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State to form its own golf association soon

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SummaryPublic and private golf courses in Gujarat will soon be coming together under one umbrella to promote the sport in Gujarat.

Public and private golf courses in Gujarat will soon be coming together under one umbrella to promote the sport in Gujarat. Twelve golf courses in the state, from cities like Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Bharuch, Rajkot and Surat, will be part of the founding team that have come together to form the Gujarat Golf Association (GGA) that will be flagged off by the end of November.

Both Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar have been at the forefront of golfing activity in the state after the real estate boom was witnessed in and around the twin cities.

This has given rise to at least nine golf courses, most of which are managed by real estate developers and hoteliers. Meanwhile, Vadodara, Rajkot and Bharuch have at least one golf course each. However, with very few golf enthusiasts taking up the game, golf clubs in the state, which were hitherto vying for patrons individually, have now teamed up under the umbrella of an association in a bid to promote the sport in a big way.

Both public and private golf courses will be eligible to become members of the association. Some of the founding member golf clubs include the Kensville Golf & Country Club, Gulmohar Greens Golf and Country Club, Kalhaar Blues and Greens Golf Club (Sanand), the Army Golf Course, BSF Lions Golf Course, the Belvedere Golf and Country Club (Ahmedabad), Cambay Golf Resort, Aalloa Hills Resort & Golf Course (Gandhinagar), the Gaekwad Baroda Golf Club (Vadodara), Rajkot Golf Course, Narmada Golf Club (Bharuch) and an upcoming golf course to be started by a Surat-based real estate player.

While each of us have been individually promoting our golf course, many of us are struggling hard to stay afloat as golf is picking up very slowly here and the golf properties are expensive to maintain. So, we decided to come together under one umbrella and promote it in an organised manner. Through the association, we can come up with a golf calendar and have events in a structured way which can attract golf enthusiasts, tourists and professional golfers. Currently, there are around 600 professional golfers in the state, said Alpesh Parikh, MD of Gulmohar Greens Golf & Country Club.

The association will seek to represent Gujarat not only in the sports and tourism ministries but also at the Olympics committees as golf has been included in the upcoming Olympics 2016 as a competitive sport . The association will be affiliated with the

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