The Gaekwad Baroda Golf Club, Vadodara
Established in the early 1990s, the Gaekwad Baroda Golf Club is the only private golf course in and around Vadodara. But more than that, it has earned the reputation of being one of the most prestigious clubs in Gujarat. This premier club was founded by the erstwhile royal family of Baroda. Befittingly, the Lukshmi Villas Palace makes a gogeous backdrop Vilas Palace, an extravagant building, was built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in 1890. It remains the residence of the royal family, who continue to be held in high esteem by the residents of Vadodara. In the 1990s Ranjitsinh Pratapsinh Gaekwad’s grandson Samartjitsinh, a former Ranji trophy cricket player, renovated the course and opened it to the public.
Course has an inimitable heritage appeal. The lush expansive greens are home to flitting peacocks amidst age-old tamarind and neem trees. It is regarded as one of the most picturesque golf courses in Gujarat. It is also a course that all golfers from novice to
experienced will truly enjoy. Designed and developed by Ranjit Nanda, a former Indian amateur golfer and international design consultant, and Associates, the golf course is truly world-class. The undulating greens are immaculately maintained and dotted with natural
water bodies. With five teeing ground options on each hole and perfect layout for shot makers and strategic players, the GBGC course delivers a challenging andunforgettable experience. The driving range featur10 bays is also set in idyllic surroundings. The 300 long range is just a short distance from the main courwhere players can hone their skill.
The historical Motibaug Palace, built as a guesthouse to compliment the Lukshmi Villas, is in fact an older monument than the famed Lukshmi Villas itself. Possibly built initially to house all the British architects and engineers who built Lukshmi Villas,
this palace in the 1950-60’s was also the residence to Pratapsinhrao Gaekwad. This 15,000 sq. ft. home has now been converted into the main clubhouse of Gaekwad Baroda Golf Club. The open verandah on both the ground and first floor open up onto the golf
course. This clubhouse houses a well stocked Pro-shop, a verandah Café lounge, a conference room and a fine dining multi-cuisine restaurant on the upper floor. Located in the heart of Vadodara, this magnificent property is frequented by the who’s who of the city and around. And as members and visitors soak in the historical surrounding they are greeted by a warm and friendly staff.
Gaekwad Baroda Golf Club is essentially a golf club and maintains that character even while affording facilities for other sports. The club facilities include tennis, badminton, gym and a large swimming pool for complete family recreation. Memberships are restricted and there is a waiting period for applicants before they can join the prestigious club. But from beginner to pro, Gaekwad Baroda Golf Club offers
everything a golf enthusiast could possibly want or need. The club is also keen to serve the interests of all golf enthusiasts and also to inculcate a keen interest in golf in non-golfers. In the serene scenery learning and playing golf can transform into a truly delightful
experience. The membership programme thus includesbasic coaching to help new members pick up the gameand start playing on the course. New members are also guided by pros about the rules and etiquette of the game.
The Gaekwad Baroda Golf Club,
The Motibaug Palace,
The Lukshmi Villas Palace Estate,
Rajmahal Road, Baroda.
Phone No: 91-265/243-3599
Website : www.barodagolf.com
Timings: 7am to 6pm
How to get there
By road: National Highway 8, connecting Delhi and Gandhinagar with Ahmedabad to Surat and Mumbai, passes through the city. Vadodara is also connected with Ahmedabad through Indian National Expressway 1, a 97 kilometres (60 mi) stretch of super highway with exits at Anand, Nadiad, S.P.Ring Road and finally Ahmedabad. In the near future, this expressway will be extended southwards from Vadodara all the way up to Mumbai. The necessary land acquisition work is in progress and the government has placed the project on a fast track priority. Public transport vehicles within the city include buses, autorickshaws and taxis. Buses owned by VMSS for public transportation are operated by the private bus operators Vinayak Logistics, which now runs over one hundred buses of 33 and 50 seater configurations. This development has reduced two wheeler traffic as well as provided a safe and cheap transport service. Recently a new bus terminal was inaugurated in Vadodara by Narendra Modi the Prime Minister of India.
By rail: Vadodara Junction railway station is Gujarat's busiest junction with almost 150 trains passing through every day.It comes under Vadodara Division of Western Railways. Passengers can travel to almost all the parts of India from Vadodara Junction, where there is a junction from the directions of Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi and Kota (all four directions). It has one of the largest electric locomotives sheds in Gujarat and various trains have a loco change over at Vadodara. Trains such as Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duranto and important mail/express trains halt at Vadodara Junction. Apart from various small railway stations Vadodara has 10 major railway stations
By air: Vadodara Airport is located north-east of the city. Vadodara has flight connections with Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore. A new integrated international terminal has been constructed at the Vadodara airport and was inaugurated in October 2016. Vadodara is the first Green Airport in Gujarat and Second Green Airport in India after Kochi. The airport runway is scheduled for expansion to accommodate international operation.