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Gary Player Design’s Latest Project in India Moves Ahead
Mar 5, 2012 | Filed Under: General NewsGolf Course Design
Construction on Gary Player Design’s latest project in India at the DLF Golf & Country Club in Gurgaon, just outside of New Delhi, is well underway with the course expected to officially open in the Spring of 2013.
With the launch of the new course, DLF Golf & Country Club is expected to raise the benchmark for golf facilities in India. The course will be a scenic parkland design with dramatic landscape enhanced by ambient lighting and will feature an island green. In use, will be state-of-the-art ‘Sub Air Systems’ for Mini Verde, considered one of the best green surfaces in the world.
“We think that this course will set a new standard in India. Our plans for water features and landscaping within a traditional golf layout are very elaborate and will provide a nice contrast to the existing course.”
“I have had a delightful time in India over the past couple of days, and I am so pleased with the progress of our first project here. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such an esteemed group as DLF. We share a deep interest in quality, and they are dedicating the resources to create something really special,” said Gary Player
Mr. Aakash Ohri, Director, DLF Golf Resorts Ltd. commented “Apart from having dramatic landscape that Gary Player designed courses are known for, this new course will use the most advanced technology for Golf Course Construction prevalent in the world. As always, DLF is committed to green, environment-friendly development. In addition to planting thousands of trees across the course, there will be a lake fed with treated water from our own sewage treatment plant, which will also be used to irrigate the course.”
Gurgaon is an example of just how much of an impact India has had on the globalization of business over the past 25 years. During the 1990’s Delhi was becoming severely overcrowded and the need to build “satellite cities” emerged. Given Gurgaon’s proximity to Delhi and the Delhi International Airport and the large swaths of undeveloped farm land it became an obvious expansion target. The Indian government reformed tax laws to encourage investment and in 1997 GE became the first major corporation to locate a portion of its corporate operations in Guragon. DLF founder KP Singh was at the forefront of Gurgaon’s development and he famously took the advice of GE’s CEO Jack Welsh to build the largest “corporate backroom” in India. Other global corporations soon followed and today Gurgaon is one of the most important financial hubs in India as well as one of the largest outsourcing cities in the world.