20 August 2019
An Enchanting Golf Sanctuary
Nepal is a country known for its strikingly beautiful and often formidable Himalayan Mountain range that draws thousands of visitors each year. Yet there is more to Nepal, including the memorable high-altitude championship 18-hole course at Gokarna Forest Resort.
Located only 10 kilometers from Kathmandu city and Tribhuvan International Airport, Gokarna Forest Resort stands on a preserve that was once a private royal hunting ground for the kings of Nepal. Inspired by the myth, magic, and mystery of the once forbidden valley, David Kidd of Gleneagles Golf Developments designed a golf masterpiece that spreads over 140 acres at 4,550 feet above sea level.
With the majestic Himalayas providing a dramatic backdrop, the 6,755 yard par-72 course offers an experience of the divine spirit of the natural environment along with the uniqueness of the course itself. The atmosphere of serenity at this course is only enhanced by sighting a spotted deer or several of the monkeys who wander freely in the vicinity.
Despite not being considered a long course, Gokarna Forest Resort - Golf demands accuracy on every shot to navigate its narrow fairways. On most sections of the front-nine, golfers are encouraged to keep to the left side of the fairway for an easier game, while on the back nine it’s imperative to avoid the stream that runs along until the final hole. Long and straight hitters generally have the advantage on this golf course, yet despite the large greens, all players will need to gather a solid understanding of the pace of the greens here to make par.
The course’s signature hole, the par-3 8th hole, sets a daunting challenge. There is trouble on the left side and a deep pot-hole bunker guards the crest-shaped green on the right, while the novel C-shape of it is unabashedly contoured to attract everything towards its 10-foot abyss.