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Disc Golf in New Zealand in the Year 2011

Welcome to our look back on the year 2011 for all things Disc Golf in New Zealand.

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The 2011 Australian Disc Golf Championships

Poimena Disc Golf Course. Austin's Ferry. Hobart. Tasmania

It’s always great to duck across the ditch to visit out ANZAC mates for a spot of Disc Golf.

And this year saw some highly world ranked players on show including a few World Champions vying for the title on the demanding Poimena Disc Golf Course in Hobart, Tasmania.

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2011 Auckland Champs

Speedo on fire, debut from Maia and Talia and much more

David 'Speedo' Keene heads into the National Match Play Championships on a high after a convincing win at this year's Auckland Champs. And the Kiwi disc golf community were mighty pleased to see a great turnout in the Junior divisions at Monte Cecilia Park...

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Check out Auckland's newest course - Woodhill Forest

With the councils seeming to block any progress of a permanent course in Auckland City, it is pleasing to see some golfers taking matters into their own hands.

Presenting the Woodhill Forest Disc Golf Course courtesy of Bike Parks...

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2011 Smokin' Mountain - 4 smokin' rounds at Ruapehu

Seasoned tour golfers flock to the Smokin' Mountain Disc Golf tournament. Not only do they experience the marvelous hospitality of the Lost Tribe, they experience one of the most spectacular disc golfing vistas you will get. And with TD Des Cooper tweaking the already challenging course it was a case of get out there and see what you can do with your 4 full rounds and the weather. Some did better than others...

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Disc Golf at South Island Masters Games - Isel Park, Nelson

Disc Golf was part of the South Island Masters Games at Nelson was proud to host the event - the first tournament at the Isel Park Disc Golf Course. Regular golfer Pete Crowther from Christchurch proved unbeatable but not without a gee-up from Ultrastar star Quetin Gately. In the Ladies, Joanna Cranness shone in her first ever tourney.

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2011 Gisborne First Light

October - Bob Clark Memorial Disc Golf Tournament | Alfred Cox Park, Gisborne . PDGA C Tier.

The trip to the beautiful East Cape was well and truly worth it for the 8 out of towners. Sunshine, great company and some spectacular golf

From bare footed Mexicans to toothbrush carrying technicians to a rampaging rookie from Levin, this tournament had it all, including oil.

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2011 Christchurch Fling

October 1 & 2 - Victoria Park, Port Hills, Chirstchurch October 1 & 2. PDGA C Tier. NZ Tour Major

Fantastic, challenging course in Victoria Park in the Port Hills overlooking Christchurch, the Canterbury Plains, the snow capped Southern Alps and the Pacific Ocean.

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2011 Faultline Fury

Harcourt Park, Wellington.

Harcourt Park in Upper Hutt, just half an hour from downtown Wellington, is a gem of a Disc Golf course, it has 9 permanent baskets with 2 tees for each giving players a testing 18 holes to play, especially if the Wellington wind gets up...

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Dusty says thanks

The GM never hesitates to welcome travellers and show them disc golf in Aotearoa. Dusty was one of those travellers

"Hey Bob, This is your American buddy you showed around back in 2006, you may not remember me but i have since joined the US Army and am now currently deployed in Afghanistan.

Of course I brought my bag out here and have been throwing as much as possible. I still have the NZ disc you gave me and was just telling my buddies how much fun I had while I was touring NZ and that discing with you guys was a major highlight to my trip so i just wanted to say thanks again.

I still have another year and a half in the army but when I'm out I plan to take some personal time and come back out your way.

BTW its pretty cool seeing my name on the official roster of PDGA NZ. Thanks for posting that. Well anyhow back to the grind and please tell Simon and the rest of the guys I threw with it was a real pleasure!

Take care and hope to see you around the course, your pal, Dusty."

Good luck Dusty and we hope you stay safe.

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2011 Freaky Styley Crater Cup

July 2 & 3 Maungakeikei [One Tree Hill] Auckland.

With a reputation of extremities of climate, the 2011 running of the crater cup surprised all with stunning weather greeting competitors both mornings.

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2011 Gentil Sport Taupo Classic

June 4 & 5 2011 - Spa Park Taupo - PDGA "C Tier".

Spa Park in Taupo would have to be one of the best Disc Golf courses in the world. It’s a shame it only gets basketed once a year for our annual Gentil Sport Taupo Classic.
No matter .. we’ll continue to work on the District Council and in the mean time once a year is better than not at all in our book.

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Taumarunui King Country Classic 2011

Polo X grounds course, Mananui, Taumarunui

What a wonderful weekend. Disc golf form was not that important alongside the weather, the people and the incredible hospitality of Taurarunui's Lost Tribe. Player Nigel Hailstone reminisces the enjoyment of it all...

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16th Annual Helicopter Line Queenstown Classic & Dart River Safaris Paradise Plates 2011

Queenstown & Glenorchy, New Zealand, March 2011.

Everyone who is anyone headed to Paradise in March!!!

This wonderful disc golfing weekend has been gaining world acclaim and this year the fully international field attested to that fact.

We have results, pics and a riveting story from the TD himself James 'Jag' Smithells.

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Christchurch Earthquake

Like all New Zealanders and people around the world, we have been shocked by the devastation of the Christchurch earthquake of 22 Feb 2011 and discgolf.co.nz has made a donation to the Red Cross Chirstchurch Appeal.

We have checked on our disc golfing buddies in the region and all are OK thank goodness, although homes are another matter. Our hearts go out to those affected, particularly those who have lost loved ones.

Bob and Gabb have received messages of concern and support from disc golfers around the world and we thank you for that.

We encourage the disc golfing community to support the Christchurch people and help them rebuild from this catastrophic event. An good way to help is by making a donation to the Red Cross Chirstchurch Appeal, visit www.redcross.org.nz

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Tauranga Extreme 2011

McLaren Falls Park, Tauranga

A great weekend was had by all. The weather was awesome! Sun shining both days and just a light breeze but nothing to upset the golf. The grass was longer than usual which allowed more attacking play on holes 1-5 and 10-12 as the roller was taken out of the equation. No aces so the kitty survives for yet another tourney. Lost plastic was still a factor and a few discs were donated to the belly of the beast.

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PDGA Rule changes for 2011

Bella Rakha, Oratia Auckland 8 & 9 of December 2012

The PDGA Rules Committee has modified several rules that went into effect January 1, 2011. There are a few that will make a difference to what we have been playing for a while now including Holing Out and Obstacles and Relief.

For example which of these discs is ‘in’ the basket?

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2011 NZDG Championships at Hamilton

Pukete Farm Park, Hamilton . February 4, 5 & 6 2011.

Congratulations to our new disc golf champions. Blair Joines from Taumarunui took three play-off holes to win his second straight overall (and Masters) title. Effervescent Fiona 'Ming' Menzies became our 2011 Women's Champion. And we all got to meet our good friend Moe from Germany for the first time.

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The 2011 Rotorua Disc Golf Championships - "The Best Games Ever"

The inaugural Rotorua Disc Golf Champs were held on the weekend of January 15 & 16 2011 at the Scion Tree Nursery course in Rotorua.

Drawfed by towering Redwood Pines, surrounded by vast tracts of native palms, players enjoyed plenty shade from the summer heat whilst experiencing one of the most spectacularly challenging courses in the world.

With players from all over the country entered, local Bay of Plenty talent was well represented with Dean Marshall (Tauranga) and Karoline Jonsson (Papamoa) heading in as favourites to start the season at the top of the pile...

Looking back further - our history

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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