Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Golfing on a Budget

Golf has always been something of a luxury game to be afforded only by the very rich. You can understand why if you look at the fees courses like The DLF Golf Course and ITC Classic Golf Course charge. Don’t despair, though, since there are cheaper options out there that will suit both – your passion for the game as well as your pocket. Here’s a list of courses I’ve played at in Gurgaon:

First up, is the TERI Golf Course (TERI – The Energy Research Institute). It is located on the Gurgaon-Faridabad road (pahadi raasta) in a place called Gwal Pahadi. It is a part of TERI Gram, which has a 6-hole golf course, a driving range, 2 cricket fields, a conference center, a nursery and lots of greenery.
The course has 6 holes varying from 115 yards to 350 yards. It is very well maintained with fairly fast greens and narrow fairways. If you are a decent player you will never need to use anything more than a 5 wood. The difficulty level of the course is not very high but try out hole 4, I bet you will get frustrated with the shortest but the most difficult hole! It is a great place to come and play a round if you do not have much time to play 18 holes.
The course authorities are pretty strict about the players’ attire and will not let you on the course if you’re not wearing a collared t-shirt, or if you’re wearing jeans or jogging shorts. Also, you’re only allowed either golf or tennis shoes if you want to play.

The great thing about the course are the prices – green fees is Rs. 200/- on weekdays and Rs. 300 on weekends. For a year long membership (they don’t have life membership) you need to pay a refundable security deposit of Rs. 20,000/- and ~Rs. 4,500/- for a mid-week membership and ~Rs. 5600/- for a full week membership. The driving range fees are Rs. 75/- for entry and Rs. 50/- for a basket of 50 balls. Once you are a member, you obviously don’t have to pay the green fees or the range fees. Membership is not always open and till some time back there was a waiting list you could put your name on. I think at present even the waiting list is not open but you can always pay and play.

Next is the Airforce Golf Course. It is located on the Kapashera road opposite Pascos. It is very inconspicuous and you may need to ask someone for the exact location of the Airforce stadium since there aren’t any signs for the course.

This one is a 9-hole course shaped in the form of a U or a horseshoe. In the middle of the U, is the driving range. I find it quite risky as there is no fence which separates the course from the range. The yardage of the holes varies from 115 yards to 400 yards. It is a fairly straight course and if you keep hitting straight you will conquer the course easily. The course has a helipad in the middle and since it borders a protected area, you can see deer, neel gais and other such animals, so the game is quite an experience in more ways than one!

The green fees is Rs. 100/-. The only catch is that civilians can’t just go pay and play. They have to be the guests of someone who is from the defence.

The last one is the HUDA Golf Course in Sector 31. The course is a part of the HUDA Sports Gymkhana and has a tennis court adjacent to it. It is a very small course, actually it is more of a pitch and putt kind of a course. It is not a very well maintained place. It is a 6 hole course also shaped like a U with a driving range in the middle. Hole yardage varies from 50 yards to 150 yards. The fees is Rs. 30/- and you can use both the driving range and the course for that amount.

I play fairly regularly on these three courses. Though they’re not as swanky as the more expensive courses out there, they are certainly more affordable and as a result of the practice, my short game has really improved!

* Thanks, Vijay, for writing this review.

10 comments:

Shraman said...

An excellent, well researched blog: all the hidden jewels that we never knew about!

Wonder if there are these hidden stuff in NOIDA or Ghaziabad as well?

Dia Sharma said...

Speaking about the TERI golf course, its not only affordable but has lush well manicured, maintained greens. Col HV Singh has done a great job with it. The narrow fairways look beautiful with the sun's first rays on it.

Wonder if they have any women golfers? Any specials, to get more women golfers in?

Dia

Dia Sharma said...

Speaking about the TERI golf course, it is not only affordable, but has lush well manicured and well maintained greens. Col HV Singh has done a great job here!!
Way to go, Col.
The fairways may be narrow, but they look gorgeous with the sun's rays falling over them.
Any women who golf there?
Any specials to promote women golf membership?
Dia

sri said...

Can you give contact details of TERI golf course? I 'm beginner, interested to learn. Thanks

Karanraj S said...

Sri..

Before you join the TERI for coaching classes, I would like to share my extremely dissapointing experience.

At the day when I joined the coaching course, I was told that till the end of course I will be provided with clubs to learn and practice (they charge when you go for practice).

But to my surprise, 4 classes down the line they asked me to purchase my own golf set as they had only 1 club for LEFT-HANDERS. And they will not be buying any more clubs to teach me or any left-hander that joins.

When I had a word with Mr. H.V. Singh on Aug 25, 2009 to bring my concern to his notice, I was shocked to listen to his useless and baseless argument stating that they provide clubs during coaching lessons only as a courtesy. He got harsh and loud without any reason and did not even understand the fact that he is speaking to a customer.

Further, when I told him that I was not informed in advance about this humble courtesy of his highness, then he simply stated that it is not his fault and then went into a ruch to hang-up the call.

Now here I am. Already paid the coaching fee of 4000 RS. and did not even get to learn the game.

I will be going this Sunday Aug 30, 2009 to see if I can get a refund after such a bitter experience.

Secondly, the coach at the range, Arun Kumar, promises that he will spend 45 mins. with you during your class but the truth is he will there with you only for 15 mins. and not more than that.

High unprofessional attitude of Col. H.V.Singh and I will not recommend TERI to anyone.

Saksham Karwal said...

Can someone please give me contact details about the TERI golf course?
Thanks.

Aman said...

I paid coaching fees and then read this blog! If i read what karanraj had to say i would have never started!LOL. Seriously though, like he pointed out 45mins promised time is actually 15 mins. I have been for two classes.

Everything else seems in order. The driving range is beautiful. I hope I steer clear of any mishappenings.

Aman said...

I paid coaching fees and then read this blog! If i read what karanraj had to say i would have never started!LOL. Seriously though, like he pointed out 45mins promised time is actually 15 mins. I have been for two classes.

Everything else seems in order. The driving range is beautiful. I hope I steer clear of any mishappenings.

Siddharth-kapur said...

Hi,
thanks a ton for the article, it was a brilliant read and just what i was looking for. It would be a great help if you could just let me know where exactly is the HUDA golf course / driving range. i've searched it on google but no help. and drove around sector 31, but unfortunately no one knew about any such thing. not even the policemen patrolling there. any information on this would be a great help. i've just moved to gurgaon and desperately looking for a public driving range around. Thanks a ton
Siddharth

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