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Issue 11

 
     

For those who think golf is just another game, American politician Adlai Stevenson once said, “Some of us worship in churches, some in synagogues and some on golf course”. Golf is the game of passion and dedication, and is definitely nothing less than worship for ardent golf lovers. PASH India dedicatedly brings unique national and international golf centers around the world every month. And this month we take you to the internationally acclaimed yet unexplored lands of Nairobi, Kenya, which is called the mecca of golf safaris in the world. With the Kenya Golf Trophy 2013 around the corner, explore one of the finest golf courses of Kenyan land, Muthaiga Golf Club. Coming back to the homeland explore the tech capital of the country, Bangalore. Get to know about one of the most conferred golf courses the Prestige Golfshire Club which is one of the busiest courses in the country.

We bring your monthly dose of golfing tips, latest news, and some golf humor to tickle your funny side up. At PASH, we work to give you a devoted golf holiday service so that you can enjoy your game of golf in every corner of the world. We bring you the best of sightseeing experiences, exceptional accommodations, smooth transport and foremost, best golfing experiences.

Go Golfing around the World

Team PASH India

 
ON THE SPOTLIGHT
 
Brian Jack, the acclaimed travel writer while talking about Africa once said, “Everything in Africa bites, but the safari bug is the worst of all”. And just imagine the intoxicating experience that the safari capital of Africa has to offer. Yes, welcome to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya and the safari capital of Africa.

Nairobi in Masai means cold water which is also the name of a famous river in Africa. Nairobi is considered to be one of the cities in the African continent to have gone through an enormous transition from being an uninhabited swampland to a booming metropolis.

Nairobi is situated in the southern part of Africa and is known for its diversity in every aspect of life. The contrast of culture, race, origin, lifestyle, and tribe adds to the rich heritage of this wonder city. With an inimitable safari experience, Nairobi also offers an extravagant night life. You can witness tall skyscrapers, futuristic cars, an efficient infrastructure, and yet feel the essence of folk culture coming alive in all its rustic appeal. All this Nairobi holds close to its heart. This city has come a long way from being the hub of amusement and adventure for tourists and hunters, to becoming one of the most visited African cities.
Once here, appreciate the carefully preserved glory of Nairobi’s past at the Karen Blixen Museum, be playful, experience close encounters with the tallest animals in the world at Giraffe Center. Visiting the Nairobi National Park is a sure not-to-miss adventure that will leave you mesmerized when you see the famed black rhinos, enthralling African lions, famous wild buffaloes, unique African elephants and many other animals from close proximities. Once in this city, keep the Masai Mara National Reserve on the top of your Must-Visit list. It offers one of the finest safari experiences and will leave you with memories to cherish forever. Reflecting one of the most panoramic views in the midst of a desert, filled with greens and outlined by the stretch of Mara River, this safari experience is touted as the mecca of safari from travelers around the world.

With so much being said about the natural essence and diversity of lifestyle in Nairobi, let’s move on to our ball game, the game of golf. Kenya holds an annual golf championship called Kenya Golf Trophy, and this year they take it to a notch higher with some of the biggest brand associations, with the biggest golfers, and some of the finest courses to play on. The highlight of the golf courses in Kenya are the various distinctive geographical twists from extinct volcanoes to safari clubs, from rich wildlife to sparkling coasts of Lake Magadi, the golfers will be surprised experiencing golfing’s highest pleasures.

So, Nairobi awaits your presence to enjoy the sleepless excitement of the city’s pulsating night life, to enliven your palate with mélange of cuisines, to witness safaris like never before, to feel the richness of Kenyan folk and tribal culture, and last but no way the least, to celebrate the passion of golf.
 
Kenya was introduced to the game of golf in the year 1906 with the advent European settlement. With more than 42 golf courses, Kenya proudly holds major golfing tournaments which spectates high participation from golf
enthusiasts of every stature from across the globe. One of the most famous18 hole championship golf courses, the Muthaiga Golf Club is often called Kenya’s home of golf. The club came in existence since 1920’s but was designated a Company Limited in the year 1943. Considered as one of the most prestigious and the most challenging courses in the country, this course has been played by golf greats as Bobby Locke, Sevi Ballesteros, Vijay Singh, Bill Casper, Sandy Lyle, Nick Faldo and many more.

But what makes this golf course so unique? Curving through the beautiful Karura forest, with abundant water features as sparkling ponds and lakes, and surprising sand bunkers, this course is inevitably one of the most challenging yet the most picturesque. One can easily see various forms of fauna including the colorful Egyptian geese and the often appearing playful monkeys. The first large-scale tournament was held in Muthaiga Golf Club in the year 1967, since then this championship is called as Kenya Open golf Tournament which is held every year.

In the year 2004, after an excessive regime of reconstruction and revamping, the course was officially inaugurated by His Excellency the President, Honorable Mwai Kibaki, patron of the prestigious Kenya Golf Union and a regular member of Muthaiga Golf. Since then, new course designs, lakes, water features, restro-bars, exclusive lounge and reception have elevated Muthaiga Golf Club to one of the most respected golf clubs in Nairobi and whole of Kenya. This golf club boasts being the fastest greens and the golf course with maximum water features.

Spend your time to enjoy the fervor of golf and take home the experience golfing culture of Kenya.

The capital city of the Indian state of Karnataka; Bangalore is India's third most populous city and fifth-most populous urban agglomeration. Well known as the techie’s paradise, boasting the highest concentration of IT companies in the country Bangalore is amongst the top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations in the world. The name "Bangalore" represents an Anglicized version of the Kannada language name, "Bengaluru". Known as both the "Garden City" and "The Silicon Valley of India," Bangalore (officially "Bengaluru") is surprisingly unlike any metropolis at times: It offers you options to catch your breath and enjoy things at a slower pace.

The region of modern day Bangalore was part of several successive South Indian kingdoms. After centuries of the rule of the Western Ganges, Bangalore's rule changed hands several times till independence which offers various history-filled walks in like Bangalore Fort, Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, Bangalore Palace, Mayo Hall besides some prominent museums like Government Museum, Kempegowda Museum, Karnataka Folk Museum, Gandhi Bhavan, Madras Sappers Museum & Archives and many more. Vidhana Soudha, Cubbon Park and the Ulsoor Lake of Bangalore, well known for beautiful locales and boating facilities where the city is rich in Indian classical music and dance, and of vivid, cutting-edge nightlife as well as a shopping destination. There are plenty of gardens, natural features, palaces and temples to give the foretaste of Bangalore beauty.

There are a vast number of sports played and watched in India, out of which golf is slowly gaining in importance as people are showing interest in the game of golf. The most important golfing destinations in India include Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Goa, Kashmir, Mumbai, Jaipur, Srinagar and the list is growing at a fast pace. Out of all these places some of the best golf courses are in Bangalore and because of this, Golfing in Bangalore is an experience to remember.

The City is blessed with two young talented golfers: Anirban Lahiri, one of the top professionals in the country who has won three titles in Asia, and 15-year-old Aditi Ashok, the first amateur to win a professional title at the age of 13.

The major golf courses in Bangalore include Eagleton, ACS Golf Course, Bangalore Golf Club, Bangalore Golf Club, Green Acres & Fantasy Golf Resort, India International Golf and Tennis Private Limited and India International Golf and Tennis Private Limited.

Hence, explore this vibrant city and its culture to experience golf in a fresh golfing way!

It is one of the most endowed golf courses in Bangalore. It has been awarded the title of being India's best Golf Course, twice in the last three years. With the backdrop of the scenic Nandi Hills and spread across 275 acres of lush greenery far away from the

hustle and bustle of the main City, Prestige Golfshire Club is undoubtedly dedicated to the art of luxurious living as this 18-Hole Championship Golf Course is equipped with Ultra-Luxurious Mansions, Falcon Greens Clubhouse, Marriott Luxury Hotel & Convention Centre, Quan Luxury Spa, and a perfect Private Lake. The Golf Course has been designed exclusively by British architect Bob Hunt of PGA Design Consulting and is managed by renowned worldwide Golf Resort management organization “Troon Golf.”

Owned by the Prestige Group this golf course is the latest jewel in the crown of India's Silicon Valley – Bangalore; located only at a distance of 45 minutes from the City center and just 10 minutes from the Bangalore International Airport the Golfshire Club is the perfect place for both Domestic residents’ as well International guests to relax after a challenging day on the greens offering a causal yet chic atmosphere to catch up with friends and family alike.

Measuring 7004 yards from the championship tees & employing the wild shaping of links courses and a distinctive bunker style, vast lakes & streams run through this course offers jagged beauty as well as a tough-but-fair golf hazards to the golfers.

The most unique feature of the course is its amazing rippling fairways. The mature landscape of the old farmlands has been retained to provide a serene setting in the course. The course was built with undulating greens- several of which are two-tiered & deep, shapely bunkers.

The Club also features added attractions like a Wellness Zone, Swimming Pool, Squash Courts and Falcon Greens Restaurant & Bar serving cuisines from all over the world. With a perfect combination of self-indulgent features, contemporary design and impeccable service, Prestige Golfshire Club is a pampered zone and transports amidst nature to give a sense of peace and tranquility.

 
  Int'l Featured Destination  
  Nairobi, Kenya  
     
  Featured Golf Club  
  Muthaiga Golf Club  
     
  Featured Package  
  Kenya Golf Trophy 2013; Location: Nairobi, Kenya;
Tour Duration: 07 Days/ 06 Nights / 04 Rounds
 
     
  Domestic Featured Destination  
  Bangalore  
     
  Featured Golf Course  
  Prestige Golfshire  
     
  Featured Package  
  Golfing in Bangalore;
Location: Bangalore, India;
Tour Duration: 06 Days/ 05 Nights/ 03 rounds
 
     
 
 

World number one Tiger Woods tries to snap a five-year major win drought and claim his 80th career title starting Thursday in the 95th PGA Championship at formidable Oak Hill. Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the all-time record 18 major titles won by Jack Nicklaus, served notice he is on form with a seven-stroke triumph at last week’s World Golf Championships event at Firestone, giving him five victories this year. “I feel good. I’m very pleased with where my game is at,” said Woods, who shared sixth at the British Open three weeks ago at Muirfield.

Second-ranked Phil Mickelson, whose fifth major triumph at the British Open came a week after a Scottish Open win, Masters champion Adam Scott of Australia, US Open champion Justin Rose of England and countryman Lee Westwood, a Muirfield contender until the final holes, also figure to be in the hunt for the top prize of USD 1.445 million at the USD 8 million event.

But they also appreciate how dangerous Woods can be with confidence and the hunger for a first major title since the 2008 US Open. “Tiger is a factor no matter what,” Scott said. “He has been up there in majors recently and just has not finished it off. But obviously he put it all together last week. He’s going to be feeling good about where his game is at. I’m just worried about getting my own golf ball around the course.”

“Having him back, having him play well, having him win like he has won this year is great for golf. He is playing solid and played great last week,” Mickelson said.

“It’s also great for the game to see guys like Adam Scott and Justin Rose come out and win major championships. That just makes it exciting because we have a number of players that can really create a lot of interest.” And they have a course that can create plenty of danger. Oak Hill has hosted two prior PGA Championships, three US Opens and the 1995 Ryder Cup, and the par-70 layout has been expanded to 7,163 yards.

News Courtesy: Sports Inquirer

 
     
 
  Golf Humor  
 

Mac and Jimmy decided to get together one morning and play a round.

Mac brought along his little black puppy. When Mac sank a twelve foot putt on the first hole, the puppy stood on his hind legs and began to dance, jump and bark.

Jimmy said, "That's great, what does he do when you miss the putt?"

Mac said, "He does somersaults."
When Jimmy asked how many somersaults, Mac replied;

"That depends on how hard I kick him."

Golf Tip

 
 
  Before You Swing; Don't Toe The Line – By Greg Norman

I can't tell you how many times I've seen players - both pros and amateurs - check their alignment by setting a club along the line that connects their toes. In my view, that's a mistake.

The reason is that most players tend to flare open one or both of their feet. Most common is the flared left foot, which brings the left toe back four or five centimeters from the target line. The result is that, if you lay a club down from toe to toe, that line will point well left of target, and will not reflect your actual alignment. Your hips, knees, and shoulders may be perfectly square, but the flared toe line will make you look open.

A more precise way to check alignment is to lay the club along your heel line. As your toes flare, your heels remain on line, so the line that connects your heels will accurately reflect the actual alignment of your feet.
 
   
     
 
  It was a pleasure to be a part of this tour. Would like to congratulate you for handling such a tournament so well. Would like to be a part of other tournaments organized by you in future also...  
     
 
   
 

9th BULGARIAN AMATEUR

OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

 
 
This year's tournament will be played over the challenging golf course of Pravets Golf Club, current host venue for the PGA of Europe.
 
     
 
The Package includes accommodation and entry fee for total price of:

345 EURO P.P. for 4 Nights stay*
 
     
 

- Welcome gift
- Practice round (4th of Sept.)
- Daily coffee & croissant (5th - 7th Sept.)
- Daily Lunch buffet (5th - 7th Sept.)
- Fruit and water on the tee (5th - 7th Sept.)
- Opening ceremony (4th of Sept.)
- Prize giving ceremony (7th of Sept.)
- Trophies and prizes

This year’s tournament has two divisions:

Championship Division: HCP limit for Men 0-9 & Ladies 0-12, The Championship format will be stroke play over three rounds of 18 holes.*Please, note that there is a limit of 50 players in the Championship Division and preference will be given to lower handicaps.

Plate Division: HCP limit for Men 10-19 & Ladies 13-24, The Plate format will be singles stableford over three rounds of 18 holes.

There is also one Senior Championship Division: with HCP limit 0-9. The Senior Championship format will be stroke play over three rounds of 18 holes. *Please, note that there is a limit of 30 players in the Senior Championship Division and preference will be given to lower handicaps.

 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
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