr. Porter said of the volunteers who developed and now maintain the park on Route 58.
The golf course is set up on a hill overlooking the multipurpose field. Organizers built a small parking lot next to the course so players do not have to climb the hill.
A rack built by students at St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services will hold putters and a donation box.
If they want to kick in some money to help us with our park, thats great, Mr. Porter said. If they dont, then no one will know. I just want people to take care of it and be responsible.
Mr. Porter has dubbed the parks newest recreational option the Last Hurrah Golf Course because it fills most of the parks remaining usable space except for an area reserved for an eventual community center.
Mr. Porter had no opinion yet of the course even though he is a golfer himself.
I built the thing and I actually havent played it, he said.