Golfing in India
A look at Indian golf courses
The Ministry of Tourism organised its 28th webinar on “India – A Golfer’s Paradise” that unfolded the thrill and beauty of golfing in key spots and far flung destinations of India providing 365 days of Golf vacation experience to golfers across the nation and abroad.
The session was moderated by Ms. Rupinder Brar, ADG, Ministry of Tourism and presented by Rajan Seghal, Co-founder PASSIONALS; Amish Desai, Director, Beleast Travels P Ltd and Arun Iyer, Managing Director, My Golf Tour. “Dekho Apna Desh Webinar Series” is an effort to showcase India’s rich diversity through virtual platforms.
The presentation began with the moderator Ms Rupinder Brar describing the mindful pleasures of golfing as a meditative activity and how a composed game such as golf can eliminate the battles of stress the human mind goes through. According to a survey, a golfer spends 40-45% more than a normal tourist and takes about 2-3 golfing holidays in a year. Golf tourism in India particularly, Mr. Rajan Sehgal said, has a strong potential since the climatic condition is more favourable here as compared to most countries. The picturesque landscapes of the country and exceptional hospitality services too, add to the enhanced experience of golf tourism in India.
The session was handed over to Mr. Arun Iyer for continuing with golf courses in western and eastern region of the country. His first location was Maharashtra which has The Bombay Presidency Golf Course, The Willington Sports Club and the Kharghar Valley Golf Course in Mumbai. These courses are located amidst the centre of the city, but one will be pleased to play a game here to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Other golf courses include Aamby Valley Golf Course near the hills of Lonavala that has night golfing facility, then there is the Pune Golf Course and the Oxford Golf Course located in a valley near Pune. These courses have many accolades and titles to themselves.
The second location that Mr. Iyer highlighted on was Ahmedabad which is the fastest growing city in terms of new courses and promoting junior golf. Kalhaaar Blues and Greens, Kensville Golf Resort, Gulmohar Green Golf & Country Club, Glade One and The Belvedere Golf Course. The Gaekwad Baroda Heritage Golf Club in Gujarat surrounds the magnificent Laxmi Vilas Palace which is four times bigger than the Buckingham palace.
Info: The Dekho Apna Desh Webinar series has conducted 28 sessions showcasing the varied tourism products and experiences that India offers across the country. The idea behind these Webinars are to promote and showcase the rich heritage, culture, customs and traditions of our beautiful Country to enable people to understand the diversity that is India which will further help in enhancing and understanding bonding between the States thereby strengthening the unity and integrity of India.