Royal Springs Golf Course, Srinagar
Royal Springs Golf Course Srinagar
|Location||Chashme Shahi, |
|Designed by||Robert Trent Jones Jr.|
The Royal Springs Golf Course, previously the Salim Ali National Park is situated at the foot hills of Zabarwan mountains over looking Dal Lake and it is managed by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation, as quasi-government institution. The Royal Springs Golf Course, commissioned in 2001, is designed by the American golfer Robert Trent Jones Jr. It is regarded as one of the most picturesque golf course in Asia and has quality amenities like motorised golf carts etc. and is considered as No.1 golf course of India by Golf Digest. This golf course is one such course which is open to non-members also (not restricted to members only) and golf tournaments are conducted at regular intervals. First ever women's golf tournament conducted at Srinagar valley, was arranged in this course in July 2012, which attracted more than 50 woman golfers across India.
Cork oaks groove
The golf course harbors a rare groove of cork oaks, planted by last Dogra maharaj, Hari Singh before 1947 and the plants were imported from Europe. Cork had demand then, mostly for closing the bottles and the cork oaks and other trees escaped felling at the time of construction of the golf course.
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