Indian women golfers ‘tee off’ in Srinagar

first_imgMore than 50 women golfers from across India gathered in Srinagar on Saturday as part of a novel initiative to promote tourism in the Valley – its first-ever women’s golf tournament.Held at the picturesque Royal Springs Golf Course (RSGC), the organisers hope the event would help promote the Valley as a tourist hotspot and a viable alternative to the more popular destinations in Europe for domestic tourists.”The concept is to make RSGC a preferred holiday destination for golfers. Why go to Europe when you have such a beautiful golf course around and with all kinds of facilities,” Netu Bansal Agarwal of Golf Boutique, a Delhi based organisation that seeks to promote women’s golf, said.”We are planning to organise such tournaments in different states throughout the country. We thought it would be a good idea to start from Srinagar,” she added.Agarwal said the Valley’s favourable weather conditions and the “excellent” turf at RSGC prompted them to organise the event in Srinagar.Nuzhat Jehangir, the turf manager of the course, claims RSGC is among the best in India.Situated adjacent to the Chesmashahi (royal springs) gardens that were built by Mughal emperor Jehangir, the golf course was designed by Robert Trent of the United States. Overlooking Kashmir’s iconic Dal lake, RSGC is located on the foothills of the Zabarwan mountain range and boasts of four royal springs.The springs are known for their soft, sweet water.Apart from the obvious scenic beauty, the golf course has all the ingredients for a grand golf vacation, with two marshes, a club house, comfort stations, tea shelters, a heritage house as well as a maintenance yard. The 7,089-yard area of the course was carved out of forest land.advertisement”We would like to have more and more such tournaments,” Jehangir said, referring to Saturday’s golf fest.Ritu Dawan, one of the sponsors of the event, said, “It is a learning process for all of us. We hope these events would be regular feature.”last_img