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2011 Australian Disc Golf Titles to be played on one of the ‘world’s best’ courses this November 25-27.

Nate Doss is probably the most widely travelled disc golfer ion the planet; and he rates a course on an island at the bottom of the world as one of the best three he’s ever played. The scenic, riverside, Poimena Reserve, near Hobart, Tasmania, is that course and is the site of this November’s Australian Disc Golf Championships. The eighteen holes traverse steep slopes rising from the Derwent River, with views from the top tee-pads that sweep from the city of Hobart down-river to the mountain ranges of the Island’s interior. 

“It’s just a really beautiful place and I want to come back and play here again” he said when visiting after the 2010 Australian Championships which were held in Perth.

All talk amongst the disc golf community down under is about whether Dave Feldberg will return to defend the Australian Title he won last year. Joining him will be the best from the fast improving Australasian region as well as keen players from Japan and Taiwan who’ll be taking advantage of having a world class event in their backyard. Several other top professionals, such as Jussi Meresmaa, have expressed interest and organisers hope that the Aussie Nationals will cement a place in the world’s disc golf calendar.

“2010 was a beginning”, says Australian Disc Golf President Chris Finn. “I’m not sure why Disc Golf has been slow to catch on in the last twenty years in Australia, but us and the Kiwis (New Zealanders) are making up for lost time now. With weather that allows year-round play and a strong sporting heritage in both countries, it won’t be long before we produce a few players that challenge the best in the world. Dave Feldberg visiting Perth last year was like lighting a match. 2011 will be better yet.”

Tasmania lies 150 miles south of the Australian mainland, surrounded by the Indian, Pacific and Southern Oceans. It sits right in the path of the ‘roaring forties’ – strong winds that circumnavigate the lower latitudes of the globe. Stand on one of the southern beaches and there is nothing between you and Antarctica but the heaving ocean. You’ll breathe fresh sea air that has not crossed land since the Cape of Good Hope and has been scientifically measured as the least polluted in the world. You’ll also have the chance to sample ‘Tassie’s’ abundant natural produce with seafood, wine, beer and cheeses that are all world famous.

The Island offers visitors an essentially Australian experience without the huge distances that can detract from the travel experience on the world largest island continent. Tasmania is only 226 miles long and 190 miles wide. At no point are you more than a couple of hours drive from pristine beaches, world heritage listed wilderness areas, lakes and mountains.

There are not too many wild places left in the world: places where you can sense your distinct human frailty. Where you feel like a privileged guest instead of one of the landlords. Tasmania is one of those destinations and disc golfers looking to combine some serious competition with the chance to enjoy a truly unique holiday should seriously consider entering this year’s event.

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