Kiwis who love the sport of disc golf
20 players young and old attended the opening event of the 2010 New Zealand Disc Golf Tour out on Waiheke Island in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf in blistering hot conditions.
Touches of consistency, touches of brilliance. That's what was needed for Taumarunui top seed Blair Joines to become the 2010 New Zealand Championship, held on yet another uniquely Kiwi disc golf course.
The Black Caps started their 2010 season off with a day of Disc Golf fun at Simon Feasey's beautiful Bella Rakha course in Auckland's Waitakere Ranges. Hosted by new Black Cap sponsors HRV, players got a taste of the challenges and skills required for 'frisbee golf'.
discgolf.co.nz reporter Howie Zatt was there and captured the fun and action.
Another amazing weekend in the Wakatipu Basin with a record number of players for the 15th annual ‘Classic’ and the 12th ‘Paradise Plates’ events.
Why is this man smiling?
To find out and to read a report on the 2010 Lost Tribe event from a first time contributor.
There is something pleasing to the eye when a collection of deciduous trees readies for winter in a park bejewelled with lakes and vistas. The leaves transform from their verdant normality to blazing showpieces duelling with the sunset. And so McLaren Falls Park is a particularly pretty place to gather for an Autumnal disc golf tourney.
This mid-winter tournament can feature the many styles of weather that Auckland can offer. And boy oh boy did it deliver with some of the country's top players pulling out after scoring 12+ on one windy hole! A hole in which the eventual winner scored a 15, yes FIFTEEN!
A mid-winter tournament in the Central North Island always has the possibility of some tough play, but there is no better venue than the beautiful gentle rolling fairways of Taupo's Spa Park. And the weather played ball this year!
Located at the northern end of Poverty Bay, Gisborne is yet another of New Zealand's gem locations - for living, visiting and of course for disc golf!
This fact was proven with a great First Light tournament in August of 2010. Our intrepid reporter Bob G headed down early to provide some support to the locals in growing the sport there, to play the tournament, take some pics and to write a few words.
A little wet under foot would be an understatement but no-one complained as 30 Disc Golfers took on the Onepoto Lakes course and the condies.
The 3rd Christchurch Fling came after the city has been shuddering with the September earthquakes and many after shocks. Super golfer Simon Feasey didn't help things by shaking things up with yet another opposition shattering performance.
Over the long Labour weekend a contingent of New Zealand Disc Golfers headed across the Tasman and the Nullarbor to Western Australia where the Perth Disc Golf Club hosted the 2010 Australian Championships. Along with the Oz Champs the ANZAC Cup was on the line as well.
Originally set up in the early 80's the Queenstown Gardens Disc Golf Course was like most courses around the country, an 'object' course.
But after James Smithells shifted to the area in the mid 90's the disc catcher baskets started to appear.
Gentil Sport was proud to donate the first one which was one of the early NZ prototypes and from there slowly but surely as funding became available more and more have been added.
And now with New Zealand Disc Golf coming to the party the Queenstown Gardens course finally has 18 permanent baskets!
A big well done to James and his troopers, we all look forward to playing a round at The Gardens.
When the weather is half decent this has to be one of the most spectacular places in the country to play Disc Golf. Always good to bring your gumboots as back-up to your golf shoes though as did the winner by 7 strokes the ever-on-fire Simon Feasey.
It’s the end of another year of the NZDG Tour and the top 16 points earners along with the Top Woman finishers are invited to compete in this prestigious event.
Disc golf in New Zealand just goes from strength to strength in the 21st Century as the New Zealand Disc Golf Tour continues to visit scenic spots a-plenty. On the 2016 New Zealand Disc Golf Tour we had holes over lakes, under snow-capped mountains, by glorious hot pools for that half-time foot-dip and much more. So pour yourself a cold one (or two) and take time to enjoy our dedicated page for The Year That Was NZ Disc Golf 2016.
The New Zealand Disc Golf Tour went truely professional in 2015 with the Nationals featuring no less than 4 American Pro's including a 5 time world champ. There were tournaments in amazing new locations and once again some fresh new faces. So grab yourself a brew and take time to enjoy our dedicated page for The Year That Was NZ Disc Golf 2015.
The hallmark for NZ Disc Golf in 2014 was the quality of play throughout the division. Thanks to the New Zealand Disc Golf Tour we are seeing the skill levels climb to world standards. Not to mention the opportunity to play this great sport in some of the most spectacular locations you could imagine. So grab yourself a brew and take time to enjoy our dedicated page for The Year That Was NZ Disc Golf 2014.
The New Zealand Disc Golf Tour continued to grow in 2013 with many players turning up to challenge the old guard. From the deep south to the sub-tropical north we witnessed some awesome play as well as one of the best comebacks we have ever seen. So best you grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy our dedicated page for The Year That Was NZ Disc Golf 2013.
In 2012 we once again saw record numbers in the Tour, a Kiwi become the Aussie Champ, a fantastic new NZ Tour venue in Wanaka, the first Kiwi to be inducted into the Disc Golf Hall of Fame and much, much more. So grab yourself a brew and enjoy our dedicated page for The Year That Was NZ Disc Golf 2012.
2011 was another ripper of a year for disc golf in New Zealand. We saw record numbers in the Tour, a great showing by our Kiwis at the Aussie Champs, magical Nationals in Hamilton, a new course at one of New Zealand's most popular mountainbiking parks and much, much more. So relax and enjoy our dedicated page for The Year That Was NZ Disc Golf 2011.
2010 saw Queenstown Gardens achieve the full 18 basket status. We crowned a new National Champion, hit the Australian Open, played with the New Zealand cricket team (the Black Caps) and of course visited all the fantastic Kiwi disc golf destinations as part of the 2010 New Zealand Disc Golf Tour. So kick back and enjoy our dedicated page for The Year That Was NZ Disc Golf 2010.
2009 saw some great advancements for Disc Golf in New Zeland with 4 new basketed courses being installed around the country! The New Zealand Disc Golf Tour visited some exotic locations for disc golf in pristine and sometimes challenging conditions. Our Nationals was held on an all-new course, visiting internationals shared their stories. So kick back and enjoy our dedicated page for The Year That Was NZ Disc Golf 2009.
What a year 2008 was for Disc Golf in New Zeland. The New Zealand Disc Golf Tour visited some exotic locations for disc golf in pristine and sometimes challenging conditions. Not only that, but we also visited the Australian Disc Golf scene not once but twice! We have summarised the year for you, with some of the best pictures and memories that will last for all time. Plus stories from such Kiwi Disc Golf icons as Pete Crowther, Marty 'Scratch' de Haas and more. So kick back and enjoy our dedicated page for The Year That Was NZ Disc Golf 2008.
Wow, what a ripper 2007 was for Disc Golf in New Zealand! We saw the creation of one of the first permanent courses in New Zealand for a long time, Kiwis at the Worlds, upgrades to the awesome Queenstown course, and of course The New Zealand Disc Golf Tour once again visited some exotic locations for disc golf in pristine and sometimes challenging conditions. We have summarised this fabulous year for you, with some of the best pictures and memories that will last for all time. So kick back and enjoy our dedicated page for The Year That Was NZ Disc Golf 2007.