PLATTSBURGH - For anyone who may have been golfing at Bluff Point Golf Resort Aug. 18, you would probably have seen a game in full swing - but not one commonly seen on the course.
Eighteen-year-old Russell Izzo of Plattsburgh is a member of the local group of people who participate in the Lying Down Game, known as Team America.
"The Lying Down Game is actually a game where you lie down on the ground and ... the official rules on-line are that you have to include as many people as possible and it has to be as public as possible, with as many people standing around as possible," Izzo explained.
The LDG is the brainchild of two men from the United Kingdom who began the Web site www.lyingdowngame.net to have people post their photos of the game in action.
The concept, which has now spread across the world, requires the palms of your hand be flag against your side, and the tips of your toes pointed toward the ground.
Izzo, who learned of the game from a friend from Canada, said the local group has only been around for a matter of weeks and now is in friendly competition with the Canadian group, known as Team Canada.
The two teams now compete against one another to see who can capture the best photo.
Although Izzo said his group can often be seen throughout the week in places such as downtown Plattsburgh, their biggest challenge to date was at Bluff Point, with a large group of people lying down on the greens and on golf carts.
The group of people it brings out is Izzo's favorite part of the game.
"It doesn't sound fun, but you actually get a rush out of it. All these people are looking at you wondering what's going on," he said. "It's really fun to see their expressions, but it's also fun because it's a group activity. You're with friends."
Izzo said although it's fun to see where they can get the most people, the game is still fun when there is a small group.
"If there aren't a lot of people with us, we can just be anywhere," he said. "On top of mailboxes, on statues."
To see more photos of LDG, visit their Facebook page by searching The Lying Down Game at www.facebook.com, where there are nearly 20,000 photos from across the world.
If interested in tagging along with the local LDG group, visit their Facebook page by searching The Lying Down Game - American Team.