Very soon, you will be able to tee off in a golf course of international standards in Delhi, and that too by paying a very nominal fee.
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is coming up with a ‘state-of-the-art’ 18-hole golf course spread over an area of 173 acres in Dwarka — the biggest ever by the agency. It will be bigger than DDA’s existing golf courses at Lado Sarai (110 acre) and Bhalswa (100 acre) but smaller than Delhi Golf Club (220 acres).
“DDA is the first to bring this elite sport to the doorstep of the common man,” said Neemo Dhar, DDA spokesperson. “Our golf courses allow ‘pay and play’, which brings the sport to the common man. The pattern is being replicated in our upcoming golf courses,” she said.
DDA had hired a consultant for the project — New Millenium Ltd. —and tenders will soon be floated. The design and plans for the golf course are in the final stages. Apart from the gold driving range, the complex will house a training centre, club house, swimming pool and gymnasiums of international standards.
The golf course will come up at Dwarka Sector 24, next to the proposed diplomatic enclave and international convention centre planned by the DDA.
The golf course will also be very close to the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
The site, though big enough, is linear in shape and a storm-water drain passes through it. The DDA plans to include the drain in the layout of the golf course, so that it serves as a water body.
A small water treatment plant is also being planned to make the drain water odour-free. The water will be sourced from the nearby Najafgarh drain, which will be treated.