Golf is a game associated with the well-heeled. It is an affluent sport, but is a tremendous pastime and source of great pleasure. However despite its affluent status, Golf is gaining in popularity in India. Thus even in the heart of the Thar Desert at Barmer you can play a game of golf. Barmer is also the largest district in India and is easily accessible from Jodhpur.
The BSF Golf Course
It houses the BSF ( Border Security Force)battalion and also an Air Force base. The air force base is located at Utterlai about 12 km from Barmer and the golf course.Barmer is located among the sand dunes and one can’t think of a conventional golf course here.
The BSF maintains an excellent golf course in the desert. There are no greens and these have been replaced by oiled sand. This is extremely fine sand that is sprayed with motor oil.This serves the same purpose as the greens and is a peculiarity of the desert. The Barmer Golf course is a 9 hole course spreadover distances that measure to international standards. The course is well maintained by the BSF jawans and I have had the privilege of playing on this course many a time during my posting at the Air Force base at Uttarlai.
Playing at Barmar
However you will have to bring your own golfing equipment and golf balls and even your own caddy to lug your sets around. You will have to play carefully as the ball has a tendency to go inside the many burrows that abound on the course. This is again a peculiarity of the desert as burrowing animals abound here.The course itself is tough and you will have to play with discipline. But all in all playing golf in this remote place is something to be treasured for decades to come. I for one look forward to play Golf again at Barmer. It would be great to tee off again.