Upgrade plans for Gaekwad course


Upgrade plans for Gaekwad course
Sean Dudley

One of India’s most unusual golf courses is in line for a significant expansion.

The ten hole Baroda Gaekwad course was built in the 1930s by the Maharaja Pratapsinh Gaekwad, in the grounds of the massive Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara. In the 1990s, Pratapsinh’s grandson Samarjitsinh renovated the course and opened it to the public. Now the president of the Baroda Gaekwad Golf Club, Samarjitsinh wants to expand the course to eighteen holes, and to bring international golf tournaments to Vadodara.

Gaekwad told the Times of India: “It is my dream to design a quality course and host international golf tournaments at our club. It will take at least one year to add another eight holes to the existing course. We are in process of designing an 18-hole golf course of international quality. It is in a preliminary stage as I am yet to finalise the architect who will design the course. I have met quite a few architects and a concrete plan will be ready in couple of months.”