Located in Lado Sarai, Qutab Golf Course is set to get a major facelift.
According to plans, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will make several infrastructural changes to this golf course, which is India’s first public golf course.
The changes include building a club house with state-of-the-art facilities, adding six water bodies, 56 bunkers with proper drainage system and better sand quality that will, informed a senior official of the sports department of DDA. Poor quality of the turf on the greens, tees and fairways affect the game, and that’s why DDA plans to use hybrid variety grass (Tiffdwarf) on the greens. The two-year project will be completed in two phases and during that period the play field will remain partially operational. Nine holes will be redeveloped in the first phase, and the rest nine holes in the next phase.
The revamped structure’s basement will have a parking capacity for around 30 golf carts. There will be a bigger lobby, gymnasium, changing rooms, coffee shop, restaurant, bar, conference hall, kitchen, space for offices and more parking spaces. A pro shop – store for golf accessories like clubs, balls, bags and gloves – would also be established.
On Sunday, Lieutenant Governor (L-G) of Delhi, Najeeb Jung, laid the foundation stone for the construction of the club house and revamp of the golf course. With this, the start of redevelopment project which is estimated to cost Rs 55 crore (Rs 33 crore for club house and Rs 22 crore for golf course) officially begun.
The conceptual drawings submitted by the consultant have been approved by the L-G. A senior official said that the project would be completed by mid-2018.
“At present, the men’s changing rooms can accommodate around 30 people and women’s can accommodate only 15 at a time. When the club house would be ready it would accommodate thrice the number of people,” a senior DDA official said.
He added that during a meeting at Raj Niwas, it was decided that all the playing areas, driving range, cart paths, irrigation and drainage systems will be redeveloped as well. The bunkers have never been relaid since they were commissioned and essential works like underground drainage, cart paths, etc, were never constructed.
“With the construction of proper underground drainage system, water will be channelised through catch-basins to the newly created water bodies which would act as water harvesting points,” said a senior DDA official.
“The irrigation system here is more than 14 years old and uneven irrigation has affected the grass health. New irrigation system is needed to provide uniform watering of the turf at the right pressure. Because of excessive leakages, large quantity of water goes to waste every day,” he added.
Sources said that the plan for the club house was earlier envisaged at around Rs 85 crore but the DDA vice-chairman made certain changes which brought down the cost to Rs 33 crore. The DDA vice-chairman ordered to cut down on cosmetic beautification of the area. He suggested that DDA will not create rooms/offices exclusively for the VC or L-G which was earmarked in the earlier plan.
“He also suggested not to use too much of lightings as planned earlier as it would harm the birds in the neighbouring Sanjay Van city forest and not to use satellite-operated sprinklers or other sophisticated gadgets that require high maintenance,” he added.
DDA VC Arun Goel said, “My focus is on ensuring that DDA does not promote VVIP culture in any of its project. Others will follow the suit only when we will set up an example.”
The work for the club house has been awarded to a contractor and DDA has got administrative and financial clearances for the golf course and a budget has been allocated. The tendering process is likely to be done by April.