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Shillong Golf Course to get facelift as Meghalaya boosts safe tourism

As Meghalaya Government focuses on promoting safe tourism, post COVID19 pandemic, state administration is set to bring in an array of measures. To begin with the state government has recently launched a tourism website called – ‘Check into Nature’.

Shillong Golf Club

The website focuses on the tourism spots of Meghalaya including the legendary Shillong Golf Course. The government plans to showcase the golf course ‘an album of tourist attraction’ and as a part of this plan, Art and Culture Minister, AL Hek, recently met Union Minister for Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel and submitted a proposal.

An album of tourist attraction

Meghalaya government has sought special financial assistance from the centre to promote tourism through development of the celebrated golf course. Arts and Culture Minister, AL Hek, met Union Minister for Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel and sought assistance from the Union Minister to give special consideration about developing and expanding the time honoured golf course.

Speaking about the visit, Hek said, “The Government has submitted a formal proposal to the centre for creating children’s park, food courts and public utilities to transform the golf course into ‘an album of tourist attraction’.

“We believe that in the post-COVID19 period, Meghalaya is going to witness great tourist footfalls. Besides, we have also discussed the importance of giving Shillong a facelift, in view of the National Games to be held in the city in 2022,” he added.

Arts and Culture Minister, AL Hek

Shillong golf course

Nestled amidst the pine groves and rhododendron trees at an altitude of 5,200 ft above sea level, is the glorious golf course of Shillong, also known as Gleneagles of the East. Golf was introduced in Shillong in 1898 by a group of British civil service officers who constructed a 9-hole course. However, the present 18-hole course was inaugurated in 1924. Resplendent with nature’s bounty, the golf course bewitches players and onlookers alike. A stroll through the trees with birds chirping to bliss fills the heart with sublime melody.

The Shillong Golf Course boasts of being the second largest natural golf course of Asia and holds annual tournaments where golfers from around the country congregate to display their skills. The Shillong Golf Club, which stands near the 18th hole of the course, is an attraction in itself, displaying Assam’s traditional architecture at its best.

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