Delhi and the National Capital Region to Lead India Learn Golf Week Initiative
Delhi and the National Capital region will lead the country in hosting the Indian Learn Golf Week (ILGW), a historic nationwide initiative to draw new talent to the game. As many as five venues have registered to participate in this weeklong programme. The Siri Fort Driving Range in Delhi, Golden Greens, Hamoni Driving Range, Karma Lakeland in Gurgaon as well as Jaypee Greens Golf Resort in Noida will be the five venues where beginner lessons by qualified Golf coaches based on the Professional Golfer’s Association (PGA) of America curriculum, will be imparted from September 25 to October 1, 2017.
Speaking at the Siri Fort Driving Range during an invitation only event to showcase the concept real time, veteran Indian Golf professional and Asian Tour player Amandeep Johl said, “India Learn Golf Week is a great initiative. I think a lot more Indians need to start taking up this game. There are a lot of myths about golf, which we intend to break with this initiative of ILGW and the aim is to make the game more and more accessible probably as much as any other sport. The game of golf can be played alone as well as with your family and it is meant for all age groups. Most of the golf courses in India are allowing pay and play facility, here in Sirifort Driving Range as well you can play one hour of golf for just 500 INR wherein the facilities and the equipment will be provided.”
Amandeep will be one of the coaches imparting golf lessons during the ILGW. A total of 26 venues across 15 cities of the country will be hosting the ILGW with only Bengaluru matching the national capital region in terms of host venues.
The ILGW is being supported by as many as five Golf industry bodies led by the Golf Industry Association as well as star Asian Tour professionals like Gaganjeet Bhullar and Rahil Gangjee among others.
The ILGW will aim to initiate 20,000 new golfers to the game, making it the largest such initiative to infuse new talent into the sport at one go. The national capital region, according to Johl, should be able to initiate more than 10% of that number ‘at the very least’.
The ILGW will aim to attract 100,000 new golfers over a period of five years.
India Learn Golf Week: How it will play out
Participating clubs will assign three to five coaches for each of the seven days to deliver introductory golfing lessons from curricula approved by the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of America. Each coach will have five students in a session and will conduct five sessions in a day.
The ILGW will be open to all interested.
For online registration you can click on: www.totalgolfhub.com/events/ilgw
Golf has seen considerable growth in the country in recent times with international successes and inclusion in the Olympic games, helping to raise the profile of the game considerably. At the moment, there are about 300 professional golfers who play under the Indian flag at various levels.
Mr. Devang D. Shah, President, GIA
All the Industry bodies have had a plan to work together for a while now and we are glad that the India Learn Golf Week has given us this opportunity finally. I hope that we can make it a big success. We are trying to build this proposition as a strong base for finding golfing talent in India.
Wg. Cdr. Satish Aparajit, President, IGU
There has been overwhelming response to the Golf Week from across the country and we are now working to exceed the target. I think with the success of players like Anirban, SSP, Aditi and Ganganjeet in recent times, the excitement around the sport is at an all time high. The ILGW will be a great opportunity for youngsters to ride this wave and bring glory to the country.