Disc Golf Tour sails into town

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by Greta Yeoman

Twizel’s disc golf course was put to good use over Labour Weekend when the New Zealand Disc Golf Tour sailed into town.

Tournament organiser Martin Galley said the Twizel event was the 17th stop on a 20-course tour of international-standard disc golf courses around the country.

The 18-basket course was upgraded to international tournament standards earlier this year.

The 50 players competing at the weekend came from as far afield as Auckland – home of the current New Zealand disc golf champion – Christchurch, Invercargill, Wanaka, Queenstown and Invercargill.

South Canterbury was represented by three players from Timaru and two based in Twizel, Mr Galley said.

Galley, who runs disc golf company Vortica, has been involved with setting up disc golf courses across the country, including several in South Canterbury.

He was also involved in talks on setting up a course in Fairlie, an idea that was put to the Fairlie Community Board earlier this year.

He also hoped the Timaru course at Caroline Bay could be upgraded from a nine-basket course to a full 18-basket venture, so the national tour could include it in its itinerary.