Golfing in Jammu & Kashmir is one of the high point for tourists seeking leisure in the lap of nature. This is the place where golf lovers can enjoy the game throughout the summer from the months of April to November. The valley offers an outstanding opportunity to play golf for long hours in the refreshing golf courses of Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sanasar.
Playing golf in Kashmir can be more relaxing and enjoyable experience as compared to the golfing in plains because of its moderately lower temperature. With every shot, the player watching the ball’s trajectory gets a totally different view unmatched yet. The views encourage all players to excel and impress others. During winter months, the golf courses in Kashmir remain close when the entire valley covered with snow.
The fun of teeing—for all tourists in a professional Golf Course–is only possible in Jammu & Kashmir. In other Indian cities, like Delhi for instance, only the elite can enjoy this leisurely sport. This good news does not end here; all sporting gear, professional tips, caddies … everything is available on hire.
Memberships are in plenty: daily, weekly and monthly too–if staying for longer duration–is up for grabs.
Enjoy Golf the Whole Day
Temperatures in Kashmir seldom rise above 35 degrees, even in so called extreme summers across India. Thanks to the climate, tourists can play golf till they drop. The cool climate, lush green grass, exotic wild flowers exceeding 16 varieties, the small ponds with crystal clear water, snow-capped mountain backdrop and the lingering pine fragrance is an experience of your lifetime.
Golfing is best enjoyed from April to November in general. However, delayed snowfall extends this limit.
Small Golf Courses for Families and Beginners alike
Though all tourists are newcomers many like to try first. Missing the hit a few times is not unseen. The 3 and 6 learning hole practice turfs ensure no one laughs at your mistimed strokes. Even ladies & teenagers like to indulge making it a family outing. The best part is even this golf course gives the look and feel of the larger, professional set up.
Golf Course at Almost Every Venue
Jammu (Sidhra), Gulmarg, Srinagar (The Royal Spring Golf Course and Kashmir Golf Club), Pahalgam and Sanasar cover almost the entire state. Each venue boasts of an 18 hole Golf Course. No other state offers this royal treatment to their tourists.
- Sidhra Golf Course Jammu is 10 km from the airport, 12 km from Railway Station and 8 km from city center.
The newly constructed 18-hole championship golf course provides not only with spectacular views but challenges the professionals too. It has a couple of really long par 4 holes often ruining many golfers’ scorecards.
- Gulmarg Golf Course is barely 1 km from city center.
It is the longest golf course at 7,505 yards with a Par of 72. It features a large practice green at the clubhouse. A golf academy with 3 learning holes is a delight.
At an altitude of 8,700 feet it is located within the heart of the famous ski resort. The grass is A-4 Creeping Bent imported from the US making it the finest summer golfing destination.
- The Royal Spring Golf Course Srinagar is 18 km from the airport and 4 km from Dal Lake.
It is one of the most stunning golf courses you would play in India with the Zabarwan hills in the background and spread over 300 acres of rolling hills. The native deciduous forest, lakes, wilderness with the occasional marsh adds to the beauty. Don’t be surprised if you spot the rare Hangul lurking in the thickets.
It is located close to the Mughal garden and Chashma Shahi and many birds hover for company. The ponds near the holes have ample fishes the birds relish.
- Kashmir Golf Club Srinagar is 52 km from the airport, less than a km from city center.
It is the oldest golf course in Srinagar with a lot of history. It was the venue for many golf tournaments. The 18 holes golf course comes with 9 common fairways and plays to a par 70 course.The end point hill at the backdrop has a famous Shiva Temple. The Chinar & Pine trees add to the charm but also act as the major obstacles too.
- Pahalgam Golf Course, barely 1 km from city center.
Pahalgam Golf Course, 7000 yard, par 71, 18 hole course designed by Ranjit Nanda. At 7,250 feet the ball travels a good 8-9% faster & further. The constantly changing elevation, has water in play at 6 holes, has its share of bunkers of all sizes testing your skills, strategy and patience.
Only the fit can cover all the 18 holes so decide beforehand. The Pahalgam Golf Course poses a challenge to all. Do you have in it to conquer?
- Sanasar Golf Course, at the center of Patnitop to Sanasar route.
Standing at an altitude of 6,300 ft and 19 km from Patnitop this Golf Course which is surrounded by Conifers and cup-shaped meadow is a beauty you should not miss.
Tourists play on same turf used for Tournaments
Around 106 professionals participated in GK Invitational Golf Tournament 2015. The venues were: The Royal Springs at Srinagar and Pahalgam Golf Course. By the way, these same turfs are open for tourists who feel proud of setting their feet and teeing and putting there.
Exclusive Accommodation Within Golf Courses
The club buildings are built in a style reminiscent of old Kashmiri architecture. Some of the Golf Courses rent their exotic hutments in the tourist season. One just needs to approach and ask as this info is not put on the public domain.
Spicy Details Pep You Up
- Gulmarg Golf Course, at 2,650 meters is ranked highest in the world
- The Royal Spring Golf Course, at Srinagar, is the best in India
- Thin air helps carries the ball further at top speed; less effort and maximum result.
- Imported grass from the US adds to the overall pleasure
- The Clubhouses have large practice greens
- Some golf academies provide 3 learning holes, a part of their golf promotion concept
- Playing on grass when ice is melted is an experience in itself.
- The alternating cloud cover and sunshine add a different perspective