Gallery2-Set at an altitude of 8700 feet its a spectacular course with Bent grass greens -Pic courtesy -Ranjit Nanda
Gallery4-The Gulmarg golf course has two 650 yard plus Par 5's & is a challenging layout .It has a links style layout .Pic courtesy -Ranjit Nanda
Gallery3-The Gulmarg Golf Course was formally inaugurated on 18th of September, 2011 by the Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir , Mr. Omar Abdullah
Gallery5- The clubhouse at the course
Gallery6- The Gulmarg golf course from 13500 feet is a sight to behold .Set in a valley encircled by conifers its located at the foot of the ski slopes of Gulmarg
Gallery7- Exquisite views are guaranteed when you play at this course
Gallery8-Some of the greats at Gulmarg.The course has a history that goes back to 1911 & was a pioneering course in the history of golf in India
Gallery9-View of the opening hole at the Gulmarg course
About this course
The redesigned (now the longest course in the country at 7505 yards) Gulmarg Golf Course was formally inaugurated on 18th of September, 2011 by the Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, Mr. Omar Abdullah. Ranjit Nanda & associates redesigned this golf course that is carved out within a meadow & that has at least 16 different species of wild flowers. The flowers are in full bloom from about the middle of June till early September. The 18 hole championship course is a stern test of golf from the back tees and measures 7505 yards with a Par of 72.
It has the longest dual sided driving range in the country of over 600 yards with target greens to aim at from both sides. There is a large practice green at the Clubhouse too. A golf academy with 3 learning holes is also part of the concept. The greens on the course are large, undulating and very quick with a stimp -meter reading of 10 + feet on regular days. The greens have been designed to fit into the natural landscape with undulations and contours merging with the surrounding areas. In order to prevent erosion, some bunkers have unique wooden sleeper faces. There are a number of bunkers on the course that have been designed to ‘fit’ into the natural character of the course. The grass on the greens is A-4 Creeping Bent imported from the United States.It is potentially one of the finest summer golfing destinations in the world.
Golf is a way of life at Gulmarg. At an altitude of 8700 ft located in the heart of the world famous ski resort . The historic Gulmarg Golf Club was started in 1911 by the British who used the place as a holiday resort. Since then it has seen over 100 years of tournaments of both amateurs & professionals.
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 werebrowns in those days. By 1896, three more holes in the nullah, below Raja Sir Amar Singh’s house, were added. In 1901, the Maharaja of Kashmir donated land at Gulmarg for laying out a golf course, which came to be known as the Upper Golf Course. In 1915 a 9-hole course, also known as ‘Rabbits Course’ was also built. There was a separate 6-hole course for children.By the 1920′s the resort was totally covered with golf courses : two 18-hole courses, the ‘Upper ’& the ‘Lower’ & one 9-hole course, which was more famous as the ‘Rabbits Course’.
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 same year saw the D.P. Vasu Championship for Women and the Children’s Golf Competition. In 1931 the women’s foursomes played at Gulmarg on the Lower Course. The Northern India Amateur Golf Championship was played from 1947 to 1953. After the troubled times of 1948 when golfing had come to stand still, the J&K government took over the maintenance of the now 18-hole course. Enthusiasts welcomed the revival of golf in Gulmarg in 1954 when many events, such as Duncan Vase, O.P. Vase, Civil Cup and Nedou’s Cup tournaments were held.
The Northern India Championship was played at Gulmarg till 1989 when it had to be shifted to the Delhi Golf Club due to problems in the Valley.Gulmarg, with its rarefied atmosphere, is natural all the way. As the ball is hit, it ‘whistles’ its way to the next hole. The turf, since it lies buried six to eight feet under snow for five months of the year, is soft. The greens have a combination of moss and a high variety of grass and natural slopes, which are fast to play on, and the thin air carries the ball further. Golfing at Gulmarg’s 18-hole course is a unique experience – you literally feel you are on top of the world.
The course has now been redesigned again by Ranjit Nanda & now is a 7505 yard course making it currently India’s longest golf course (as of Sept 2012)
NOTE: While accessing the course you may be stopped at a checkpoint & told that you have to use a “Pony/Horse” to get to the course & park your car there. Please note that you are allowed to use your car & go straight to the golf course.
Credits: From the J&K tourism site & Jammu.com & from the course architect Ranjit Nanda