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Pash India team, in this edition of our newsletter, has shortlisted the best of natural and modern golf courses from India and China. For nature loving golfers, the pick this month is one of the finest natural golf courses in the world in southern state of Tamil Nadu, India. The Ootacamund Gymkhana Club is one of the most challenging and picturesque golf courses in Asia.

Situated on the rolling Wenlock Downs at a height of 7200 ft above sea level, it’s an 18-hole course discovered by the British in around 1819. Due to the high altitude, the balls here travel comparatively farther and on top of it nine holes out of the eighteen holes are shot blind that test best of the golfing skills. On the other side in China, the golfers have a modern golfing paradise to play at called the Mission Hills Golf Club.

It’s the world's only golf club with five 18-hole Championship golf courses designed by over 12 world-renowned golf legends. Mission Hills Resort Shenzhen offers an alluring combination of golf and five-star luxury accommodation for international golfers that combines golfing with relaxation, business and lifestyle.

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Team PASH India
ON THE SPOTLIGHT
Shenzhen- a metropolitan city with a heart that beats for Golf

Golf lovers get an amazing welcome to China’s first and one of the most successful Special Economic Zones- Shenzhen. It’s a major city in the south of Southern China’s Guangdong Province, situated immediately north of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, but with a health of golf. Located in the southern portion of the Guangdong Province, on the eastern shore of the Pearl River Delta, the Shenzhen city is home to over ten of world class championship golf courses.

At all the courses in close proximity to the city, namely Mission Hill Golf Club, Xili Golf Club, Xiancun International Golf Club, Conghua Hot Spring Golf Club, Luhu Golf & Country Club, Nansha Golf Club, Nanhu Golf & Country Club; designers deserve full credit for making best possible use of the surrounding natural beautiful landscape.

All the golf courses live up to the expectations of discerning golf travellers with a full range of world class amenities such as Chinese and Western restaurants, club houses, gymnasiums, tennis courts, swimming pool facilities and much more. However, the best pick here is the largest golf club in Asia stretching across Shenzhen and Dongguan, called the Mission Hills Golf Course.
Redefining Golf at Mission Hills Golf Club

China’s meteoric rise in the global arena has led to rapid growth in the country. Decision makers from around the globe travel to china for business.
Fortunately, the golf lovers among them have got brilliant golf courses to conquer. Stretching across Shenzhen and Dongguan in China, Mission Hills is the largest golf club in Asia and a must play course.

It is a complete golfing paradise and perhaps the world's only golf club with five 18-hole Championship golf courses. Nestled within the National 5A-level tourist attraction and surrounded by 12 world-class championship golf courses, it has been designed by 12 world-renowned golf legends.

Custom built for an international golf community that combines golfing with relaxation, business and lifestyle, Mission Hills Resort Shenzhen offers an alluring combination of five-star luxury accommodation plus some of Asia’s finest sporting, spa and leisure facilities. Guests have access to two outdoor swimming pools with a fun-filled obstacle water park, a fully-equipped gym and many other state-of-the-art amenities for leisure and relaxation.
Experience a slice of paradise at Ooty
Golfing is even more a heavenly experience, if it takes an ardent golfer to a place that, literally speaking, is a slice of heaven itself. The southern state of Tamil Nadu in India has one such hill offering called Ooty, which is popularly known as the queen of hills. Curiously enough, this slice of paradise remained unknown to the great southern dynasties and it was the British who discovered it in the early 1800s.

Located in the blue Mountains of the Western Ghats at an altitude of 2,240 metres (7,350 feet) above sea level, Ooty is best known for its picturesque mountains, great lakes, dense forests, sprawling grasslands, miles of tea gardens and eucalyptus trees that draws a large number of Indian and International tourists every year.

Ooty, literally speaking, serves as the headquarter of one of the oldest mountain ranges, located at the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka called the Nilgiri’s. It’s among the 14 hotspots of the world because of its unique bio-diversity and will surely lure a golfer to nearby Coonoor and Kotagiri hill stations, in close proximity to Ooty.

Experience Asia’s most challenging course at Ootacamund Gymkhana Club

The Golfers at Ootacamund Gymkhana Club hang on to their clubs till the challenging course is conquered. Located in the

southern state of Tamil Nadu in India, it’s easily the most challenging and picturesque golf courses in Asia. The rich natural beauty surrounding the golf course adds to the joy of discovering one of the finest natural golf courses in the world.

Due to the high altitude, the balls travel comparatively farther and on top of it nine holes out of the eighteen holes are shot blind due to the rolling landscape. Situated on the rolling Wenlock Downs at a height of 7200 ft above sea level, it’s an 18 hole, spread across 6235 yards. Discovered by the British in around 1819, the Ootacamund Club came into existence in October 1841 and is now known as the Ootacamund Gymkhana Club.

For nature loving golfers, the course here is surrounded by a variety of trees such as rhododendron, oak, aromatic eucalyptus, and fir which add to the scenic atmosphere and throw challenges in the form of narrow fairways, making it an even more enjoyable experience. The golf course is also served as the backdrop to many movies in several Indian languages.
*Content sourced from various websites
International Featured Destination
Shenzhen, China
Featured Golf Club
Mission Hills Golf Club, Shenzhen
Featured Package
Mission Hills Splendid Golf Tour
Location: Shenzhen, China
Duration: 04 Days/ 03 Nights/ 03 Rounds of Golf
International Featured Destination
Ooty, India
Featured Golf Course
Ootacamund Gymkhana Golf Club
Featured Package
Golfing at Ooty
Location: Ooty, India
Duration: 04 Days/ 03 Nights / 02 rounds of golf
Anirban Lahiri wins second European Tour title in playoff

Local favourite Anirban Lahiri won a playoff against compatriot SSP Chawrasia to claim his second European Tour title in two weeks at the Indian Open on Sunday.

Beginning a dramatic day seven shots behind overnight leader Chawrasia, Lahiri carded two-under 69 and benefited from his opponent's meltdown to join him at seven under par and force the playoff.

Chawrasia slumped to a 76 and watched helplessly as Lahiri denied him his third European Tour title by rolling in a 15-foot birdie to clinch the playoff.

"It's incredible - starting today I didn't really think I had a chance," Lahiri, who was four-over after his first 10 holes in the tournament, told reporters.

"It was one of the toughest days ever that I've played golf at Delhi Golf Club and I'm really happy to have accomplished this: it's a childhood dream," said Lahiri who won his maiden European Tour title in Malaysia a fortnight ago.

"There were about eight of us who could have pulled through so I feel really lucky and fortunate, and really happy," added the 27-year-old, who could move to just outside the top 30 in the world rankings and looks certain to earn a U.S. Masters invitation in April.

Chawrasia began the day with a two-shot lead over holder Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh who won the tournament two years ago before it was co-sanctioned by the European Tour.

Sweden's Joakim Lagergren, Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng, Sri Lanka's Mithun Perera and Australian Marcus Fraser finished on six under.

Chawrasia dropped three shots in his opening four holes to hand the lead to Rahman but the Bangladeshi also wilted under pressure, returning 76 to finish five-under overall.

Lahiri climbed to second place in The Race to Dubai.

"It's hard to come to terms with," he said.

"Just six months back I was in Spain at Qualifying School and really relieved having stared at not having my card with five holes to go, so it feels like I’ve skipped a couple of steps to get to where I am right now.

"It's obviously a fantastic feeling and hopefully I can keep playing well through the year."
Courtesy: www.reuters.com
Golf Humor
If you're caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron - Lee Trevino
Golf Tip
Part I: Before You Swing
Lesson #14: The Right Height

The traditional advice has been that you should tee your ball so that its equator is even with the top of your driver. These days, that's too simplistic. Metal woods, which are now used by nearly every golfer, have a lower center of gravity than old wood-headed clubs, which means you'll usually want to tee the ball a bit below the 'equator' guideline.

Tee height also depends to some degree on the nature of your swing. If you're a sweeper of the ball you probably prefer a slightly high tee, to give you the feeling of staying behind and under the ball. A more downward hitter, on the other hand, will generally opt for a slightly lower tee to encourage the strong lateral move to the left that creates the down-and-through type of impact.

It's fine to begin with the equator rule, but you may be cheating yourself if you don't experiment a bit with higher and lower tees until you pinpoint the ideal height for your swing and your club.
Courtesy: www.shark.com
The India adventure was truly outstanding. We must admit India challenged us on many levels and often, we were taken out of our comfort zone. Our senses were ignited on every level. With that being said, it was a wonderful experience that rewarded us with new perspectives on our lives and the lives of others on the planet. We have incredible memories that we will cherish forever.

Thank you Allan and Terri and Arif for making this a superb trip and for all your many months of behind the scenes planning.

Gary and Donna

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