In what could be the longest golf course in India, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is planning to construct an 18-hole golf course in Dwarka. This state-of-the art course, which will be made in accordance with international standards, will be open to all as it will be operated on a pay-and-play basis.
The drawings for the project have got clearance from the DDA’s screening committee. “The financial estimates are being drawn up. Work on the project is likely to begin by February 2015 and will be completed in a year’s time. The construction of the clubhouse, however, might take longer,’’ an official said.
Spread over an area of 18 lakh sqm, the golf course in Dwarka Sector-24, located close to the Indira Gandhi International Airport, is also expected to house a golfing academy. “This golf course can be used by anyone wanting to tee off as it will be operated on a pay-and-play concept. It will developed to conform to international standards so that global tournaments can be held here,’’ the official said.
The officials also plan to build a clubhouse with facilities such as sauna, gymnasium, swimming pool, pro shop, restaurants, bar and conference halls. It will also have a terrace, as well as space for golf carts, caddie huts and other golfing facilities.
The identified site, though large enough to accommodate all the facilities that are being planned, is linear in shape and a stormwater drain passes through it. The DDA plans to include the drain in the layout of the golf course, so that it serves as a water body. The other public golf courses developed by DDA are located at Qutub, Lado Sarai, Bhalswa, etc. The Qutab golf course is also an 18-hole course and the land agency was to develop a clubhouse here. “The planning for the club house is still on,’’ the official said.
A day at Bhalswa costs just Rs 113 Monday to Friday, and Rs 169 on weekends. Even with a caddie fee of Rs 200, it costs only half of Qutub course’s rate, which is Rs 600 on a weekday.