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Playing Golf at the Valley Shilp Club In Mumbai

MG is an air warrior and a global traveler who loves to visit and explore new places.

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Introduction

Golf is generally considered an elitist game for the simple reason that entering the greens can cost you a tidy sum of money. Golfing equipment like clubs can also be costly.In India, in case you are from the Armed Forces, you have some wonderful golf courses available which were set up by the British. Mostly I play at these courses or some exclusive courses like the Delhi Golf Club and the Wellingdon Club in Mumbai.

This time my friend suggested that I try playing at the new golf course in New Bombay known as the Valley Shilp golf club it's a nine-hole course, replete with obstacles like a rivulet and sand bars.

The game was introduced in India by the British almost 300 years back and initially only the British army officers used to play the game. Subsequently the maharajas and rich Indians also began to play the game after the British left. Their gift of the golf courses has remained and it is something that must be cherished.

Owing to India’s varied topography, the nature of golf courses in India is rich and diverse, ranging from beautiful mountainous courses like the ones in Kashmir to a beachside course in Goa and many in between.

You have golf clubs of every kind - exclusive clubs to public courses and many army courses. The pricing, therefore, varies from establishments that charge high green fees to golf clubs in India that are more reasonably priced. It’s possible to get a good round of golf while traveling in India’s major cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Chennai.

One of the newest golf courses is the one at Kharghar in Navi Mumbai and during the last week I was here, I played a round of golf and before that practicing the long shots in the practice area.






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Playing

I left the Taj where I was staying and took the new Freeway which starts from Fort and crosses the eastern part of the city and then you have a straight road which is part of the national highway to Goa and you reach Kharghar. This is one of the suburbs of Bombay and is expanding quite a bit and maybe in a year or two, its importance will grow much more, as the international airport is coming up here.

I started by first going to the practice area. You are given 50 golf balls to get yourself into the groove. That means you can have 50 hits and get a feel of the course as well as get your body in physical condition.

After that, I hired a golf cart and was looking around for someone to play with, when I found a Japanese girl also looking around. I have come to know there are many Japanese who come to play at this course because of the industrial complex nearby at Taloja where many Japanese are working. Her name was Akara which in Japanese means Morning light.

We completed the full course of nine holes in about 2 and1/2 hours and during this process, we also had long chats with each other. The club also has an excellent cafeteria but there is a drawback as Kharghar has been declared an alcohol-free zone and so no beer or gin is available and that takes half the fun out of playing golf. I suggested that we go over to the United Services Club for lunch and she readily agreed. I opened the door for Akara and drove the car to the US club.

As far as the golf course is concerned it is one of the best I've played and the staff very friendly; maybe when I come again next time I will play a round of golf here. In the end, I won easily.


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The end

The fee for playing only in the practice area is Rs.177 and for the greens, it is Rs 540, which is pretty cheap compared to the United States and works out to just $3 and $8 respectively. The golf cart will set you back by another eight dollars for four hours. No tipping is allowed and that is something I didn't like but that is one rule I did violate.

The second part was getting introduced to Akara. Let us see if we meet again because I'm going back to take up my appointment on Monday.

Comments

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on October 25, 2021:

Thank you Chitra, do you play golf.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 24, 2021:

An interesting read, of your time at the Valley shilp club, Mumbai. This is definitely a wonderful place, and I am familiar with it.

Thank you for sharing your experience.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on October 24, 2021:

Devika, thank you for your observation and comment.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on October 24, 2021:

Bill, thanks for commenting. Glad to learn you play golf. Why give it up?

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on October 24, 2021:

Peggy, nice of you to have commented. yes, golf is a wonderful game.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on October 24, 2021:

Femi, thank you.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 24, 2021:

It was nice to see the photos of the course and to see the surrounding countryside. I hope you had a good round of golf. I golfed at one time, for several years, and found it to be very relaxing.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 24, 2021:

It sounds like you had fun playing this golf course. My dad always enjoyed that game as did my husband until recently due to physical limitations. I once took some lessons but never went much further with it.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 24, 2021:

emge This sounds like a great experience and to top this hub I learned a lot about a club I had no idea it is in Mumbai. Interesting about this spot and sharing with us a wonderful course is much appreciated.

femi from Nigeria on October 24, 2021:

Enjoyment

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on October 24, 2021:

Thank you, Pamela, so nice you commented.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 24, 2021:

This is a beautiful gold course, MG. It is nice you found someone to accompany you. Thanks for all the facts about this gold course.

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