Three Indians got a taste of royalty when they played at the private course of the royal family inside the Windsor Castle from September 24 to 28. The trio of Milesh Jamburao, Kodanram Ramaiah and Vishal Chaudhry earned their chance to play in the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh (DOE) Cup World Final in London following their stupendous performance in the Indian qualifiers.
The Indians rubbed shoulders with participants from 8 countries during the event which concluded with a Royal Champagne Dinner at the Windsor Castle Ball Room. The trio got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Prince Edward during the Black Tie dinner.
Charity is at the heart of the golf tournament.
“The golf courses were difficult with roughs as high as 7 inches. To play in the Royal Household Golf Club inside Windsor Castle was a dream come true. It is a small course with a high degree of difficulty owing to the roughs being about 1 foot high. Teeing off at Hole no. 4 there with the Stairs of the Windsor Castle in the backdrop is an experience and feeling nothing can buy in this world,” said Milesh Jamburao.
“I had a great time and the experience of playing at the Royal Household Golf Course was exceptional,” Vishal said later.
For Ramaih the event was a great chance to meet various international golfers who raised their hands for this noble cause.
“I was really fortunate to have qualified for the DOE World Finals. The World Finals was a marvelous experience and provided me an opportunity to meet people from various countries who have contributed handsomely for the charity… The elaborate dinner at the Windsor Castle was a fantastic experience,” Ramaiah said.
(Read more in the November issue of Golf Digest India. Download here.)