Want to grow the game? Let’s take more golf to India.
India’s Tourism Minister reflected today on the potential for golf tourism to grow in India, saying that the government supported efforts to attract more foreign golfers to the country’s roughly 220 golf courses, reports the Economic Times.
The President of the India Golf Tourism Association said that 25 of the country’s courses are “at par with international standard.”
Golf has a long history in India, one that tracks closely to the area’s colonial English heritage. The first golf club built outside of the British Isles was opened in Calcutta in 1829, several years before golf gained a foothold in the United States. The first national golf event in India was played way back in 1892.
In recent years, players like Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal, Shiv Chowrasia and Anirban Lahiri have begun to win worldwide notice for Indian golf. If the popularity of the sport continues to increase there (and golf-related tourism drives further growth) there may be more golf acclaim in India’s future.