As the British settlements arrived in kashmir in late eighteenth century they introduced a sport of golf to the people. however at that time the kashmiri people were poor and were not interested in this play. so it become a sport pertaining to royal society. the handsome princes, maharajas, the lords and higher officials of the British raj. these rich folks enjoyed the taste of this sport under the shade of chinars and the blue vast expanse of sky. as the British left and things changed in the history of kashmir golf had made deep roots in the minds and hearts of people. kashmiri people still treat it as a royal game.
Now there are many golf courses in kashmir which are open to all. be it the beginners or professionals. one of the best golf courses in kashmir is royal springs. It is 118 holes golf ground with par of 72. it is located in srinagar on the steps of zabarwan hills. it has beautiful ponds and lot of varieties of pine & fruit trees.this is also the best scenic golf course in kashmir.the other best golf courses in kashmir are located in pahalgam and gulmarg.the gulmarg golf course is one of the highest golf course in Asia. it has beautiful green grass and slopes.it was opened in 1911 by British today it is maintained by the club. tourists like to play here. the srinagar golf course is the oldest golf course it lies near dallake it spreads over 52 acres of land. it is 18 hole course there are mighty chinar trees in this course.