Jul 12, 2010
The Most Exotic Golf Course in the World
While Augusta National might be steeped in tradition; the Himalayan Golf Course in Pokhara, Nepal is steeped in some of the largest mountains in the world. Set within a sweeping canyon created by Himalayan snow water, the HGC is truly the most exotic golf courses in the world.
Located just seven kilometers (4.35 miles) away from downtown Pokhara, the twice played 9 hole course is well laid out for championships at 6,900 yards with a par of 73. It has 11 greens and different tee positions and lies for the most part inside a sweeping canyon created by the Himalayan snowed waters of the Bijayapur river. The course incorporates Scottish-influenced features such as fairway mounding, split fairways and the use of natural landforms and nature to shape the course. The course has been the venue for the Nepal Surya Western (professional) Open for the past seven years. Framed by the towering the Annapurna range, cattle and buffalo roam freely providing most of the grass mowing.
The course was designed and constructed by an Ex British Army officer, Major Ram Gurung, MBE, and opened for play in January 1998. Major Ram Gurung was exclusively invited to take up the challenge to carve a 9 holes Golf Course from what was previously a desolate wasteland of river boulders and swamps