Milestone puts club in a spin


Frisbee golf in the Queenstown Gardens has reached its biggest milestone.

Last Friday, the Queenstown Disc Golf Club dished out a certificate and three top-of-the-line discs to the one millionth participant, 23-year-old Sophie Munro from New Plymouth.

Club founder James Smithells, who helped mark out the Gardens course 20 years ago, says it’s an amazing feat.

“Considering at least one million people have participated, playing disc golf in the Gardens could now be considered almost an iconic Queenstown activity.”

He estimates 100 people a day played the course over its first 10 years, then 200 a day over the past 10 years.

The course was the first marked course in New Zealand but has spawned others around the country and overseas, Smithells says.

“So many people come here and play and tell other people about it that it’s helped develop the game internationally.”

Meanwhile, the club holds its 21st Queenstown Classic Disc Golf Tournament in the Gardens this Saturday - two 18-hole singles rounds starting 10am.

It’s followed on Sunday by the 18th Paradise Plates at the Paradise Trust property, near Glenorchy - comprising a doubles tournament from 9.30am and singles from 1.30pm.

Smithells expects more than 50 disc golfers will play the three tournaments.

He says the favourite will be Aucklander Simon Feasey, who’s been a champion in about seven countries and has won past Wakatipu tournaments.

However he adds there’ll also be strong local contenders like club chairperson Hemi Te Awhitu.