Contest last in national tournament series

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Baskets of fun . . . Dunedin Disc Golf president Tom MacKay (left) and assistant competition director Max Evans practise for this weekend's national tournament. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

Discs will be flying at Waiora Scout Camp this weekend as Dunedin plays host to a national tournament.

Dunedin Disc Golf has organised the event, which is the final competition in a 19-date series – the first of which was held in Auckland in February.

The competition will also double as the South Island championships.

Club president Tom MacKay said he expected about 60 players to attend and the club had to create a larger, temporary course to accommodate all the players.

The course will have 25 holes, rather than the usual 18. All nine baskets will be taken from the Chingford Park course and others will be supplied by Unipol, club members and the Queenstown and Invercargill clubs.

“It’s a bit of a team effort by the clubs around the [area] to make the events work,” he said.

The Chingford Park course will be closed until Monday.

MacKay said the sport was “basically like normal golf” but easier to pick up.

The key to nailing the throws was persistence, learning the right technique and having the correct grip.

“If you can get that it’s a good start.”

The club had about 20 members – up from about five a couple of years ago – and the sport attracted people of all ages, from 6 years old to 60, he said.

“It’s a good sport for anyone.”