Golf sounds frightfully complicated to the unaware. So, we enlisted the help of pro-golfer Kanishk Madan and avid enthusiast Arjun Talwar to help fill the nine holes in our information. If you’re looking to tee-off and don’t know where to start, where to play and how to go about it, our guide is here to shepherd you through this uncertainty. 

What To Know

Photo souurce: TaylorMade

Photo source: TaylorMade

Levels: There are three levels of golfers – Junior and Sub-Junior, Amateur and Professional. The Professional Golf Association {PGA} of India is sort of like a central governing body that handles all Indian golfers.

Investment: If you’ve heard it’s expensive, you’ve heard correct. From coaching classes and attire, to equipment and club charges, it can easily set you back between INR 60 – 70,000.

Activity: Here’s one myth we can dispel – although it is a calm sport, it is most certainly not meant for lazy people. Golfing requires you to be super-fit. Although it doesn’t involve sprints and jogs, for an efficient and correct golf swing, you need an able body. This includes strong hip muscles, flexible hamstrings and a stable back.

Dress Code: Golfers take their dress code very seriously, and most clubs and courses follow strict rules about how you’re supposed to be dressed. Golf style almost always involves a collared shirt, a visor or  cap, pants, and sneakers, ultimately graduating to golf shoes. Remember you’re outdoors for long durations, so dress for the weather. Sunblock if it’s a hot day, and a good rain jacket for wet conditions.

Golfing Etiquette

Photo source: TaylorMade

Photo source: TaylorMade

Although there’s a bunch of rules, don’t be intimated, you’ll learn along the way. But starting off, be mindful of the following things.

Don’t Lag Behind: This doesn’t mean you need to rush, it just means when it’s your turn to swing, take one or two practice shots and go for it.

Pecking Order: Generally, the player with the best score on the previous hole gets to go first, but this can vary from group to group, so it’s important to get a sense of how your group plays, and wait for your shot.

The Course: Be mindful of the course; it looks that good because it’s taken care of. Find out where you’re allowed to drive your cart {not allowed on the putting green}. Also, if you end up taking out a piece of turf while hitting a shot, try and fix it back in its place, or fix the hole with some seed mix.

Watch Yourself: Watch where you’re standing. A good rule of thumb is to stand to the side and slightly behind the ball; golfers don’t enjoy anyone interfering with their shot.

Golf Courses In The City

Photo source: Delhi Golf Club

Photo source: Delhi Golf Club

Most clubs are member exclusive, but allow non-members to book a session at a fee. We recommend getting in touch with your club of choice beforehand.

Jaypee Greens, Greater Noida: An 18-hole course and the only Greg Norman designed golf course in India.

Unitech Golf & Country Club: A members only, nine-hole course, the course has the maximum number of bunkers you can find in a nine-hole course across the city.

Noida Golf Course: An 18-hole par 72 golf course, located very centrally in Noida.

Delhi Golf Club: One of India’s premier golf clubs, it’s centrally located and comprises the Lodhi Course {part of the Asian PGA tour} and the shorter nine-hole Peacock Course.

Air Force Golf Course: The course runs parallel to a race track and a polo ground, so you can add horses to your list of visuals while you play a round. Foreigners need special permission to be able to use this course.

DLF Golf & Country Club: This 18 hole Championship Course has the Aravali range as a backdrop, and is designed by Arnold Palmer, generally regarded as one of the greatest pro-golfers.

ITC Classic Golf Resort: The first Jack Nicklaus course in South Asia, the course comprises 27 holes of three nines each {The Ridge, The Valley and The Canyon}. This course is located an hour outside the city, so it’s ideal for a short weekend golf getaway.

Tarudhan Valley Golf Resort: A nine-hole course, Tarudhan also has a driving range, a putting and chipping area and a pro shop. Another great option for a weekend dedicated to playing golf, since it’s located an hour outside the city.

Qutab Golf Course: The first public golf course developed in the country. What started as a nine-hole course, became an 18-hole course in 2002. There is also a 250-yard driving range, and they also offer training facilities. A good bet for beginners.

Sirifort Sports Complex: Sirifort offers a driving range, and a pitch & putt course available to non-members for a daily fee.

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