Gurgaon gets links golf course

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

Links courses, as opposed to the regular manicured ones, are generally situated closet to the sea.

Gurgaon gets links golf course
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Gurgaon:

Links courses, as opposed to the regular manicured ones, are generally situated closet to the sea. The word 'links' come from the fact that these courses were built on the land that linked the mainland to the sea. One such course is the Golden Greens Golf Club in Gurgaon, built by income tax official Indervir Singh Juneja, known as 'Gulli' to his friends. Situated 25 km away from Delhi's international airport, the course was built at a cost of nearly Rs 70 crore, and started operating about four years ago. Tough task Juneja, a member of the R&A course at St Andrews, says it was his dream to bring a Scotland-style links course in India. But making it on the flat lands around the Arravali hills wasn't an easy task. A famous golf architect from Scotland was hired to do the job, and the final effort meant that India could boast of its first links course. To put it simply, you could get sea sick while going on a cart. The undulating fairways mean that there is hardly a stretch of land on the 275 acres over here that is flat. Impressive features There's enough tall grass and rough to make you feel like you are playing at the British Open, and then there are nearly 100 pot hole bunkers on this course. There's also an impressive club house but this will soon be a huge resort, complete with villas, a spa and other sports facilities. A tie-up with a large resort chain is also on the cards. Juneja says building the golf course was just part one of his dream, a dream that should be possible one day. But the one thing that isn't possible is to bring the links course kind of weather to Golden Greens. But noone's complaining about seeing too much of the sun!

Topics : Golf
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