|Yak golf course-highest in the world (13,054 feet), Sikkim Silk Route|
|Himalayan Yak, Sikkim. Proud to be a Sikkimese|
Golf is not a popular past time in India. Here the general consensus has been that only the rich and famous play it as the club subscriptions are way high even for upper middle class people. There are more than 100 golf courses across India and most of them are in the north. Famous ones lie in the foot hills of the Himalayas.
|Yak Golf Course,Sikkim, India - highest Golf Course in the worldindroyc.com|
|Yak golf course-highest in the world (13,054 feet), Sikkim. Golfgaga|
In the US there are many Golf courses above 8500 feet in Colorado state. A 9-hole course in Leadville being the highest course (9680 feet above msl) in North America.
Presently, The Yak Golf Course at at Kupup, located at an Altitude of 13,054 feet above msl in East Sikkim, India boasts of a eighteen hole golf course and is adjudged as the the highest in the world by Guinness Book of World Records.
The credit goes to three Indian Army Officers Brig JM Singh, Brig Ranbir Singh, and Col T K Murali who were instrumental in reshaping, redesigning into one of the finest Golf courses in the world. The golf club is being managed by the Indian Army and has been affiliated to the Indian Golfers Union since 1992.
The golf course is open year round, subject to snow conditions. Suitable period is May to December. The fairways and greens would not be much covered by snow. The course has difficult fairways meandering across mountain streams in their full flow. The course will test the golfing skills and the physical endurance of the golfers.
As the air thins out at higher altitude above 10000 feet and less oxygen is available, it's not that easy to play golf comfortably at such dizzy height as you would play at levels below 5000 feet. Despite your robust health, unless you get acclimatized to the weather condition at higher elevation, it is a risky business. Golfers may experience headaches, nausea, edema and dizziness while teeing off
01. Furnace Creek Golf Course, Death Valley, California, USA is the world's lowest elevation golf course at 215 feet (66m) below sea level. It is one of the hottest areas in the world.
02. Royal Golf Club of Kolkata (Calcutta) is the oldest Golf course in India and Britain. Established by the British far before the take over of East India company by the British Crown in 1857.