Yak Golf Course - Complete Tour and Travel Guide
Indian & Chinese
The Yak Golf Course in the Silk Route region of Sikkim, at 13025 feet above sea level, is the world’s highest golf course, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The Yak Golf Course, which opened in 1972, was given its first makeover in 1979 by Brigadier J M Singh. Under Brigadier Ranbir Singh and Col. T K Murali, it was transformed into an 18-hole golf course. The Indian Army manages the golf club, which has been a member of the Indian Golfers Union since 1992.
Playing golf at an altitude of around 13025 feet above sea level is one of the thrilling things to do here. However, it will not be easy to play golf at such a high altitude as the air keeps getting thinner once you reach a higher altitude above 10000 feet. Due to the thin air with less Oxygen, you can experience nausea, headache, and dizziness while playing golf. Playing golf at such a high altitude above 13000 feet and in the lap of Mother Nature is going to provide a unique experience for sure. However, to play golf here, you need to acquire permission from the Indian army as the land is owned by the Indian Government.
Sightseeing Attractions near Yak Golf Course
Kupup Lake just around 1.7 km driving distance away is a major attraction nearby. The altitude of the lake is around 13,066 feet and due to its resemblance to an elephant, it is also popularly known as Elephant Lake. The bewitching view of the Himalayan Peaks and the deep blue water of the lake are what attract people to it. You can easily visit the lake from Yak Golf Course as it is a journey of just around 10 minutes. From Yak Golf Course, you can visit many other popular tourist attractions including Menmecho Lake, Old Baba Mandir, and Tukla Valley.
How to Reach the Yak Golf Course
By Air: Even though Pakyong Airport is the nearest airport to this golf course, it is not yet operational. Hence, you have to board a flight to Bagdogra Aiport. From Bagdogra, you need to go for a rented car. The approximate distance from Bagdogra Airport to Yak Golf Course is 181 km.
By Train: NJP or the New Jalpaiguri Junction is the closest railway station. As it is well connected with all the major cities, you will not find it hard to board a train to this station. Once you reach here, a rented car is the only option to go to Yak Golf Course. The approximate distance from NJP to Yak Golf Course is 175 km.
By Road: From Siliguri or any other nearby cities such as Siliguri or Gangtok, you can quite comfortably reach Yak Golf Course. From Siliguri, the distance you have to cover is around 170 km. However, from Gangtok, you have to only cover around 57 km of driving distance.
Best Time to Visit Yak Golf Course
The golf course is open year-round if the weather is permitting. The months of May to December are ideal to visit the Golf Course. Snow would only cover a small portion of the fairways and greens. The course features challenging fairways that weave across rushing mountain creeks. The golfers’ golfing skills and physical endurance will be put to the test on Yak Golf Course.
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