Teeing Off – At The Country’s Longest Golf Course
January 22, 2018
What’s common between Steenberg Club in Cape Town, Yas Links in Abu Dhabi, The Royal Melbourne Club in Melbourne, Meadow Lake Golf Course in Whitehorse, Canada, Yanggakdo International Hotel Course in Pyongyang and the upcoming DDA golf course near Gurgaon?
They are all top Pro-level Golf Courses that define the character of the place -the lifestyle quotient of a location being marked by the amenities it offers, such as world-class sporting facilities. Golf, in particular, is known as a rich man’s game – it’s a game that is taken up by people once they have ‘arrived’ in life.
Golf in India, came with the British, hence is ‘a sport of gentlemen;’ and till the late 50s was still governed by British rules, in terms of who could play it. Early 60s saw the sport moving out of the high echelons of the Calcutta Club, which thus far was the only Golf Club in India and being open in other cities as well. Today, it’s fair game to whomsoever desires it, though still an expensive sport to take up and so is limited to those of means or sponsorship.
A world-class Golf course is not just an international sport venue for local residents, it offers great attraction for visitors not just from other cities in India but even globally. Golf enthusiasts are known to plan their holidays around a destination that offers them a chance to try the sport on a good course.
The upcoming DDA Golf Course in Dwarka near Gurgaon will put NCR on the global map of golfing. The 18-hole Golf Course is being developed to international standards, and unlike a club which restricts memberships with high subscription fee, will be operated on a pay-and-play basis. So, anybody can just walk in and play.
But that’s not all. It’s not just a Golf Course; the plan includes a high-end clubhouse with facilities such as a sauna, gymnasium, swimming pool, pro shop, restaurants and bar, conference halls, making it a place for families to spend a day or to host a business conference that includes a time for camaraderie.
Taking it a step forward, DDA plans to extend the facility to include a Golf academy, providing youngsters a new sporting venue and a chance to learn the game. Ask Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer or Tiger Woods – it’s far more lucrative than even cricket. Jeev Milkha Singh has probably been most successful Indian in this sport. For the son of legendary Milkha Singh, the greens of the Golf Course seem to have been more attractive than the running tracks.
To the residents of some of the high-end luxury villas on the Dwarka Expressway, such as the International City from Sobha Ltd., many who would have already played on some of the best putting greens of the world, having this international standard golf course, so close to home will certainly be something to look forward to.
Here’s to some world-class golfing soon.