The New Zealand Disc Golf Association (NZDG) is the national and governing body of the sport.
We are an incorporated not-for-profit society. Directors and Non-Executives are unpaid volunteers.
We have some 800 active Members (and growing). Membership is granted to disc golfers who play in sanctioned NZ tournaments.
There are an estimated 20,000 recreational disc golfers in New Zealand (also growing). There are some 46 disc golf courses in the country.
NZDG is affiliated to two international bodies, the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) and the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF). In turn, the 18 local disc golf clubs in New Zealand are affiliated to NZDG.
NZDG Board of Directors
Meet the team.
Brady first discovered disc golf in 2007 playing the wooded courses of New England in the United States. Having moved to New Zealand in 2012, he truly fell in love with the sport and the community surrounding it. Brady is one of the original founders of Greater Wellington Disc Golf, The Middle Earth Open tournament director, and a course designer in the Wellington region. This is Brady's second time serving on the NZDG board and his first time as Chair.
Keith first started playing on Waiheke Island in 1998. He plays less these days with many other commitments, but hopes to get more into it in again in the coming years. Keith is a Co-Founder and Director of RPM Discs and consequently is heavily involved in the disc golf industry day in, day out. Keith was keen to come on to the board at this time to assist the current Board in moving the association and its members forward.
Bray found disc golf at Queens Park in Invercargill in 2019 and was instantly hooked. Bray is a part of the Disc Golf South committee and runs several events. With this, working in sales and estimating for a window joinery company, and a young daughter Bray has his hands full. Despite this, Bray's drive to improve the quality and professionalism of the NZDG tour led to him running for Tour Director. Bray hopes to improve the standards of the tour and is open to all thoughts, feedback and opinions on this.
Andrew starting playing disc golf shortly after Invercargill's first course was installed in Queens Park in 2017. With little background throwing a frisbee, his first throws were not a pretty sight!
After becoming addicted to the sport, his throws are marginally better and he now serves on Disc Golf Dunedin and NZDG boards. Andrew ran for communications director to use his experience running other clubs' communications to improve the connection between the board and NZDG members.
Chris Van Rensburg
Chris has been playing disc golf for almost a year and is totally addicted to plastic. Having been a competitive golfer, he knows there is no substitute for practice and working on a good technique so spends much of his spare time with a disc in his hand. Chris is the Group Relationship manager for a large financial planning company and has been in the finance industry from the time he left school.
Having a good work life balance is extremely important to Chris. Outside of work, he is a wildlife and portrait artist and has had several exhibitions here and abroad. He believes that keeping physically active is all part of having a good life balance, Chris and his wife Jo started a social running club which is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing “clubs” in Canterbury.
His focus for his term, as treasurer, is finding ways to add value to the NZDG members and clubs.
Chris has been playing disc golf poorly since 2003. This hasn't dampened his enthusiasm for the sport. After moving to Blenheim 3 years ago, Chris made it his goal to get an 18 hole course installed. As of September 2022, the course will be completed within a few weeks. This has received great uptake from the local community. He has also had success in getting disc golf into local schools with some adding disc golf to their physical education syllabus. Growth of the sport is a priority for Chris and motivated his decision to run to become our Outreach Director. Chris welcomes all thoughts and input as he navigates this new challenge.
Meet the team.
PDGA NZ Representative
Simon lives at Bella Rakha with his wife Yvette and two girls Talia and Caitlin. Simon started playing Disc Golf in 1999 and fell in love with the game. In 2000 he was involved in starting the NZDG tour and remained on the NZDG board until 2019. Over the past 20 years Simon has played competitive disc golf both nationally and internationally, represented the Flying kiwis and attending many pro PDGA sanctioned events.
Simon is the cofounder of RPM Discs and several years ago took on the role as the NZ PDGA representative.
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From time to time, the New Zealand Disc Golf Board sets up various 'Working Groups' to work on projects and then to report back to the board.
** The board would like to invite our members to take part in relevant working groups. Please contact our Communications Director, Andrew Fleming if you are interested!
Tour Working Group
Bray Marsden, Brady Kuech, Haydn Shore, Chris Hoopmann and Tom MacKay
Outreach Working Group
Chris Corbyn, Keith Inwood