India, you can play golf almost anywhere, for this
outdoors sport is widely played by a cross section
of people to the country's often dramatic background.
In the hills and high Himalayan fastnesses, in metropolitan
cities and in small towns, by lakes and forests, or
surrounded by tea estates, out in the desert and in
old British cantonments. The flavour of India is visible
everywhere that golf in the country is played. You
can stroll off the course to share a cup of piping
hot tea at a 'dhaba', tee off from the world's highest
18-hole course in the world, watch a peacock dance
on a green or play on a course that is enriched by
old monuments and beautiful buildings. In India, anything
is possible, and golf here will enable you to experience
the country in its own, unique manner.
An eighteen hole course with nine greens and nine
browns overlooks the picturesque Moti Doongri Palace
and the historical Nahargarh Fort. The fairway passes
through the Rambagh Polo Grounds, which have seen
some of the finest polo matches in the time of the
late Sawai Man Singh. These days there are more golfers
to be seen on the ground where the royals once moved
on their chargers.
The upper course has nine greens around the polo ground.
A drain separates the lower course which has nine
browns spread over a rough and undulating landscape.
A casual visitor can play by paying a nominal green
Interspersed with a play of red and pink were white
borders and motifs, painstakingly outlining the architectural
highlights of Jaipur's buildings, ever since 1727,
when Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II had Jaipur built.
Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and
buses, little seems to have changed. There is a timeless
quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its people. As the
gateway to Rajasthan, Jaipur figures on every tourist
itinerary. A game of golf would prove yet another