65 students are competing in the 2nd Golf Championship organized by CIDCO Ltd. for students at the Kharghar Valley Golf Course.

Vibhu Tyagi won the championship in the 1st edition of the tournament in 2018.

Incidentally today is Golfers Day too. NewsWithChai visited the golf course in Kharghar and met Pavithra of Pavithra Hospitality who is looking after the cafeteria and the clubhouse in this golf course. She informed that the sport is getting popular in the city steadily with nearly a hundred golfers playing in the Kharghar golf course on holidays and weekends and about fifty during weekdays.

The Kharghar Valley golf course was inaugurated on April 9, 2018 by Bhushan Gagrani, the then vice chairman and managing director of CIDCO, informed Pavithra.

The Kharghar Valley golf course is the only golf course in the Navi Mumbai project area and is located in sector 22 in Kharghar along the Kharghar foothills and opposite the Central Park.

It is an 11 hole public golf course with coaches and caddies, an exquisite club house, a cosy canteen for snacks and meals and well laid out fairways, greens with fountains and sprinklers, bunkers and a majestic backdrop of the mountain and a view of the historical Pandavkada waterfall (only during monsoons).

The 103 hectares golf course, located close to the Mumbai – Pune national highway, is an international quality and standards golf course designed by the Melbourne based Australian firm Pacific Coast Design at a projected cost of Rs. 50 crores for the 18 holes course (though presently Rs.38 crores have been utilized for the 11 holes golf course.

CIDCO plans to set up a Golfing Academy and no memberships have commenced as on date. Golfers can utilize the facility presently on a pay and play basis. The charges are Rs. 600 plus taxes for a single person,  Rs. 300 plus taxes for school students till X std., Rs. 300 plus taxes for CIDCO employees and ex-employees and Rs. 1200 plus taxes for foreigners. The charges for all the above are double during weekends and holidays and school students are not allowed on these days. The cost for golf balls, hiring coaches and carts too will have to be paid as applicable.

It is undoubtedly a great place for golfers to converge and meet as also play the elite game, which is an amazing bonding opportunity.

Sections of the Kharghar Valley Golf Course

Though considered a game of the rich and the super-rich, Tiger Woods, who has won 14 majors brought the sport to the masses sporting more of an athletic look.

Jack Nicklaus is considered the best golfer ever with 18 major titles. Walter Hagen won 11 majors. Arnold Palmer, another great golfer has a drink made of half lemonade and half iced tea named after him and drunk while watching a golf movie.

Dustin Johnson is the top ranked golfer today but Tiger Woods was in that position for the highest consecutive weeks (281) and most total weeks (683).

Annika Sorenstam, a retired Swedish professional, is one of the most accomplished female golfers in the world, who led women’s golf to the era of big earnings. She is the only female to cross the $20 million mark for LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) career earnings and crossing $22 million in total career earnings from the game.

The golf game originated in Scotland in the 14th century and the 1st golf club was established in 1552. For golfers who did not have the nerve for a full-sized game, there is the option of a miniature golf that was started in 1916 in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

The golf video games was launched in 1979, after which near 100 versions of the game have been created and introduced in computers,  mobiles and gaming systems. Video game golfers have included every accomplished golfer as characters in the game.

The most accomplished Indian golfers are Jeev Milkha Singh, Anirban Lahiri, Jyoti Randhawa, Arjun Atwal, Gaurav Ghei, Shiv Kapur, Ali Sher, Shubhankari Sharma, Shiv Chawrasia, Sujjan Singh, Himmat Tai, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Gaganjeet Bhullar and others.

Women golfers too are steadily making their mark. Aditi Ashok became the only Indian woman in the top 500 of the official Women’s World Ranking (Rolex Ranking) and she also holds 57th rank in the Olympic rankings on IGFGOLF.org.

Ridhima Dilwari, Gaurika Bishnoi, Kishi Sinha, Gauri Monga, Vani Kapoor, Sharmila Nicollet are the iconic Indian female golfers.

With nearly 200 golf courses in the country, half of which are in military bases, there is a great demand for at least 100 more golf courses across the country, that is witnessing rapid urbanization, growing high income individuals, large townships and planned cities.

Excellent golf playing boys and girls stand an opportunity to get scholarships for admission to reputed universities in the United States of America.

As interest in playing golf, particularly for social and corporate bonding, is gaining momentum, the golf infrastructure boost calls for more affordable and convenient golf courses, promotion of the game among students and establishment of golf academia across the country.

May the community of Golfers flourish!