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J&K Golf Development And Management Authority Bill Passed To Promote Golf Tourism


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18 April 2013

Mumbai: The J&K Golf Development and Management Authority Bill was recently passed by the Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) government with the intention of creating an all-year golfing calendar that puts the state on the Golf Tourism map. "Golf does not earn money directly, it is a money multiplier...It is a leisure sport that only paying tourists play, but in the process transport, hospitality sector and the general market benefits," M Salim Beig, former Director General Tourism, Government of J&K, was quoted as saying in a report by Masood Hussain in The Economic Times.

Beig blamed poor marketing and situational constraints in selling the infrastructure. "Let the situation stabilise. There will be a long line outside Royal Springs because it is cheap and cool to play golf in Kashmir," he asserted. Ten years ago, Farooq Abdullah, former Chief Minister of J&K, cleared the city forest and created Royal Springs Golf Course. Built at a cost of Rs 35 crore, the golf course is today counted among Asia's top five, but tourism managers have not been able to market the state as a golf destination yet.
At a stone's throw from Royal Springs is a six-hole golf course overlooking Dal Lake. Srinagar's oldest nine-hole golf course on Moulana Azad Road is in the heart of the city. The Army owns a separate golf course in Badamibagh Cantonment.