South Canterbury Disc Golf Club founder Chris Smith has been preparing the ground for Temuka’s new disc golf course.
Discs will soon be flying at the Timaru District’s first 18-hole disc golf course.
South Canterbury Disc Golf Club founder Chris Smith climbed into a digger at Torepe Fields in Temuka last week, to begin forging 18 holes for a 1.7 kilometre course expected to attract players from around New Zealand.
Smith had already poured 14 hours of manual labour into the $18,000 project when he started up the digger, with the course expected to be ready to open by December 12.
“The signage posts are in, the tee pad areas are being poured on Monday, and the basket targets are due to arrive at the end of next week,’’ Smith said.
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“It’s pretty exciting.”
He said the course would be longer than others in the district with players required to throw an average of 85 to 90 metres per hole.
“A lot of courses locally are short, pitch-and-putt.’’
“The way wind plays through the place [Torepe Fields] will add a new element. It will test precision over distance because when you start pushing the 100m mark, it makes it a bit more difficult to make the disc go where you want it to go.”
As there were no trees or other natural obstacles on the course, Smith had “improvised” by installing about 10 deer posts and planned to add rock piles.
“I think it’s going to play well for beginners and the more experienced.
“It’s going to expose a new community to the game.”
The course was originally due to open in October, but suffered a setback when the Temuka Community Board discovered the proposal conflicted with long-term development plans for the Temuka Domain and more consultation was needed with tenants.
“Once we located the space available, it wasn’t terribly hard to fit.’’
The board approved a course layout last month and contributed $3000 to the baskets, the Temuka Projects Trust contributing a further $4000.
Smith said he was in discussions to establish a course in Fairlie, and was considering spaces for one in Geraldine, but “one thing at a time at this stage”.