Stage Set For Greater Kashmir Autumn Golf Festival

First Leg At Pahalgam

Pahalgam, Oct 11: The stage is set for the three-day Greater Kashmir Autumn Golf festival, starting at picturesque Lidder Valley Golf Course, Pahalgam here from Friday.
 The first of its kind, the three day festival will take golfers from all over Country to play on three different courses of the Valley-- Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Royal Springs Golf Course (RSGC).
 Chairman Mushtaq group of hotels, Mushtaq Ahmad Chaya would tee-off on Friday.
 Prior to tee- off, Pahalgam took festive look as both outside and local golfers converged at picturesque hill station for taking part in the first leg of the event. On second day (Saturday) golfers will proceed to Gulmarg Course while as on third day (Sunday) golfers will try their skills at RSGC course. In total 125 golfers that include some of the top players of Country are vying for the honors in the event.
 The tee- off would be done by Chairman Mushtaq group of hotels, Mushtaq Ahmad Chaya
 The event is being organized by Greater Kashmir Communications Private Limited in collaboration with Mushtaq Group of Hotels, Jamkash, JK Toursim, Al-Khuddam and others. It was not easy for the organizers to shortlist the local golfers and they conducted selection trials at RSGC on October 8. In the trials 45 locals participated and only 15 got selected.
 “In view of huge number of aspirants, it was decided by the management to hold a qualifying tournament so that deserving golfers of the Valley are selected to compete with the best,” said event coordinator, Danish Aman. Leg one of the Greater Kashmir Golf Festival will take golfers to Lidder Valley Golf Course. It is an 18-hole course surrounded by fir-covered mountains with bare snow-capped peaks rising behind them.
 Pahalgam Golf Course is at an elevation of about 7000 feet while the length of the Golf Course is 7000 yards, it sprawls over 1113 kanals of land.
 On second day of the event golfers vying for honors would cherish experience of world’s highest golf course at Gulmarg.
 The leg two of the festival at Gulmarg Golf Course aims to reveal to the golfing world the newly laid Golf course at Gulmarg and to revive the century old legacy of competitive golf.
 The highest green golf course in the world situated at an altitude of 9000 ft above sea level sprawling at 7500 yards, the longest in India now, will make participants feel on top of the world.
 Greater Kashmir has been in the forefront in promotion of the game and in past it has organized several events at Gulmarg, RSGC, Kashmir Golf Club. It has also organized special event for Caddies with the aim to give something back to the hardworking caddies who form essential part of Golf.
 “All the arrangements are ready and almost all outside golfers have arrived here in Pahalgam. The golfers were awestruck on seeing the enchanting beauty of Lidder Course,” said Danish Aman.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 11 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 11 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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