Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Golf Where You Least Expect It


The popularity of golf continues to grow around the globe and is present even in the most remote countries.  Although there are only 5 golf courses in Nepal, they provide an unparalleled experience with truly breathtaking views.  Article provided by Nepal.com

Nepal may not be a golfing nation as such, but that does not mean that the sport is not enjoyed in this spectacular country. While the sport may be one of the most expensive in the country, it is certainly gaining popularity at present. There are five golf courses in Nepal at the moment – each of them offering remarkably splendid holes and stunning scenery. If you're a golf lover, make sure that you don't miss any ofNepal's golf courses! They offer high standards, challenging courses, courteous personnel and some of the most spectacular backdrops you will every see.

Golf was brought to Nepal quite some time ago by a group of Rana ministers on their return from Scotland. It didn't take long for royals to see the challenge and enjoyment that are synonymous with the game and before long, the first golf course was built. The Royal Nepal Golf Course was built in 1829 and is the oldest in Nepal and one of the oldest in Asia. Some 91 years later in 1920, the first real golf tournament was held. The Lava Cup was such a success that it became a regular sporting feature. Thus the game grew and new courses where developed.

If you are planning to play a round or two whilst in Nepal, make sure that you visit between October and March. This is Nepal's dry season and is the best time to enjoy the sport. Most golfing visitors will head to the golf clubs in Kathmandu and Pokhara as these feature a absolutely breathtaking view of the Himalayas which can be enjoyed during play. Other options include playing in the Gokarna Forest where you can enjoy one of the finest golf courses in South Asia. Some of the courses are situated near health resorts and spas so you or your spouse can relax after a long day on the fairways. We have provided a short description of the various golf courses in Nepal to help you navigate your way to the nearest golf course.

Nowhere else in the world can your adventure travel bring you the delights of golf amidst the Himalaya Mountains. Originally regarded as the sport of royalty in Nepal, a number of extremely well designed golf courses have been developed in various parts of theKathmandu and Pokhara valleys. It is believed that golf was introduced to Nepal by the princes or Ranas who returned to Nepal with golf clubs after a visit to Scotland. The royal ministers began playing golf informally on grazing fields for cows near the city called Gaucharan. This is now the location of the Radisson Hotel. The oldest formal golf course, the Nepal Golf Course was established in 1829 in Kathmandu's Til Ganga region. The first real golf tournament for the Lava Cup was started in 1920.

One of the most spectacular courses in Nepal is the Himalayan Golf Club in Pokhara. This pro-championship designed 9 holes golf course has been featured in many international magazines including the Golf World Magazine. Located just seven kilometers from the center of Pokhara city in an incredibly beautiful amphitheater like setting of a river canyon, the course offers a breathtaking panorama of the majestic Annapurna range. A river gurgles through the course that offers a challenging and invigorating game. This is a golfing experience like none other, particularly when it is followed by a drink at the club house built on a ledge 250 feet above the river canyon. You have a birds-eye view the golf course and the canyon walls dotted with eagles nest and waterfalls.

The Gokarna Forest Golf Resort & Spa is located deep inside the five hundred year old Gokarna Forest, traditionally the private Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal. It is impossible to believe this serene forest is within the city of Kathmandu. The luxury resort and spa with its 18-hole championship golf course is operated by Le Meridien. The first 18 hole golf course in the country and built to USGA specifications, it is the only Bent Grass Greens in South Asia which makes it one of the highlights of the professional tour circuits in the region.