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Duluth now has its own public disc golf course

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The city of Duluth now has a public disc golf course, thanks to monetary donations and more than 1,500 hours of volunteer labor, organizers said.

Through the Duluth Parks and Recreation Department, a local disc golf committee began planning the course 1 1/2 years ago. Volunteers worked every weekend to clear fairways, haul gravel and install the elevated metal baskets for the course.

After the official opening ceremony Monday, organizers said the work paid off.

"It’s an 18-hole beauty," said Jim Topie, the disc golf committee’s chairman. "Disc golf is one of the nation’s fastest-growing sports, but Duluth didn’t have a public course."

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"It’s very nice seeing it done," said Scott Holliday, a member of a local disc golf club.

The course is located along Trinity Road next to Lake Superior College and Miller Creek. It challenges players with shots through the woods on the first three holes. The course then opens up offering views of the St. Louis River, the harbor and part of Lake Superior. After going back through the woods again, the course ends with a climb up a wooded hill.

Ryan Schaefer, also a club member, said he expects the course will be a par 54 or 55, but that will be determined later.

Organizers said they hope the new course will eventually be just one of several in the area.

"We’re in the process of finding community support for at least three more courses," Topie said.

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Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthsuperior.com

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