Disc golf elite to tackle gardens

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Some of the world’s best frisbee golfers will descend on Queenstown Gardens for a major competition this weekend. 

The 17th annual Queenstown Classic Disc Golf Tournament is being held on Saturday – but director James Smithells insists the event isn’t just for experts. 

“It’s open to anyone who wants to play. We have six different divisions, including open, masters, grand masters, women’s and under 18s.” 

Smithells is expecting about 50 keen frisbee golfers to enter the 36-hole singles tournament, using the Gardens’ 18-hole course. 

Complete with special baskets for competitors to throw their discs into, the course is New Zealand’s first permanently marked-out area for the sport. 

Frisbee golf follows the same rules and principles as golf – each ‘hole’ has a par score and competitors use different discs to achieve varying distances or curves. 

Smithells is encouraging people to join in or watch – registration starts at the rotunda at 9.30am for a 10am start. Entry is $25, lunch is provided and there’re plenty of prizes on offer. 

Meanwhile, frisbee golfers will continue playing on Sunday at the 14th annual Paradise Plates Disc Golf Tournament, at the Paradise Trust property past Glenorchy. This includes an 18-hole doubles tournament, followed by an 18-hole singles tournament. 

Both competition days are part of a nationwide series. 

Frisbee fever 

What: Queenstown Classic Disc Golf Tournament 
When: Saturday, rego 9.30am 
Where: Queenstown Gardens rotunda