Kiwis who love the sport of disc golf
As a growing resort town, Wanaka offers visitors many outdoor opportunities. And now disc golf is one of those options!
Open, and easily accessible for newcomers and professionals alike, and it is only a 5 minutes walk from downtown. There is no tiger-country, no water shots, and almost no way to lose a disc!
Still, the course offers many challenges, and on a calm day, many aces are in the offing. It is well supported by local players, and Queenstowners alike.
It has firm ground from start to finish, with very short grass, and the walking is easy. The baskets are beautifully designed by Simon Feasey, with swooping curves which are far more sympathetic than the square-bottomed traditional items.
Running down, and then back up the park, the elevation changes by around 60 meters or so, with quite a few uphill and downhill tees. All baskets are visible from each tee. The tee pads are well-constructed too, with hardwood beams heading the wood-bordered paving.
Just a couple of minutes drive from the Lismore Park course (or a 12 minute bike ride around the Eastern lake edge from town), the Eely Point Disc Golf course offers a change from the wide fields and hills of Lismore, challenging players on their accuracy through and around the pines that line each side of the point.
Like most wooded courses, all holes at Eely reward an accurate (but not necessarily long) drive from the teepad. Hole 2 ("Straight Up"), Hole 5 ("Thyme Lords") and Hole 6 ("Rock Of Ages") are some fun "Thread The Needle" type examples of this.
Hole 3, with it's basket at the tip of the point, offers not just the best views on the course but possibly the easiest ace opportunity (on a calm day at least), while Hole 8 is the longest of the course at just shy of 110m (360ft).
Underfoot you'll play the first four holes on a carpet of pine needles, transitioning to grass for the remainders of the holes.
All up you'll find Eely Point offers a disc golf experience similar to Queenstown's Garden Course, making it the perfect complement to the original Lismore Park course.