Although India is one of the TOP5 golfing countries with 294 golf courses (vs Thailand: 315) in Asia we hardly hear anything about the local golf clubs in the international golf media.
How many of you will be tomorrow at the 2019 India Golf & Turf Expo in New Delhi?
Here are some interesting fact about the Indian golf industry:
- Most of the golf courses are under the control of the Indian Army.
The Indian Army is the country’s largest landowner and has 97 courses, covering at least 8,000 acres. Only defense services personnel, including ex-servicemen from Army, Navy and Air Force and their families are allowed to play on army golf courses.
- Army Zone Golf operates 97 luxury golf courses.
- There are cca. 3 public golf courses.
This is really important to understand the ambitions of the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA, since 1973), located in Bangalore. In Bangalore, we can find 6 golf courses.
The Karnataka Golf Association’s golf course is in the heart of the city not so far from the Bangalore Golf Club (since 1876; is the oldest golf course outside of the British Isles).
The Karnataka Golf Association’s golf course is already a renowned 18-hole course (6945-yard, par 72 course, slope rate of 137) designed by Peter Thomson and Woolveridge and opened in 1989.
The Karnataka Golf Association has got a large driving range, idyllic clubhouse, swimming pool, and a gym as well. These features differentiate the complex from surrounding 5 courses in Bangalore.
Troon International will work closely with the team at KGA to enhance the course and push it into the international sphere, attracting players globally.
Through their expertise in agronomy and golf course conditioning, Troon will help to guide the greenkeeping team to ensure that the course is kept in top condition year round.
The Karnataka Golf Association is Troon International’s second client in Bangalore. The Prestige Golfshire Club has been part of the Troon family for more than 7 years.