New Delhi: In a move to make the sport of Golf more broad based and accessible to all sections of society, Delhi Golf Club (DGC), has announced its association with the Jindal Stainless Foundation (JSF) to facilitate mainstreaming and adoption of golf, which is now an Olympic sport.
The JSF grant will be used for two-pronged support. The first initiative aims at providing golf training to caddies’ children, staff, and other sportspersons, who are striving to upskill themselves, to promote golf as an attractive and a remunerative sport. The other initiative will focus on upgradation and maintenance of Green complexes at DGC. Commenting on the development, Chairperson, JSF, Ms Deepika Jindal said,
“Golf is a growing sport in India; however, accessibility to this sport remains a challenge for aspiring golfers. There is tremendous interest for this game among youth. With this initiative, we want to enable talented and aspiring players. Such opportunities will help bring down the entry barrier to this sport, which currently is a detrimental factor for golf’s growth in the country.”
Collaboration and support from organisations like JSF will help materialise DGC’s plan for upgrading its infrastructure. DGC has on-boarded the renowned golf course architecture firm, Gary Player Design for the remodelling project and its golf course is slated to re-open in end of 2019, post renovation.
Sharing his view on this partnership, President, DGC, R S Bedi said, “The new greens and the surrounding complexes will make DGC as one of the best golf courses in the country. The new model of the golf course will present more challenging playing conditions and will be a nurturing ground for budding golfers across all sections of the society. I am confident that DGC will now be able to bring up a new crop of talented future professionals.”
India has produced a number of professional golfers who started their careers as caddies. SSP Chowrasia, C Muniyappa, Rohtash Singh, and Ali Sher are among them. Appropriate resources for training will encourage more and more caddies and aspiring youth to take up the game.