Golf course architecture firm Golfplan has broken ground on a new 18-hole private club on India’s east coast, according to an article from the recent edition of Asian Golf Business magazine. David Dale, ASGCA is a Principal of Golfplan.

The project is called Sriperumbudur, and the course will be fully integrated with a 5-star hotel, single-family housing, and serviced apartments. The project’s parcel of land was secured as part of a SEZ, or Special Economic Zone, created by the Indian government, the article reports. The government has made large tracts of land available for golf development, in addition to manufacturing, shipping, and warehousing. Golf developers have an obligation to create housing and recreational options in these SEZs to serve what essentially become new cities and towns, according to the article.

The project at Sriperumbudur will serve as a model for future golf developments in India, Kevin Ramsey, project director, said. It will feature a serious golf academy and a closed water system, in which lakes are created within the course and then all of the water used on site is channeled back to those lakes, reports the article.

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