Himalayan Golf Course – Pokhara

Himalayan-Golf-Course -Pokhara

Himalayan-Golf-Course -Pokhara

Introduction of Himalayan Golf Course

 A GOLFING HIGH AT POKHARA’S HIMALAYAN GOLF COURSE

Pokhara may be well known for it’s awe-inspiring mountain scenery but a great many golfers are now discovering that if you want a real golfing high , The Himalayan Golf Course, Pokhara is the place to head for in Nepal. It’s a must for the golfing connoisseur. Considered by many to be one of the 10 most unique golf courses in the world. In the Googles search for – “The most unique golf courses in the world”, The Himalayan Golf Course gets 3 hits on the first page.

Adventure golf at its truest, the course’s includes some of the most visually dynamic holes known to golf.

Himalayan Golf Course has certainly been very successful in putting Pokhara in the golfer’s map. The course was designed and constructed by an Ex British Army Sandhurst commissioned officer Major Ram Gurung MBE , and opened for play in January 1998. The course has been the venue for the Nepal Surya Western (professional) Open for the past twelve years.

Golf-Course-in-Pokhara

Golf-Course-in-Pokhara

Located just seven kms. away from downtown Pokhara, Himalayan Golf Course is one of only two 18 holes courses in Nepal. The course is well laid out championship course at 6,100 yards yardage with a par of 70. The Himalayan Golf Course which is considered to be one of the ten most unique golf courses in the world, lies for the most part inside a sweeping canyon created by the Himalayan snowed waters of the Bijayapur river.

Framed by the towering the Annapurna range, cattle and buffalo roam freely providing most of the grass mowing.

The course wanders through aerial cliff drops of hundreds of feet down to the signature island hole within the either tranquil or raging Bijayapur river, full of exposed boulders washed down over centuries from the towering mountains above.

Golf- Tour- in-Nepal

Golf- Tour- in-Nepal

Play on the 1st and 2nd holes at the HGC Pokhara’s inaugural course is fairly straightforward as these par 4’s are laid out on relatively level ground on each side of the clubhouse.

Your baptism to the truly unique character of this course comes when you step up to the 3rd tee to be confronted with a flawless panorama which encompasses the magnificent Fishtail and Annapurna mountain range. Below your elevated tee you see and hear the meandering Bijayapur Himalayan river some 300 feet below, sheer canyon walls dotted with eagle’s nests, waterfalls which burst into life during the monsoon and a barely perceptible flag. Some 300 yards distant and 90 feet below, this small triangular piece of fabric marks the place where your ball should end up after only four strokes.

There is no other experience that duplicates or even comes close to the thrill of teeing off on the 3rd. However this takes nothing away from the sensation of successfully landing your ball on the 6th green, which is known to be the only natural river island hole in the world and recently nominated by leading golf course architects as one of the most unique hole in the World [click here]. Watching the pros victoriously blasting their second shot to the par five, 6th green in the middle of Bijayapur river, leaves one in fascinated awe.

The course has been featured in many international magazines including the ‘Golf World’, movies and travel films. Some of the comments from the club’s visitors book are noteworthy:

“The most beautiful and dramatic golf course in the world”

“If God had to choose a golf course to play: This would be it”

“Fantastic. What an experience”

“Absolutely unforgettable”

Without a doubt, Asia’s most amazing golf course.

About Himalayan Golf Course

Just 7 kilometers from the center of Pokhara city is the pro-championship designed 18 holes golf course which is located in a spellbindingly beautiful amphitheater like setting of a river canyon scene with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Annapuma Himalayan range. The Club house is perched on the edge of a balcony land 250 feet above the river canyon from where you have a bird’s eye view below of the golf course with scenes of stunning canyon walls dotted with eagles nest, waterfalls. and the soothing sight and sound of the Himalayan snowfed river meandering through the golf course. Golfers will find the course challenging and invigorating to play on.

The course has been designed and constructed by an Ex British Army Sandhurst Commissioned Officer Major RB Gurung MBE, who was exclusively invited to take up the challenge to carve a 9 holes Golf Course from what was previously a desolate wasteland of river boulders and swamps. The result of three years of planning, hardwork and dedication has resulted in the creation of an extraordinary course that is not only considered to be most unique in the world but also challenging for all levels of golfers. Says major Ram, “It’s been my goal to preserve the natural environment so you can experience the beautiful and inspiring Nepali scenery while at the same time playing a challenging round of golf. The enchantment of this course has to be experienced to be fully appreciated.

In addition to the mountain and river canyon scenery, various forms of wildlife live on or frequent the course. Foxes, monkeys, hawks, eagles are among the resident fauna here. Wild flowers are evident in profusion, with the wild geraniums most visible by the fourth green.

The golf course is 6,100 yards from the championship tees. The course incorporates a full range shot values to test playing skills. and incorporates such Scottish-influenced features such as fairway mounding, split fairways and the use of natural landforms and nature to shape the course. Members and guests’ prepare for the demands of HGC on a practice range that is designed to parallel the challenge of the course. Golfers at HGC will meet such features as an island fairway, a ravine, a large island hole encircled by’ boulders and water, 30-70 foot elevated hillside tees. and a hauntingly beautiful canyon amphitheater scene.

Pokhara is blessed with a very pleasant subtropical climate. Winters are mild with clear visibility, while the summers are an average of 27°C, with evening showers bringing the temperature down immediately Golf can, therefore, be played throughout the year. When temperatures in Northern Europe fall below freezing. Pokhara experiences a very playable temperature of around 12°C. Likewise when the heat hits 45°C in Delhi, Pokhara has a comparatively agreeable temperature to play golf in.

After playing this excellent course, golfers can relax at the clubhouse with huge verandas all round, reminiscent of a typical tea plantation manager’s bungalow in Assam of India.

Sources: http://www.himalayangolfcourse.com

Namaste

Anil Blon

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