Disc golf proposed for park

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Martin Conway, from Disc Golf South (left), and Calvin Jenkins (13) promote the disc golf game in Queens Park.DISC golf, which involves throwing a plastic disc the size of a small plate into a wire basket, may soon be the newest sport on offer at Queens Park.

The proposal for the sport to be set up in the park was discussed at the Invercargill City Council infrastructure and service committee meeting in February by the council subject to funding, Disc Golf South club member Martin Conway said.

The club was established last year when “a bunch of six guys who were interested in the sport got-together and came up with the idea”, he said.

The proposed 18-basket course would be set up in the less-frequently used areas of the park, from the Herbert St entrance, alongside the central path/road of the park, Coronation Ave, before finishing at the Southland Museum & Art Gallery at the south end of the park.

Members of the club were recently at the park with a disc golf basket and discs promoting the sport and the course.

“It is a family-friendly activity for everybody, from 2 year olds to grandparents to take part in,” Mr Conway said.

Already established in Queenstown and Wanaka, a national tournament had been held throughout New Zealand with about 50 people touring and playing, he said.

Discussions for the Queens Park course had already been held with funding providers. It had been confirmed that Sport Southland would own the baskets and equipment and the council would maintain the grounds around the course, he said.

The next round of funding applications for the venture would be in April and May and he hoped the course would be ready for spring.

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