Lucknow Golf Club. Pic: Courtesy: www.https://www.lgc.in/
Lucknow: Lucknow will join an elite group of. cities that are hosting an Golf League, as the Awadh Golf League was announced at the Lucknow Golf Club. The Awadh Golf League will be held from February 9.
The league will be held for four weeks and the matches will be held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Some of the other cities which have The Golf Premier League have been Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi and Bengaluru.
The Awadh Golf League will be supported by the Halwasiya group, a real estate group, in Lucknow.
The league will be run by a Sports Management company, BDMS, which is led by former pro and coach, Brandon De Souza.
As per a new report in the Times of India from Lucknow, Lucknow Golf Club captain Adesh Seth the league not only brings to the fore a new idea, but will also promote golf among youngsters.
The details of the format and teams will be announced soon.
About Lucknow Golf Club
The Lucknow Golf Club is situated between “Martinpurva” – a village named after the French adventurist Major General Claude Martin (the founder of La Martiniere College at Lucknow, Kolkata and Lyons in France) on one side and ‘Kalidas Marg’ (the official residence of the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh) on the other side.
The residence of Major General Claude Martin, Constantia can be seen from each corner of the golf course. This Course is the only civilian golf course east of greater Delhi and west of Metropolitan Calcutta worth its fairways and greens.
There is no documented proof of the precise date when the Lucknow Golf Course was laid out.
Most probably golf came to Lucknow at the turn of the 19th century sometime after it was introduced in Calcutta and definitely before it was played in Delhi.
During pre-independence days, the golf course was a part of the United Services Club that was housed at ‘Chhatar Manzil’ (the state headquarters of the Nawab Wazirs till 1856 which now houses the Central Drug Research Institute.) Old timers recall the course having 9 to 12 greens with ropes thrown around to ward off stray cattle.
At that time river `Dhenumati’ (now known as Gomti) was a vibrant clean flowing river noted for fish, fowl and pearls. In such idyllic surroundings the white sahibs wielded Brassie (fairway woods) and Niblicks (wedges) while their `Madam Sahibs’ trotted up and down in riding breeches on what has since become Kalidas Marg.