Kashmir to get golf management body

February 2nd, 2012 - 11:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Jammu, Feb 2 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir’s tourism department will constitute a Golf Management Authority to showcase and oversee the golf courses in the state, officials said Thursday.

Tourism department official said Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, in a meeting Thursday, said the creation of a golf circuit in the state would help rope in national and international golfers and also boost tourism.

Omar said the completion and inauguration of golf courses at Pahalgam and Gulmarg (Kashmir) and Sidhra (Jammu) and development of a course at Leh would attract golfers.

There is already an 18-hole international standard golf course, Royal Spring, in Srinagar.

Chairing the first governing body meeting of Jammu Tawi Golf Course (JTGC) here, the chief minister also approved release of Rs.3 crore for the upgrade of the 9-hole Sidhra Golf Course to an 18-hole venue.

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