Wednesday, June 19, 2024

New disc golf course flies into action

Western Bay of Plenty District Council has launched a new nine-hole disc golf course at TECT Park.

Designed and built by Haydn Shore, of Disc Shop Disc Golf, the course is free to use and can be found at the back of the freedom camping area.

“We’re excited to bring disc golf to the park, adding a new activity for people of all skill levels to enjoy. Whether you’re a seasoned player or new to the sport, this nine-hole course is a great excuse to get outdoors in a beautiful setting and have fun with whānau and friends,” says TECT Park Ranger, Emily Bykar.

There are now more than 70 disc golf courses in New Zealand. The new course at TECT Park is the second for the Western Bay of Plenty – there is also a full, 27-basket course at McLaren Falls.

Disc golf, or frisbee golf, is played much like ball golf, but players throw discs instead of hitting a ball. The target is a metal basket, and the aim is to get the disc/frisbee into the basket in as few shots as possible.

Last year, Council sought feedback from the community about what new activities people would like to see at the park. More than 690 people shared their ideas, and Council says it is now in the process of finalising a plan for the park’s future.

“As we continue to develop TECT Park, sustainability, education, and cultural enrichment remain at the forefront of our plans. Disc golf aligns well with these values, offering a low-impact activity for people of all ages to enjoy,” says Ms Bykar.

Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Tauranga City Council jointly purchased TECT Park in 2004 with a vision to create a giant adventure playground.

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