, 2022-07-28 00:11:00,
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Waimate District Council has given the go ahead for a new international grade disc golf course.
An international grade 18-hole disc golf course proposed for Waimate has been given the green light by the district council.
In June, Waimate2gether, the group behind the $500,000 redevelopment of the district’s White Horse monument, proposed the disc golf course be built at Knottingley Park and Arboretum. At the time, council supported the proposal in principle but requested more information.
At the council meeting on Tuesday, after an updated report by council’s parks and reserves manager for council Alison Banks was tabled, council agreed to support the proposal.
Waimate2gether project manager Peter Vendetti said the group was happy with council’s decision on the disc golf course, which is to be funded by Waimate2gether.
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“We look forward to going ahead with the project,” Vendetti said.
Vendetti said they were now awaiting the $60,000 funding approval for the course from the Department of Internal Affairs.
Banks said, following council’s request for more information, Waimate2gether engaged Wanaka-based Vortica Disc Golf to review the proposed site and provide relevant information.
estimated between 500 and 1000 players from outside the region will visit Waimate specifically to play the new 18-basket design.
Vortica said very little maintenance would be required once the course was installed.
“The installation of the course requires limited hand-pruning of some trees to open up fairways and make the greens accessible,” Banks said.
Regarding environmental concerns, Vortica uses untreated wet 150 millimetres by 50mm heartwood macrocarpa for all tee-pad frames.
“This ensures no chemicals leeching into surrounding soils.”
It has been proposed a local disc golf club/society be formed to potentially take over ownership of the course hardware once installed, but certainly to perform the required maintenance.
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