Riverside Golf Course inaugurated its revamped 9-hole golf course on February 18.
LT Gen RS Salaria (Commandant, School of Artillery Deolali) was the chief guest, while former Director General of Indian Golf Union (IGU) AK Singh was special invitee. Air Cmde RP Gaindhar and Air Cmde S Borade were present as guests of honour.
Fully equipped now with driving range, golf sets, trained caddies and an IGU-trained coach, Riverside Golf Course also has a pro shop that meets the requirements of players. Further, a training program for children between the age of 8 and 20 has been designed.
More than 40 golfers from Deolali, Nashik, Pune and New Delhi showed up to play on the course which has been developed along the banks of river Kadwa.
The facility has been constructed by retired Air Force serviceman Pradeep Bagmar.
The idea to build a golf course – available to everyone, and especially children – first occurred to Bagmar post his retirement from the Air Force in 2001, when he was helping market products for golf course irrigation. He covered over 25 courses in the country over 7 years, including private and public properties, and this inspired him to make use of 100 acres of his own land in Niphad, 40km away from Nashik.
(Read more in the March issue of Golf Digest India. Download here.)