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Golf In Kashmir

Golf In Kashmir

Golf In Kashmir

Gulmarg also has one of the world's highest green golf courses, as well as a clubhouse, which is a historical building in its own right. For the would-be golfer, there are golf sets on hire, pros to instruct one in the game, and temporary memberships. Naturally, these facilities are available to players as well, except that serious golfers usually carry their sets along.

Established in the early days of the British rule by Sir Neville Chamberlain, K.C.B., the Gulmarg Golf Club has attracted golfers for almost a century. It .is almost as if god intended a golf course at Gulmarg when he created it: a lush green bowl covered with a variety of alpine flowers and crises crossed by snow fed streams and rivulets; gently undulating slopes carpeted with a natural mossy turf, and a crisply cool bracing weather! What more could a golfer ask for?

Redesigned by the famous golf architect, Peter Thompson, Gulmarg now has a 6,760 yards, par 72, 18 hole golf course. The highest course in the world, it also boasts of India's longest hole, a par five, 610 yards. Unlike most of the other par-fives on the Gulmarg course, the eighth plays much longer than its 610 yards because of the uphill factor. The green course includes not only the pre-defined rivulets, streams and ponds, but also herds of sheep which eliminate the need for lawn mowers and keep the fairways in top condition. A golfer at Gulmarg also has to beware of the local crow which does not hesitate before taking off with a ball from the fairway, presumably mistaking it for an egg.

The most interesting and trying hole on the Gulmarg course is undoubtedly the 17th. Although not very long, it calls for some precise hitting to land on the green which is precariously placed on the edge of a cliff. The 18th hole, a par five, is an exhilarating experience. It's downhill travel from St. Mary's Church to the club house, a drop of 300 feet. The Gulmarg Golf Club is well equipped to handle the holiday golfer and arrange for the services of caddies and coaches; golf sets can also be hired at very reasonable rates. Amenities at the club include a bar, library, lounge, table tennis, lawn tennis and a putting green. The Gulmarg course is usually open between April and November, as it is covered by snow for the rest of the year and its gentle slopes are transformed into mini ski runs for beginners.

 
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