Golfing In Kashmir In the verdant golf courses at Srinagar and Gulmarg, you will be able to play for longer hours than you can in the plains because of the lower temperatures – Srinagar’s highest temperature seldom goes above 35°C. Srinagar offers an exclusive opportunity for golfing in Kashmir enthusiasts to play almost through the entire year. During the summers, while the plains are boiling, Srinagar’s temperate climate allows the golfer to play longer hours without getting tired. During winters, the courses in Srinagar are closed, only when snowbound.
The course at Gulmarg is like nothing you’ve ever seen or imagined before. Situated at an altitude of 2,650 m, it is the highest green golf course anywhere in the world. The layout of the course too is strikingly different from most golf courses – the land slopes and inclines along the complete area of the course, which has a par of 72. The historic Gulmarg Golf Club was started in 1911 by the British who used the place as a holiday resort. The origin of Gulmarg as the Golfing Mecca of India goes back to the late 19th century when a 6-hole course was made in 1890-91 by Colonel Neville Chamberlain – the greens were known as browns in those days. The first Golf championship was played at Gulmarg in 1922. The Nedou’s Cup was introduced in 1929. In 1930, ‘The World’ beat Scotland.
The course remains covered under snow from December to April. One can hire Golf Sets and balls from pros who are registered with the Tourism Department. The Golf Course is under major renovation these days, with many greens and tees being relocated. It is expected that the course shall be ready to welcome Golfers by the middle of next year.
Tourist Office Gulmarg: + 91 1954 254439, 87
Golf Club, Gulmarg : + 91 1954 254507
A hundred years of golfing in Kashmir
The Kashmir Golf Club has all the luxuries fitted that make playing golfing in Kashmir a memorable experience. It is spread over 52 sprawling acres of lush land adjoining the Maulana Azad Road, the City’s main avenue. With well laid out bunkers and hazards, interspersed between chinars & pine, this professional 18-hole course and has been the venue of many tournaments. The course has common fairways and a par of 70.
Associated with history of Kashmir Golf Club is its famous pro man of many golfing facets, the 98-year old Ghulam Mohammad. In 1930, he was the first golfing professional in India. He has trained hundreds of aspiring golfers during his long career as a golfing pro. According to Ghulam Mohammad, “golf is like an addiction. You can’t have enough of it.”
Secretary, Kashmir Golf Club: + 91 194 24
Royal Springs Golf Course
Royal Spring Golf Course voted as India’s best Golf course
Spanning an expense of 300 acres near the famous Cheshma Shahi, The Royal Spring Golf Course was designed and laid out by the World renowned Golf architect, Robert Trent Jones Jr. II, who has designed about 500 courses all over the World, including in Bangkok and China. The Golf course picturesque located over looking the famous Dal Lake, is set in a natural environment created against the dramatic backdrop of Zabarwan hills. The setting is a combination of aesthetic delight and golfing pleasure and is a truly transcending experience for the Golfer and nature lover alike. The 18 holes, 6445 mtrs. Course at a par of 72 offer a challenge to all levels of players, and is now widely acknowledged as the best Golf Course in India.
The fairways are turfed with cool weather grass of different Shades. Rye, Kentucky blue and tall frescoes have been bordering trees lend a touch of colour throughout the golfing season. Apart from permanent members, many golf lovers pay Green Fee on a daily basis; presently these rates are Rs. 300/- for 18 holes and Rs 200/- for 9 holes. You can also hire Golf Carts, services of caddies, or even opt to stay inside the Golf Course in exotic hutments.
The club building is built in a style reminiscent of old Kashmiri architecture with separate wings of locker rooms, and offers the following facilities:
Bar and Restaurant.
Billiards and Ping-Pong.
Royal Springs Golf Course,
(Cheshma Shahi) Boulevard Road,
Srinagar – 190001.
Telephone: + 91 1194 2501178, 2501179