Golfing in leh, the highest golfcourse in the worldPresentation Transcript
Golfing in Leh
The Highest Golf Course in the world
In the Desert - No grass
At 11500 ft. above sea level
Here it is
I must thank Commandant Mahajan and his Colonel friends in the Indian Army who made it possible for me to be there on this unique and majestic golf course.
It is interesting to see the Tee Box. It is filled with clay on top. You sprinkle water and then the tee can be placed to hold the ball
A Help from a soldier caddies
I had an acclimatization for 3 days but I was still not really in a shape to walk with the clubs. I t was great to have a help. He also was able to give me hints on where to hit. Little tips that proved to be big helps, came from him. Many many thanks …to him.
Here I am on the 4 th hole on the back 9. I did not play the front 9 because it was more challenging for walking. It was supposed to be steeper than the back 9.
The clubs of course were complimentary from the club.
As you can see; there is no grass. It is all hard surface with gravel and sand. The fairway shot is taken from a small piece of mat as shown here. It took me few shots to have a feel. It is similar to indoor golf except for the fact that the mat flies with the ball.
Close to the Brown
There is no Green. They call it “Brown.” Sand is mixed with engine oil to give the putting ability. Chip and then put.
It is nice and smooth. Take the flag out and put…smooth it again using the small mat and go to the next Tee.
That is it….It was great to be there. It will stay in memories. Not only it is at 11,500 feet…it also is unique course in a desert.
The ground was recently used for camping people displaced from the flash flooding near Leh.
The world’s highest golf course is perhaps also the most peculiar. At 11,500 feet, there is plenty of brown but scarcely any green. Now, it is the biggest relief camp in Leh with more than 10,000 people camped on its slopes for the past two days. Most have lost their houses and some are too scared to go back to a place where they saw entire neighbourhood getting washed away.
While hundreds of makeshift tents have been erected on the golf course — it also doubles up as an Army training area — for children who have still not realised that the loss of their homes and family members is permanent, the golf course has turned into a large playground that to them seems like a picnic spot.
I really love Leh in India and hope to return there soon. More about the trip in later posts