Disc golf opens at idle Ascot golf course in Christchurch

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An earthquake-wracked golf course in Christchurch left idle for nine years is back in use – but with a twist. 

Christchurch’s third disc golf course opened on the former Ascot golf course near the Taiora QEII​ sport centre in Burwood.

The traditional golf club closed after it was walloped by the September 2010 earthquakes.

Chris Hopman plays disc golf at Christchurch's newest course, near QEII. The mature trees,  which once featured at the Ascot traditional golf course, are ideal for disc golf.
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Chris Hopman plays disc golf at Christchurch’s newest course, near QEII. The mature trees, which once featured at the Ascot traditional golf course, are ideal for disc golf.

The new 18-hole, par-57, 1620-metre Frisbee golf course is free to players. A fourth course is set to open before Christmas.

Ascot is the “first semi-serious disc golf course in Christchurch,” designer and disc golf entrepreneur Chris Davies said.

Bart Taylor "putts" for a disc golf "hole". The activity replaces golf balls and clubs with Frisbees.
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Bart Taylor “putts” for a disc golf “hole”. The activity replaces golf balls and clubs with Frisbees.

“There couldn’t be a better location,” he said.

Davies didn’t follow the old ball golf layout because open fairways were “boring” for disc throwers, he said.

They preferred obstacles such as trees that increased the challenge as players had to curl discs around them.

Keen disc golfers carry 20 or more discs. Some are suited for long drives, others for doglegs.
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Keen disc golfers carry 20 or more discs. Some are suited for long drives, others for doglegs.

The fourth disc golf course would have nine holes (baskets) on residential red zone land that Life in Vacant Spaces was activating around Brooker Ave in Burwood.

Davies and the Christchurch Disc Golf Club had ambitious plans to build disc golf courses in every ward of the city.

Like the existing courses, they wouldn’t require public money, Davies said. The club did not have a lot of money and sought donations.

The Ascot  Disc Golf Course at QEII has opened with modest tee markers and baskets. Organisers hope donations will fund upgrades. Mando! is the name of the hole.
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The Ascot Disc Golf Course at QEII has opened with modest tee markers and baskets. Organisers hope donations will fund upgrades. Mando! is the name of the hole.

The other disc golf courses are at Jellie Park (18 baskets) and Queenspark (nine baskets).

Course maps are available from the Christchurch Disc Golf social media page.

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