A GOLFING HIGH AT POKHARA'S HIMALAYAN GOLF COURSE
Pokhara maybe well known for it's awe-inspiring mountain scenery but a great many golfers are now discovering that if you want a real golfing high , The Himalayan Golf Course, Pokhara is the place to head for in Nepal. It’s a must for the golfing connoisseur.
Adventure golf at its truest, the course’s includes some of the most visually dynamic holes known to golf.
Himalayan Golf Course has certainly been very successful in putting Pokhara in the golfer's map. The course was designed and constructed by an Ex British Army Sandhurst commissioned officer Major Ram Gurung MBE , and opened for play in January 1998. The course has been the venue for the Nepal Surya Western (professional) Open for the past seven years.
Located just seven kms. away from downtown Pokhara, the twice played 9 hole course is well laid out for championships at 6,900 yards with a par of 73. It has 11 greens and different tee positions and lies for the most part inside a sweeping canyon created by the Himalayan snowed waters of the Bijayapur river.
Framed by the towering the Annapurna range, cattle and buffalo roam freely providing most of the grass mowing.
The course wanders through aerial cliff drops of hundreds of feet down to the signature island hole within the either tranquil or raging Bijayapur river, full of exposed boulders washed down over centuries from the towering mountains above.
Play on the 1st and 2nd holes at the HGC Pokhara's inaugural course is fairly straightforward as these par 4's are laid out on relatively level ground on each side of the clubhouse.
Your baptism to the truly unique character of this course comes when you step up to the 3rd tee to be confronted with a flawless panorama which encompasses the magnificent Fishtail and Annapurna mountain range. Below your elevated tee you see and hear the meandering Bijayapur Himalayan river some 300 feet below, sheer canyon walls dotted with eagle's nests, waterfalls which burst into life during the monsoon and a barely perceptible flag. Some 300 yards distant and 90 feet below, this small triangular piece of fabric marks the place where your ball should end up after only four strokes.
There is no other experience that duplicates or even comes close to the thrill of teeing off on the 3rd. However this takes nothing away from the sensation of successfully landing your ball on the 5th green, which is known to be the only natural river island hole in the world and recently nominated by leading golf course architects as one of the most unique hole in the World [click here]. Watching the pros victoriously blasting their second shot to the par five, 7th green in the middle of Bijayapur river, leaves one in fascinated awe.
The course has been featured in many international magazines including the ‘Golf World’, movies and travel films. Some of the comments from the club's visitors book are noteworthy:
"The most beautiful and dramatic golf course in the world"
"If God had to choose a golf course to play: This would be it"
"Fantastic. What an experience"
Without a doubt, Asia's most amazing golf course.
Green Fees 9 holes 18 holes }
Weekday US$35 US$45 Greenfee, Club's hire, a Caddy
Weekend US$35 US$45
Public Holidays US$35 US$45
Ball Boy US$2
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Yeti's Golf Course
The Fulbari Resort & Spa is the only property in Pohkara to have its own golf course, The Yeti’s Golf Course. It is a 9 Hole Executive Golf Course, designed to be Nepal’s most iconic and unique course that challenges not only amateurs but even pros. Overlooking the Seti River gorge, players not only have to navigate the usual water hazards and sand traps, but also the 300 ft. gorges that intersect some holes.
One needs 1 hour and 30 minutes to finish the first round of the holes. Sounds easy? But wait! It's quite difficult because of the deliberate small greens, narrow fairways and closed out-of bound (O/B) fenced with surrounding water ponds. Although only 9 holes the use of alternate tees, greens, and pin positions, gives the feeling of playing a full 18 hole layout. The location is spectacular and a number of the tee shots across the Seti Gorge will mentally challenge even the very best golfer. But the area is tranquil, the views of the Himalayas to the north, and the Seti River far below, stunning, and by the 19th hole you really will have earned your refreshment.
The course is playable year-round and has a Club House with a pro-shop. Golfers can avail themselves with the luxuries of the Fulbari Resort & Spa, attached to the golf course.
It also has the Club House offering a Coffee shop and a bar, and a small pro-shop selling golf amenities.
Club membership for local and overseas golfers is also available. Membership of the club allows discounts for spouses and guests at other facilities and outlets in the Resort.