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Thursday, April 02, 2009

World's Highest Golf Course at Kupup, East Sikkim











I had been wanting to visit this place for a very long time but it never happened until last month and yes i was there at the world's highest golf course. Situated at the height at of 13,025 from the sea level this Yak Golf Course in Kupup in East Sikkim do features in Guinness Book of World Records on 10 October, 2006.

I found more information about the Golf Course from armyzonegolf.com which i would like to share off:

YAK GOLF COURSE

Brief History

The ‘Yak Golf Course’ was started on 19 Sep 1972 at Kupup. The course was re-designed in 1979 by Brig JM Singh, Cdr 164 Mtn Bde and since then it has been developed into one of the finest by Avid Golf Lovers. As on date under the guidance of Brig Ranbir Singh, Cdr 63 Mtn Bde and Col T K Murali, Dy Cdr 63 Mtn Bde the course is been redesigned and expanded to 18 holes.

Kupup, located at an Altitude of 13,054 feet above mean sea level in East Sikkim boasts of a eighteen hole golf course ‘The Yak Golf Course’ which is the highest in the world. It rivals the very best for its beauty and picturesque surroundings.

The Yak Golf Course managed by the Indian Army is Affiliated to the Indian Golfers Union since 1992. Our IGU Membership No is 0245 (E). The course is open to golfers round the year subject to snow conditions. However, it is generally playable from May to Dec. The course has challenging fairways meandering across mountain streams in their full flow and teasing browns which test the golfing skills of one and all.

Getting There

Nearest Airport is Bagdogra (WB) and the Nearest Railway Station is New Jalpaiguri (WB). From Bagdogra/New Jalpaiguri/Siliguri it is a three hour drive by road to Gangtok, from where it takes about two hours by road to reach Kupup.

Facilities

The club is open seven days a week. During winter, the golf course remains active with ‘Ice Hockey’, ‘Ice Skating’ and ‘Skiing’ being the main attractions. Besides these there is a Croquet Course and facility to play Baseball within the club.
Course

The World’s Highest playing 18 Hole course, with meandering streams traversing the course, and the mighty Himalayas in the background.

Yards/Holes/Bunkers

The Golf Course is spread over 4,978 yards with 18 holes on 18 browns and numerous bunkers.

Fairways/No of Hazards/Local Rules

The fairways are lush green with natural streams and ponds as hazards, which makes the game interesting and challenging. Due to the natural lay of the ground, preferred lie is permitted to avoid damage to the clubs as well as to complete the course within the given score of 72.






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When i started my blog on Sikkim way back in 2007, i had it clear on my mind that this blog shall help people look out for knowledge on Sikkim. I always wanted a knowledge house about Sikkim, its past, present and future. I do not know over the years how much did i succeed but my determination to let other understand my Sikkim is always giving me a push. with regards Shital Pradhan (himalayanreview@gmail.com)

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