Although most of the people do not consider Nepal as a golfing nation, there are, as a matter of fact, more than three golf courses in the country. The balmy climate of the country not only makes playing golf an enjoyable experience but the scenic and rugged settings of the country also provide a spectacular backdrop for your game. For those who do not know, Nepal also organizes series of championship on its golf courses every year. The golf courses in Nepal vary from nine to eighteen holes and one can enjoy golf here whenever they want.
According to historians, some Rana ministers brought along golf clubs and accessories when they returned home from Scotland nearly a century ago. They started playing golf in Gaucharan (or pastureland for cow) where the Tribhuvan International Airport is currently located. The golf course had to be shortened as the pastureland was developed into an international airport. The golf course, now owned by Royal Nepal Golf Club (RNGC), was developed into an international standard 9-hole course in 1986. Nepal has seven golf courses, including a private golf course on the Chaudhary Industrial Village premises in Nawalparasi district, which making golfing in Nepal a memorable experience. There are three golf courses in Kathmandu – RNGC Course, Gokarna Forest Golf Resort and Tribhuvan Army Officers’ Golf Course, two in Pokhara – Yeti’s Golf Course in Fulbari Resort & Spa and Himalayan Golf Course, and one in Dharan – Nirvana Country Club. However, only six of them are open for the general public excluding Tribhuvan Army Officers’ Golf course. Lying close to the heart of Kathmandu City, Gokarna Forest Golf Course is one of the finest in South Asia. Set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Himalayas, the course is sprawled over 470 acres of land in the finely preserved Gokarna Forest.
Golfing accessories are easily available in Kathmandu. Similarly, golf courses in Nepal have golfing equipment of high quality.