Royal Springs Golf Course, Srinagar

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Royal Springs Golf Course
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Royal Springs Golf Course Srinagar
Club information
LocationChashme Shahi,
Srinagar,
Kashmir
Owned byJKTDC
Operated byJKTDC
Total holes18
Designed byRobert Trent Jones Jr.
Par72
Length6985 yards

The Royal Springs Golf Course, is a public golf course located near Chashme Shahi over looking Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir.

History[edit]

The Royal Springs Golf Course, previously the Salim Ali National Park is situated at the foot hills of Zabarwan mountains over looking Dal Lake[1][2] and it is managed by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation, as quasi-government institution. The Royal Springs Golf Course, commissioned in 2001,[3] is designed by the American golfer Robert Trent Jones Jr.[4] It is regarded as one of the most picturesque golf course in Asia[5] and has quality amenities like motorised golf carts etc.[6] and is considered as No.1 golf course of India by Golf Digest.[3] This golf course is one such course which is open to non-members also (not restricted to members only)[1] and golf tournaments are conducted at regular intervals.[7][8] First ever women's golf tournament conducted at Srinagar valley, was arranged in this course in July 2012, which attracted more than 50 woman golfers across India.[9]

Overlooking the golf course, in the hillside, is a heritage structure named Paree Mahal, built by Prince Dara Shikoh, son of Emperor Shah Jahan, during Mughal period.[6]

Cork oaks groove[edit]

The golf course harbors a rare groove of cork oaks, planted by last Dogra maharaj, Hari Singh before 1947 and the plants were imported from Europe.[6] Cork had demand then, mostly for closing the bottles and the cork oaks and other trees escaped felling at the time of construction of the golf course.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Raote, Rrishi (8 September 2012). "Heavenly Greens". Business Standard. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  2. ^ Buncombe, Andrew (29 June 2009). "Kashmir : Paradise once again?". The Independent (UK). Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b "India". Robert Trent Jones - Golf Architects. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  4. ^ Rick Lipsey (2007). Golfingon the Roof of the World: In Pursuit of Gross National Happiness. Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 2007. p. 23–. ISBN 9781596910508. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Royal Springs Golf Course Srinagar". golftripz. Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d freepresskashmir.com (21 June 2012). "Memorabilia:Kashmir golf course has a tale of yore". Free Press Kashmir. Archived from the original on 24 June 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Patna Golf Club lifts first inter state golf tournament". Greater Kashmir (news). 4 June 2007. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Greater Kashmir Golfers shine". The Tribune, Chandigarh. 18 June 2007. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  9. ^ Ganai, Naseer (30 July 2012). "Indian Women golfers' "tee off" in Srinagar". India Today (news). Retrieved 21 September 2012.

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Coordinates: 34°5′18.04″N 74°52′15.5″E / 34.0883444°N 74.870972°E / 34.0883444; 74.870972