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Love for the game of golf is a great reason to keep exploring for golfing destinations and avenues to meet up with new and old friends.

We at PASH are very proud to announce that we have been awarded the Best Tourism Publicity Material for our brochure Passionate about Golf. Also we successfully organised the 11th SAARC Nations Golf Championship in Kolkata.

In this issue of PASH India Newsletter, we invite golf enthusiasts’ to explore golfing option in India’s cultural capital Kolkata and in Thailand’s pristine Chiang Rai.

Kolkata offers unsurpassable blend of history, rich culture, traditions, and exuberance. It will add to joy of golfing at The Tollygunge Club, which is the only country club of its kind in India and ranked amongst the top 20 clubs of the world.

Chiang Rai is a northernmost part of Thailand and a land of exceptional natural beauty. While the eastern part of the province is a flat river plains, the northern and western part consist of the hilly terrain. People there still enjoy mostly traditional and leisurely rural lifestyles. Santiburi Country Club was the first Chiang Rai golf course. Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed Santiburi Country Club is laid out over vast fields with excellent placement of holes and an abundance of water hazards and bunkers.

We hope to soon organise a custom built trip to both of the above mentioned unique golf attractions.

Most Warmly

Team PASH India

 
ON THE SPOTLIGHT
 

Situated by the south banks of the Kok River, Chiang Rai is city with a very relaxed atmosphere, with may exclusive hotels, beautiful temples, start point of delightful trekking routes, a great night market and some lovely quaint eateries.

Chiang Rai is a land of exceptional natural beauty. In 1262, thet King Meng Rai established it as the first capital of the Lanna Kingdom. The capital was later relocated to Chiang Mai and since that time Chiang Rai has lived in the shadow of its neighbouring province. However, its good thing for tourists keen to avoid the hordes.

Chiang Rai is a traveller’s paradise, endowed with abundant natural and man-made attractions. Attractions range from ruins of ancient settlements and Buddhist shrines to magnificent mountain scenery and hill tribe villages. For those interested in the natural side of Chiang Rai, jungle trekking is a magical experience; explore the mountains of the north along various hiking trails.

Local communities here enjoy traditional and leisurely rural lifestyles. Even today, entire clans live together in bamboo houses and each village has its own individual character. Recently tourism has boomed in Chiang Rai. Fortunately for tourists, Chiang Rai is also a centre for community development projects, helping rural villagers develop their attractions without adversely affecting their natural and cultural assets.

 
All roads for the golf enthusiasts, who have decided to explore the pristine natural beauty of Thailand at Chiang Rai, lead to the Santiburi Country Club. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. the Santiburi Chiang Rai golf course is kept in excellent condition year round, as the
Singha Beer family owners continue to invest in good maintenance practices. Established in 1993 this 18 holes golf course is just twenty minutes away from Chiang Rai and three hours from Chiang Mai.

The four different tees offer every level of golfer a fair chance. In fact, most of the holes are also characterized by rolling greens guarded by countless sand and grass bunkers, trees and huge water hazards. It has been designed to maximize the risk and reward, there are varied options for many of longer holes including conservative approaches for the novice and challenging routes over hazards for the more experienced golfers.

The beautiful and full functional club house dominates the highest point of the club area and is first class in every way, which include spacious locker rooms, a well-stocked pro shop, and a very nice restaurant serving a range of local and international dishes, and of course cold Singha beer!

A perfect blend of history, rich culture, traditions, exuberance and vitality the Indian city of Kolkata, earlier was also known as Calcutta is festival of life. Regarded as the intellectual and cultural capital of the country, it is the land that nurtured poets like the Noble laureate Ravindranath Tagore and celebrated film maker Satyajit Ray-to name a few. It is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal.

Kolkata is located on the east bank of the Hooghly River and had also served as the commercial capital of East India in the colonial past. It is the third most populous metropolitan area in India and the 13th most populous urban area in the world. The city is also classified as the eighth largest urban agglomeration in the world.

Kolkata is a city that has easy access by air, well linked to other parts of the country by railways and also connected to almost all the cities of India by road.

Popularly known as Tolly, the Tollygunge Club about 10 km to the south of the of the city. Sir William Cruikshank, in the year 1895, established the club as an equestrian sports facility to "promote all manner of equestrian sports". It is spread

over 100 acres (400,000 m2), with a clubhouse that is over 200 years old. It is the only country club of its kind in India and ranked amongst the top 20 clubs of the world.

The Tollygunge Club was also a meeting ground for British Merchants and bankers. Prior to the locality being named Tollygunge, it was known as Russapugla, a densely forested area abounding in sundari, byne and garjan trees which even today make up the bulk of the Sunderbans, the estuary of the river Ganges.

The 18 hole, par 70, 6,304 yards (5,764 m) championship golf course course is designed by internationally reputed golf architects. The all season course is rich in challenge and natural appeal.

The club apart from golf offers tennis, squash, indoor and outdoor swimming, riding and amateur equestrian sports. There is also a well-equipped and extensively used gym with professional instructors. The Club has a bridge room, a billiards room, a pro-shop, a well-stocked library, cyber cafe, unisex salon and herbal Ayurvedic centre.

 
  Int'l Featured Destination  
  Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai, Thailand  
     
  Featured Golf Club  
  Santiburi Country Club  
     
  Featured Package  
  Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai
Premium Golf Package
 
     
  Domestic Featured Destination  
  Kolkata  
     
  Featured Golf Course  
  Tollygunge Golf Club  
     
  Featured Package  
  Short Golf Getaway in Kolkata:
Kolkata, India;
04 Days/ 03 Nights/ 02 Rounds of Golf
 
     
 
 
Winners of The National Tourism Award 2012-2013
Best Tourism Promotion Publicity Material

Conferred by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, PASH India was awarded as Best Tourism Promotion Publicity Material for its brochure called Passionate about Golf.

The awards were given away by Shri Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State, Ministry of Human Resource Development at a glittering ceremony at the Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on February 18th 2014
 
SAARC Nations Golf Championship 2014
The 11th SAARC Nations Golf Championship is a premier annual international amateur golf Championship in the SAARC region. Held from February 23 to 27, 2014, it was a three-day tournament played in the stroke play/match-play format. The national golf teams from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India participated in this tournament. It was held for the first time in the City of Joy and set amidst the historic background of the Tollygunge Club which has been existence since 1895.

The last event was held in Jaipur and India went into the tournament as the defending champion.

The event was organised in Kolkata for very first time and was sponsored by the Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal and Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. The tournament was supported by Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Like the previous year, the final of the championship was between India and Bangladesh.

The Runner’s up trophy of the medal round was won by Sri Lanka with a cumulative score of 140 followed by a tie between Bangladesh and Pakistan at 148 with Nepal finishing last. India has won this trophy since the last seven times.

The 11th SAARC Friendship cup was won with 40 stable ford points by Biresh Paul with handicap of 16 from Mr. Hash Jhunjhunwala (handicap 24) with a back nine count.

The tournament was superbly organised under the under the aegis of the Indian Golf Union.
 
  Golf Humor  
 

A golfer walks off the 18th green, hands his putter to his caddie and says, "Kid, you've got to be the worst caddie in the world."

The caddie replies, "Sir, that would be too much of a coincidence."

 
 
  Golf Tip
  Part I: Before You Swing
Lesson #3: Look High, Look Low

Traditional golf instruction tells you to peer straight out at your target and then align yourself with it. Well, it may surprise you that when I set up for a shot I sometimes don't even look at the flag. Instead, I look above and below.

Above, to the highest point on the horizon, be it a tree top, a mountain top or a guy in a red hat standing in the gallery behind the green. Remember, not every shot is played directly at the flag, and it's a good idea to find something that will hold your concentration. Just as important, I find it easier to fix my eyes and mind on specific objects. After all, every flag looks the same.

Then I go below, and seek out an area of the turf just in front of me - a leaf, a discoloured area of grass, a divot - that is directly in line with my earlier, lofty aim spot. This is a technique I learned directly from a Jack Nicklaus instruction book, and of all the things I've tried to emulate from Jack, it may be the most important. To this day, I can think of no player who consistently aligned himself more accurately than Nicklaus.

Courtesy: www.shark.com

     
 
 

Dear Arif,

Hello from Thailand.
We have just arrived in Hua Hin our last stop on the tour before we return to North America.
Trust that you got some rest after our group left.
I would like to "Thank You" for the outstanding job that you did looking after our group.
Having you accompany us made the trip so much easier for me.
Please keep in contact.

Best personal wishes;

 
  Allen  
 
   
  Mombasa an amazing gateway of golfing experience  
   
 

Tour Duration : 07 Days / 06 Nights / 4 Rounds of Golf

Package Cost: EURO 665
per person

 
 

 

 
 
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