Aivot Golf & Sports Management, a new entity focused on land acquisition, recreational sports management and the creation of hotel and residential developments across India, has hired Lobb + Partners to design multiple golf facilities in the country.
The new partnership, which was formalised at PGA Frisco in Texas, follows Aivot Golf’s agreement with the PGA of America that aims to elevate golf in India through the creation of golf courses, academies as well as hotels and residential amenities.
“This is massively exciting for Indian golf, and we are overjoyed to be involved,” said Tim Lobb.
The golf facilities designed by Lobb + Partners will be PGA-branded and located in a range of major cities in the country, including Mumbai, Pune, Goa, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Chandigarh and Lucknow. A mix of courses, academies and training centres are planned, with Mumbai, Goa and Hyderabad slated to kick off first.
“The Goa project will be a resort – ideal for an area that is a major tourist destination – but some of the others, nearer to major cities, will be integrated golf communities,” said Lobb. “Aivot is a very forward thinking and talented group aiming to achieve something new for golf in India.”
Aivot’s CEO Alok Tiwari said: “Our plans are hugely ambitious – we are trying to create a hub for innovation and excellence in golfer development for India. As such, we naturally need partners who provide the absolute best quality support available, and we are confident that, in the PGA of America and Lobb + Partners, we have just that.”