Posted on February 15, 2010
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20 responses to “Golf in Pakistan: A Well-Kept Secret”

  1. Aman Syed says:

    Firstly i would like to congratulate you for the lovely article posted. Seconldy i had a question ‘Are there new golf courses being built in Pakistan if yes where.
    thanks & regards
    aman

  2. Ch Inayat says:

    Excellent post. We need to make more info like this available

  3. Many of the middle eastern nations are really coming out of the dark now with their rising wealth, more and more people are looking to them for vacations.

  4. Imran says:

    This is in response to the question regarding Karachi Golf Club being the oldest. If you go to their web site they claim to be over hundered years old.

    http://www.karachigolf.com.pk/brief_history/

    My recollection is the golf course was its browns for greens and cactus in the roughs. I asked my father to shed some light on the subject. His response is below.

    “I am not sure about Karachi Golf Club being the oldest in Pakistan. Main course was in front of PAF Drigh Road Officers Mess on military land. On partition it was still a 9 hole course with brown putting greens or should these be known as brown greens. PNS Karsaz took a big bite off this land thereby squeezing the course. It remained so till mid sixties when Air Marshal Asghar on becoming PIA Chief, had the course enlarged to 18 holes, and using sewerage water turned into a green course as long as one did not go off the fairways.

    In Karachi there were two more golf courses, one at Karachi Country Club having Karachi Flying Club landing ground next to it; and the other at Korangi Ceek being hub of air travel with BOAC flying boats operating through here to far east, Australia, New Zealand, etc. These airplanes were the air travel mainstay in thirties and forties. Hutted accommodation were built there for passengers and airline staff, offices, warehouses etc. This course continued after partition for a few more years. Its marker Shanti Lal a Hindu of Bombay, came to coach us at Risalpur in sixties. Knew lots of golf fancy shots like getting a ball buried in bunker by swiping on top of it with the driver, popping the ball out of an open drain by banging behind it with a wood, etc. “

  5. Farhan says:

    Nice attempt

    I think such articles are important in giving golf lovers outside a view of what is available in Pakistan but also of encouraging more Pakistanis to take this up.