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Golf amidst picturesque natural surroundings has always been the first love of ardent golfers. Keeping in mind such affection and concern shared by many on finding suitable golf attractions in India during summers, this issue of Swing India newsletter is featuring two such glorious golfing heavens.

A jewel of a destination, Srinagar, the capital city of Jammu and Kashmir is an ideal golf destination for the golf enthusiasts around the world and especially the corporates, who are not willing to miss golf in the simmering summers of North India. The Royal Spring Golf Course, an 18-hole world class course, overlooking the famous Dal Lake offers a challenge to all levels of golf aficionados and much sought respite from northern plains heat with temperate climate.

A trip to the Heritage Golf Club in Mauritius in the Indian ocean also combines the pleasure of the game with exceptionally tranquil natural climate, breath-taking views, infrastructure and deserves due attention of golf lovers. Set in the middle of stunning natural scenery and dotted with small lakes and streams, this masterpiece of a golf course provides a challenge for golfers of all levels with an unforgettable experience.

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Mauritius, an ideal tropical destination for Golf lovers

Mauritius, a sparkling crystal in the Indian Ocean has abundance of pleasant surprises for golf lovers. It has the distinction of being the third nation in the world to be introduced to golf in 1844, under the British rule. Here, the visiting golfers have the chance to relish their favourite sport in optimal conditions on spectacular golf courses, located on beautiful sites with sea as the backdrop.

Today, Mauritius is home to eight 18-hole golf courses and five nine-hole golf courses, each of which delivers a unique golfing experience to the golf aficionados. Many golf courses here are designed by some prestigious players such as Bernhard Langer, Ernie Els and Rodney Wright.

Golfers who choose to visit Mauritius for their sporting holiday are set to enjoy much more than just golf. They will experience, on one hand, the Mauritian people’s innate hospitality, friendliness and commitment to quality of service. They will have the opportunity to stay in excellent hotels, each offering a wide range of additional services, including wonderful spas and world-class cuisine.

Golf at its best at Heritage Golf Club course in Mauritius

Flanked by rolling mountains on one side and the blue waters of the lagoon on the other, the Heritage Golf Club in Mauritius enhances the pleasure of golfing
with exceptional views, world class infrastructure and services. In fact, the 18-hole, par 72 championship course of the Heritage Golf Club on the Domaine de Bel Ombre has been crafted with utmost care to incorporate all the features of a naturally hilly landscape.

Set in the middle of stunning natural scenery and dotted with small lakes and streams, this masterpiece of a golf course stretching over 100 hectares was designed by the South African, Peter Matkovitch. The diversity of landscapes here makes every single-hole unique, offering golf lovers an unforgettable golfing experience.

Besides providing a challenge for golfers of all levels, the Heritage Golf Club allows them to hone their skills on a 9-hole course integrated course. After a round on the Heritage Golf Club course, there is no better place than the restaurant and bar of the club house to relax and rejuvenate.
Golfing in nature’s paradise, Srinagar

A jewel of a destination, Srinagar is the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It’s an ideal golf destination for the golf enthusiast around the world and especially the corporates, who are unwilling to miss golf in the simmering summers in north India. The temperate climate of the city allows the golfers to play for longer hours without getting tired almost throughout the year.

Spanning an expense of 300 acres near the famous Cheshma Shahi, the Royal Spring Golf Course overlooking the famous Dal Lake here and the other courses at Gulmarg that have distinction of being the highest green golf course anywhere in the world; offers golfers with an absolute out of the world golfing experience.

In addition to world class tee time, Srinagar offers exquisite pleasure gardens, romantic shikara rides and mesmerising houseboats experience. Also, the markets here offer a vast variety of the most refined handicrafts– from pashmina shawls, to intricately hand-woven carpets, delicately carved woodwork, glittering copperware and much more.

Tee off at Srinagar’s finest Royal Springs Golf Course

Golfing at Royal Springs Golf Course in Srinagar is a truly exceling experience for the golf lovers. It is among the most scenic golf courses around the

world that exists in a natural environment created against breath taking backdrop of picturesque Zabarvan Mountains. The 18-hole world class golf here offers a challenge to all levels of golf aficionados.

The world renowned designer Robert Trent Jones-II here has succeeded to create a course in a natural setting that has a combination of aesthetic delight and golfing pleasure, which is hard to equate with anywhere around the globe. In fact, a golfer here will require to exercise complete authoritative control on both his ‘fade’ and ‘draw’ to score well on this stimulating course.

Hazard areas in this golf course are in shape of beautiful lakes, natural marshes, bunkers and features that makes the course interesting and challenging, in accordance with the international championship standards. In addition to practice fairways, there are three lakes, two marshes, underground sprinkler irrigation system, comfort stations, rain shelters, a club house, and about 10 km long cart path to cater to all the needs of a golfer.
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International Featured Destination
Featured Golf Club
Heritage Golf Club
Featured Package
Mauritius Invitational Golf 2015
Location: Mauritius & around, Mauritius
Duration: 07 Days/ 06 Nights - 04 Rounds of Golf
Domestic Featured Destination
Srinagar, India
Featured Golf Course
Royal Springs Golf Club
Featured Package
Golfing in Heaven
Location: Srinagar, India
Duration: 07 Days/ 06 Nights - 04 Rounds of Golf
Augusta Masters 2015: Anirban Lahiri remains 50th; Jordan Spieth remains top

Augusta (Georgia), Apr 12: Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri turned in an improved performance in the third round but was still unable to make a move up the leaderboard at the Masters, staying tied 50th after carding a two-over 74. He shot one birdie and one bogey each, besides a double bogey that dragged his score down in the third round.

Lahiri’s third round of two-over 74 saw him move to four-over 220 but stayed in the same place at the end of third day — in tied 50th place. Lahiri was solid and played better than the second day, but below par putting, including as many as three three-putts, did him in at the Augusta National Golf Club.

“I played pretty good for the first six and a half holes and then I hit one bad shot — my approach shot on the seventh hole. I left myself in a bad position in the bunker. Yet from there where I should have made a bogey, I made a double bogey. I went four feet past and missed my bogey putt, too. I did that three times today and those were my dropped shots. After the double on seventh; on the 11th hole I was sitting on a 20-foot birdie, but not only missed that but also the return and made a bogey. Then on 15th, again I three-putted and missed a chance for a birdie. Those were the big disappointments for me in the third round,” he explained.

Lahiri parred the first six holes before a double bogey on the seventh. It was his second double bogey of the week after the one on 14th in the second round. He bogeyed again on 11th and his sole birdie of the day came on par-three 12th on the Amen Corner.

Talking of his putting, Lahiri said, “I was energised after making the cut after battling it out in the second round. But this frustration of nothing happening on the green was getting to me. The ball just would not go into hole.”

Asia’s other star, Thongchai Jaidee collapsed with a round of 80, which included eight bogeys and no birdies as he dropped to 225 and into 55th and last place. Towards the top end of the leaderboard, World No. 4 Jordan Spieth, who has won three times since the last week of November — Australian Open, Hero World Challenge and the Valspar Championships — stayed in front with a gutsy showing at 16-under.

Last year’s runner-up Spieth has finished first (Valspar), second (Texas Open) and tied second (Houston Open) in last three starts in four weeks and is on the hottest streak in the golfing world. Chasing him was Justin Rose (67) who had a brilliant 31 on the back nine at 12-under, Phil Mickelson (67) at 11-under and Charlie Hoffman (72) at 10-under.

Tiger Woods (68) continued his improvement to rise to tied sixth alongside Rory McIlory (68), winner of the last Majors — Open and PGA — and both are at six-under 210. That sets up a cracker of final day.
Golf Humour
Golf is a game where the ball lies poorly and the golfers lie well.

Golf Tip
Part I: Before You Swing
Lesson #16: A Game of Inches

A change of a few inches or less can make a difference of several yards in the distance of your tee shots. Here are two things to experiment with at address:

1. Tee the ball an inch higher than normal, about 4 inches ahead of your left heel. This will enable you to catch the ball just as your club begins the upswing, which means you'll stay behind the ball longer, allowing an extra split-second to build up power. It also encourages a higher-than-normal shot with plenty of hang time, making this a good ploy when you're hitting with a tail wind.

2. Widen your stance a few inches. This will improve your ability to make a long, low takeaway that will increase the length of your swing arc, enabling you to create more club head speed on the downswing. The wider stance also lowers your centre of gravity and creates a lower, more boring trajectory, so this adjustment is particularly useful when you're playing into a headwind.
Thank you for organizing such a wonderful trip. Weather was fantastic, the chosen courses were fabulous. Some courses were quite challenging and tight and put a real good test to my golfing skills. It was a good break and even the culture add-ons in the tour were quite insightful.

Golfing at Lighthouse Golf & Spa Hotel
Location: Varna, Bulgaria
Tour Duration: 08 Days/ 07 Nights with 05 Golf round
Package Staring EUR 625 per person 

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