The one reason most people enjoy golf is that it allows them to enjoy the local breeze. The golf courses of Nepal allow you to be enamored by the beauty of this pristine country. This small country has a lot to offer including no mean golf game. They have a number of notable golf courses where you can explore the true nature of their flora and fauna. Look down upon the edge of the world while teeing up on these competitive courses. If you are traveling light, ditch the laser rangefinders for lightweight golf GPS watches which also double as time-telling devices. Garmin has some of the most extensive golf course databases, so you might find the Nepal courses here.
We found the following golf courses of note for a memorable golf stint in Nepal:
Royal Nepal Golf Club
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This golf course in Nepal finds its humble beginning as the Gauchar Golf Course. In time it received patronage from King Mahendra and was renamed Royal Nepal Golf Club. The course moved 4 kms away from the Tribhuvan International airport. This is a 9-hole golf course. The new course under royal designation started off as a 6-hole course and expanded into a 9-hole course in time. Its founding members include then SP Khadga Jeet Baral and tennis champion Hem Lama. The original course was built on greens made out of sand and oil. The modern course uses Bermuda grass. It is said to be one of the oldest courses in Asia going back to its origin in 1829.
The club holds a number of high profile national golf tournaments including the Nepal Open golf tournament. Its view of the Himalayas makes it all the more alluring. The green fees are under $50. The course is open the entire year. It has an adjacent clubhouse and a pro-shop. The local monkeys play spectators to your game. They steal away your golf balls if they look too shiny. During the 2015 earthquake, the course housed refugees and provided relief.
The proximity to Kathmandu gives you access to a number of tourist destinations. These include the Boudhanath Stupa, Kopan Monastery, Sankhu Village, Garden of Dreams, Hanuman Dhoka etc.. There are hiking activities at Nagarkot. You also get a peek at the Langtang Mountains from this course.
Gokarna Forest Golf Club
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The Gokarna Forest Golf course was designed by David McLay Kidd in 1999. It’s an 18-hole course set to view the majestic Himalayan Mountains. It is the first to stack 18 holes as RNGC carries only 9 holes. It is the namesake of the 470-acre Gokarna forest through which the course winds. This used to be the hunting estate of the royal family. The trees in the forest sate back 200 years. You can hear 60 different varieties of birds calling out to your shots. This golf course has the only Bent Grass Greens in Asia.
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This golf course is maintained just like any other international course. It ranges up to 6755 yards with 4 sets of tees. It hosts the Surya Nepal Masters. The first four holes wind through the forest and open up to the plains of Bhagmati river. From there the landscape changes completely. The 8th hole is a rare wonder, a par-3 running 225 yards. It is guarded by a number of streams. In the evening, white spotted deer come out to watch you play. You might even catch a sight of the Indian Flying Fox.
This golf course is adjacent to a 100-room hotel and a spa.
Himalayan Golf Club, Pokhara
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The Himalayan Golf club offers the true testament to the chaotic and picturesque nature of Nepal. It is a unique experience to play at this course. Designed by an ex-British army office Ram Gurung, this course plays host to the Nepal Surya Western Open. It is an 18-hole course laid down on a 6100-yard stretch, only one of the two such courses in Nepal. It is 7kms from Pokhara, so you can get all your essential supplies there. While you are at it, you can also try paragliding at Pokhara. The course is housed in a canyon formed by the Bijapur river. The Riverlands washed down by the force of this river holds many challenges for the golfer.
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A drop-dead gorge is cleverly woven into the hole-placement at the Himalayan golf course. The third hole starts testing your grit in a downhill march. Along the way, you see the plant and animal life sustained by the Himalayas and the Bijayapur river. The 6th hole is the only natural river island hole in the world. The course has made its mark through popular media in many movies. You can enjoy these wonders all year round. There’s a clubhouse and pro-shop for the guest players.
Yeti's Golf Course
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The Yeti’s golf course is a part of the Fulbari Resort and spa in Nepal. This is a 9-hole premium golf course nestled in the wondrous sights. You will be playing off the edge of the world right down to the Seti River with a view of the snow-capped Himalayan mountains. All the 9 holes will make you work, just as 18 holes do. The greens are designed to be small and the fairways are deliberately narrow. The Seti gorge has been built into the layout of the course to test your practice.
You can stay at the Fulbari resort attached to the Yeti's golf course. There’s a pro shop and a clubhouse to service the golfers here. Just visiting the resort is an experience of the lifetime.
Nirvana Country Club Health and Golf Resort
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For leisurely golfers in Nepal, the Nirvana golf course would be a nice respite. It has been showered with attention from the favorite British Royals, Princess Diana and Prince Charles. The 18-hole golf course is within the driving distance of Biratnagar airport. It has full resort built around it with private cabins, yoga, meditation, restaurants etc.. There are day-trips to Koshi Tappu Wild Life Reserve where you get to view exotic birds, both rare and endangered.