The Naini Retreat, Nainital


Uttarakhand has always lured people with its lush green surroundings and vast Himalayan range. The mountains and rivers of Uttarakhand have offered some very tough challenges to the adventure freaks. But there is more than adventure sports to the state, which is more subtle and gentle. Golf, one of the most favored past time of men, globally, has a very strong presence in Uttarakhand. For a Golf lover, Uttarakhand is a paradise. The Golf courses worldwide are known for their green meadows, surrounded by small lakes and small elevations on ground. Picture it all in middle of Himalayas, where the geographical variation is provided naturally. The Golf courses in Uttarakhand have incomparable beauty. Surrounded by mountains, fruit orchards and snow capped hill tops, the Golf courses here are also famous as tourist destination, apart from being favorites of professional players. The Golf courses in Uttarakhand are naturally very picturesque and can give a tough time to a golfer.

Raj Bhawan Golf Course, Nainital
The Raj Bhawan Golf Course in Nainital has been in use since 1926. Sir Malcolm Halley, the then governor of United Province, found the place suitable for Golf and the golf course was designed and constructed by the British Army engineers. Spread over an area of 50 acres, and set on an altitude of 1932 M, the ground is a masterpiece, covered by soft grass and surrounded by fruit orchards. The 18 hole golf course is amogst the finest in India. The Golf course is built near the Raj Bhawan, residence of the former governors of United Province.

The equipment, caddie and coach can be hired from the respective Golf clubs at a reasonable price. At Raj Bhawan Golf Course, the charges for Golf accessories are prices very moderately.

The Golf Course From the level of the lower lawn, well graded paths traverse the outlying portion of the grounds where the golf course lies. It is an 18 hole golf course with 18 different tees. Golfing was started in 1926 with the efforts of Lord Malcolm Hailey, the then Governor of the United Provinces. The golf course was designed and constructed by the British Army Engineers. A culmination of masterpiece designing, the ground was studded with hards and covered by vibrant forests which can still be witnessed. The course is spread over an area of 50 acres amidst a hilly landscape with a typical flavour of the British penchant for sylvan surroundings.

It is one of the most challenging courses in the world where one can enjoy the ethereal beauty of the course with the changing seasons. For draining out the water from the golf course, an undergrounfd tunnel 137.1 m. in length has been constructed in the lowest bopwl of the cours, a marvel of engineering skill. According to local folklore, the tunnel had served as the hideout of Sultana Daku, the Robin Hood of India, in bygone days. In 1994, the Golf course was opened for the public. The Golf course has since been developed to a great extent due to the efforts of the various Governors of Uttarakhand. This is currently one of the best maintained courses in the country and the pride of Uttarakhand and is hosting many Golf Championships.

Visiting Raj Bhawan - Subjected to pleasure of His Excellency; Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited, also conduct tours to Raj Bhawan.

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