The thing about having a golf lounge in a mall is that the concept of golf widows goes flying out. Women get to shop, husbands get to play — net net, no guilt. Women can also, of course, swing that nine iron, as can the kids. There is an ‘academy’ for beginners where individual lessons (30 mins) start at Rs 450 and For Rs 800, you can get a 45-minute video analysis of your child’s wing (and then keep the CD, of course). Cashing in on the golfer lifestyle makes managing director, Golfworx, Rahul Singh, a smart man.
Launching today, the lounge on the top floor of Ambience mall is spread over 44,000 square feet (largest in NCR, comparable to Kuala Lumpur), has six high definition simulators with a choice of 14 virtual golf courses to play on, a retail space, and a putting green. You can carry your own clubs, or choose one of theirs.
Besides the lounge and F&B area, there is a cigar bar with wines and hand picked single malts — the MD has a keen eye — and going by the décor of the place, as does his wife, Bineeta. It all comes at a price. A separate entrance for ‘members only’ and rates that can be worked out on individual or corporate levels. The government sees golf as more fun than sport — which explains the 25 per cent entertainment tax.
Weekdays for one hour: Rs 500 for 1-2 people, Rs 700 for 3-4 people.
Weekends for one hour: Rs 700 for 1-2 people and Rs 1,000 for 3-4 people.
Bottom line: You don’t have to be on the faraway to play golf. You just have to be rich.