India's only Public Golf Course the Qutub, is now hosting a Pro-Am tournament for the first time in the country's golfing history. The par 70 course is hosting its first tournament for professional golfers. Most of the golfers found it to be at par with the private golf courses in India. Concerns raised But they were a little concerned about the fact that the course only has a yardage of about 5,700 aÂ" well below that of any international course. "All golf courses are the same whether it's private or public. The only problem with this one is it's size. And I feel a score of 25 under is a winning score," said Mukesh Kumar, professional golfer. "It is an easy course on the whole because of its less yardage, and more competition will come out once its size is increased," said Digvijay Singh, professional golfer. New era in golf With the backdrop of the Qutub Minar, the course is constructed, developed and maintained by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA). Designed by Stephen K, a US-based architect, the course is open to the general public at nominal charges and is perhaps the cheapest way to learn and master the game. "Anybody can come and play. They just need to pay Rs 150," said Brigadier Virendra Kumar, Secretary, Qutab Golf Course. And just like Arjun Atwal's performance to finish second at the BellSouth Classic in Gerogia in USA, the DDA Open Golf Championship at "the people's course" will go down as one of the defining moments in the history of Indian golf.
Topics : Golf