Working hand in hand with the Central Government of India, FirstGolf is to begin to lay out simple, economic, compact facilities linked to a nationwide vocational training initiative for young people throughout the land.
The initial FirstGolf Training Centre will commence its construction in Bangalore this month with a second to follow almost immediately at the Kolar Gold Fields, one hour east of the State’s capital.
Each project’s design will feature a 3 hole course, each with 3 tees, a putting, chipping and bunker academy as well as a pavilion. The golf facilities will be accompanied by a machinery workshop and horticultural / turf nursery.
The Central Government, through their Skills Development Programme, will begin modular training courses covering ‘on the course operations’ – mechanics and machinery; water management and irrigation; turf, horticulture and the natural environment – and ‘in-house operations’ – front of house; food and beverage; service – and ‘related to play’ – caddying; coaching and retail.
Practical training will be given on the golf course and practice facilities, and in the pavilion.
True to the principles of FirstGolf, the centres will be open for public play and it is anticipated that a professional management team will run the centres, and provide golf tuition also.
The Government is contemplating developing 600 of these centres throughout India and in February 2010, at the launch of the initial two, it will host a conference in Bangalore on Vocational Training and its link to FirstGolf.
FirstGolf Limited www.firstgolfcourses.com
In each month and year listed below every article that has ever appeared in golfbusinessnews is reproduced in reverse date order.