Gallery2 -A Ranjit Nanda design it is also known as the Lukshmi Villas Golf course .The course has some dramatic settings with a palace , temples & tomb like structures located alongside the course .This makes playing here a unique experience
Gallery3-The course is a very skillfully designed layout that makes good use of the mature tree line with doglegs' galore .Image shows the 2nd green (A 164 yard ,Par 3) with the temple in the backdrop
Gallery4-A dramatic capture .This is a shot of the 4th green ( a 379 yard ,Par 4 hole) with a Peacock perched on the higher branches of the tree behind the green ,at the Lukshmi Villas palace golf course @ Baroda
Gallery5-Beautifully maintained , with heritage monuments strewn across the course - the first time golfer is often distracted by the setting .Image shows the green at the 471 yard ,Par 4,7th hole with the Lukshmi Villas palace in the background
Gallery6-The course is open to public & is a must play venue . Image shows the greenside bunker at the opening hole - a 381 yard ,Par 4 dogleg design
Gallery7-The greens are large & immaculate at the Lukshmi Villas golf course .Image shows the green at the 3rd hole with the clubhouse in the backdrop .Its a 441 yard ,Par 4 dogleg right design & the toughest hole
Gallery8 -The Gaekwad Baroda golf club is a iconic course & is also host to a plethora of tournaments .They have 5 sets of tees making it a great venue for golfers of different skill levels
Gallery9 -The approach into the green at the dogleg left 6th hole . The tree in the right of the picture is often in play & a bad shot ends up in the hazard making a par on this 400 yard hole almost impossible
About this course
Originally built in the 1930′s as a private course by Maharaja Pratapsinh (Royal family of Baroda), this course was renovated in the 90′s thanks to the efforts of the Maharaja’s son Samarjitsinh (a former Ranji level cricket player & a golf aficionado who plays to a 8 handicap currently) & opened to the public. Now known as “The Gaekwad Baroda Golf Club (GBGC)” it is one of Gujarat’s premier clubs. It is the only private golf course in & around Baroda and is an absolutely stunning setting for a golf course with the imposing & magnificent Lukshmi Villas palace always in the backdrop.
The course was designed by Ranjit Nanda & is planned as a full length 18 hole course. However in the first phase only the holes around the Palace were constructed. To begin with, all the holes around the Palace were carved out of a dense, thick jungle – a jungle so thick with trees and scrub that you could barely see the Palace.The other significant aspect of the design is the preservation of the large specimen trees that were all saved to frame most of the holes. There is a lot of variety in the overall 18 hole course that is yet to be developed. In order to provide symmetry the current green complexes of holes 7 and 9 are identical (mirror images), when viewed from the upper floors of the Palace. This was done to provide a ‘formal’, symmetrical setting and in keeping with the majestic ambience and view from the Palace.
The golf course is built around the Lukshmi Vilas palace & makes this course unique as its one of the few golf courses globally with a palace next door. The golf course currently has 10 holes (there are plans to make it a full fledged 18 hole layout) & when played as a 18 hole layout is a 6542 yard, par 69 design. The course is extremely well maintained & has character. It has a multitude of old world structures & with the ever present peacocks, birds & langurs (monkeys) it is a enthralling experience to play a round of golf here. The course also has a very mature tree line with thick & dense underbrush making accuracy a prerequisite to a good round.
The course has multiple tees, well maintained greens & is open to visitors. A limited number of golf carts are available too The club has a full fledged & very well equipped pro shop located in the Golf clubhouse. The golf clubhouse again has history on its side – The historical Moti baug Palace, built as a guesthouse to compliment the Lukshmi Villas, is infact an older monument than the famed Lukshmi Villas palace itself. Possibly built initially to house all the British architects & engineers who built the Lukshmi Villas Palace, this structure in the 1950-60’s was also the residence to HH Pratapsinh Rao Gaekwad.
The clubhouse also houses a verandah cafe that overlooks the golf course, a multi cuisine restaurant and changing rooms. If you get a chance please play this course – it will be a wonderful experience.
The course is currently not rated by the IGU for Course & Slope ratings. We have used the tandard Course & slope formulae to come up with an estimate on the possible ratings.
The Lukshmi Villas palace incidentally was built in 1890′s reportedly at a cost of 180000 pounds by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad with a Indo Saracenic style of architecture & was at that time the largest private dwelling in the world. It is more than 3 times the size of the Buckingham palace & remains the residence of the royal family.