JK Emerging As Promising Golf Destination: Omar

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Srinagar – Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Monday said that Jammu and Kashmir was emerging as one of the promising destination for golfers.

Addressing a gathering at the prize distribution function of Sher-i-Kashmir Golf Tournament at Royal Springs Golf Course, he said the golfers can enjoy playing golf in different geographical conditions and destinations within the State. “The completion of golf course at Leh next year would provide classic 18-hole golf courses to the game lovers. Similarly there are courses at Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Leh and Jammu where the golf loving people can enjoy the game,” he added.

He said that the Royal Spring Golf Course founded by Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah has earned name and fame for its best course and beauty.

He emphasized on organizing tournaments that would provide opportunity to golfers to play at all these destinations.

The Chief Minister said the restoration of peace in the State has encouraged tourism activities and this year more successful tourism season is being witnessed in Jammu and Kashmir. “This has helped to generate wide-ranging economic activities in the State and focus should be laid on developing the infrastructure for adventure tourism,” he said.

He emphasized on capacity building in youth in tourism sector so that they could utilize this economically viable area for venturing upon and earning their respectable livelihood.

Minister for Tourism, Nawang Rigzin Jora and Lt. Governor Delhi, Tejender Khanna who also participated in the tournament were present on the occasion.

The tournament was organized by the Tourism Department and over 70 participants from the India and the state participated in the tournament.

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