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Peerzada Ashiq , Hindustan Times
Srinagar, November 08, 2013
Kashmir’s elite golf course, Royal Springs Golf Course, considered among the best in Asia, is facing a stinking problem these days.
The management has asked the Valley’s who’s who in the business, politics and other professionals to mend their behaviour in the club. Sources said a warning note has been issued by the golf management to its elite members, who pay `3 lakh as membership fee annually, to help control stinking problem in the health club.

“It has been observed that most of the members using ‘Change Room’ facilities leave their soil-soaked socks in the room,” said a notice put up by the authorities at the club.

The notice expresses concern over the fast spreading stink in the club of the course, which is spread over 300 acres and was commissioned to the world-famous golf course developer Robert Trent Jones Jr-II in 2001.

“Bad odour emanating from the socks is a cause of inconvenience and also against the club culture,” reads the notice.

The management has given the members --- which include the Valley’s top politicians and golf regulars’ union minister for new and renewable energy Farooq Abdullah, police top brass and top-notch bureaucrats --- two days to mend ways.

The regulars at the course are top industrialists and business families like Tramboos, Burzas, Chahyas, etc.

The management’s has warned the members of action. “If these soil-soaked clothes are not removed, the management shall be compelled to remove them without any responsibility, that may please be noted,” reads the missive sent to the members.

No official at the gold course is ready to comment on the issue given the high profile of the members.

The Royal Springs Golf Course has hosted several national and international gold tournaments. Besides the turf, it is the bewitching beauty that has elite golfers in the country eager to play there.
The course is rolled on a hill, with huge Zabarwan hills in the backdrop. It is dotted by natural marsh, deciduous forest, lakes and wilderness.
The 18-hole, 6,445 metre course at a par of 72, makes golfing a challenge here.