Gallery2-The very old ( locals say its over 100 years old) Naga temple on the course , which is where the name Naldhera comes from supposedly
Gallery3-The clubhouse at Naldhera
Gallery4-The early morning sun peeps out over the Naldhera course
Gallery5-View from the 9th green . Small errors on this course get compounded & your patience will be tested
Gallery6- Four of the 9 holes have blind tee offs making your tee offs a test of nerves .Helps to have blind faith in your caddy too
About this course
In 1905, the Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon became so captivated with the beauty of Naldehra, a place 22 kilometers from him summer capital Shimla, that he would often come and camp here for days on end. It was probably for the memory oh his stay here, that he named his third daughter ‘Alexander Naldehra’ & it was on his favorite camping site that he established what today is one of the oldest & most scenic golf courses in the country.The course boasts of considerable character with wide views of the Himalayas, surrounded by thick woods & comes complete with an ancient temple by the greens, built in traditional style.
The Naldehra Golf Club is an unusual course, perched at an altitude of 2,200 meters; under a thick mane of Himalayan Cedar ; “Deodar Trees”. It is a par 68, 18 Hole Golf Course with 16 Greens and 18 Tees. Designed over a long sloping glade, the course is regarded as one of the most challenging in the Country.
It was originally a nine hole course with the same greens repeated on the back nine with different tees. But as time passed, the management felt the need of adding a little more diversity to the course, which they did by relaying it and adding a few more greens and respective tees without challenging the natural topography. This effort was fruitful as the design of the course turned out to be unique as compared to other courses you would come across. But nevertheless it offers exploring golfers a sense of originality, character and adventure all rolled into a round of golf. From the players perspective the challenge and experience offered by the Naldehra Golf Club is as rare as they would come, definitely an experience all golfers must endure at least once in a lifetime if not more.
Essentially this golf course is divided into two parts by a passing road. This road is the only way local people can commute to Shimla and other neighboring towns and villages. As a result it is a common sight to see golfers hit across the road, above tall pine trees over a ravine and up sharp slopes to reach various greens, which is part of this unique design. Being a Par 68 course, it is not long by any standards but is characterized by a large amount of slopes, elevated greens and tees and surrounded by thick woods. These are not the only hurdles that golfers have to contend with while playing on this course. The out-of-bounds factor looms large on their minds while playing here as there is virtually an out-of-bounds on every hole along with the laborious walks over the hill that leaves one gasping for breath every now and then. Certainly, one has to be prepared not just for a golfing test while playing on this course but a physical test as well. The course is open throughout the year. The perfect season for golfing in Naldehra is from April to October and the best golfing months are the monsoon ones- July, August and September when the naturally watered turf is rich and springy and the yardage increases.