Nestled in a cluster of green hills, the picturesque Aamby Valley course has come for praise not just from golfers but former India tennis player Vijay Amritraj, who is commentating in the inaugural Golf Premier League, too expressed his delight at seeing the course in Pune.
The versatile US-based commentator, who has also acted in a few American TV shows and movies, arrived today to be part of the commentary team for the first-of-its-kind franchise-based golf event in the country.
"It's a challenge even for me to commentate. The course is fantastic, it's very nice," he said after being approached by a small group of scribes.
"Night golf is happening here for the first time, so I am looking forward to it," the former Davis Cupper said.
Swedish-born Indian golfer Daniel Chopra, however, felt there is still scope for improvements, and rated the Delhi Golf Course ahead of the one situated in Pune.
"It's beautiful but the fairways need to be taken care of. I thing, that way, the one in Delhi is better. There are some areas that are not level," Chopra said.
The 39-year-old Chopra, who was born to a Swedish mother, led his team to a second-place finish in the Pro-Am, which preceded the Pearls GPL on Thursday night.
A member of the Shubhkamna UP Eagles, Chopra's team comprised Dipak Gupta, Hari Om and Shruti Khanna, and it grabbed the second place on a countback after three teams finished tied at minus 13 points.
Michael Campbell, the 2005 US Open champion, led his four-ball to a win. A member of the Shubhkamna UP Eagles franchise, Campbell had Piyush Tiwari, Piyush Pushpak and S Anand as teammates. They returned a score of minus 14.
"It is nice to start the week with a win and a prize. I am looking forward to the main event now," Campbell, who is from New Zealand, said.