18 hole Golf course in Nedumbassery by CIAL

A 18-hole Country Club golf course developed by the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) on its land would be inaugurated before December 2009, CIAL officials have said. The process to induct members will begin within two months.

The golf course is built on a property adjacent to the airport, and it will be the largest golf course in the State. The course will embrace five aqua patches covering 60 sq m and a playing area of over 7,200 yards with ‘Bermuda tidwarf on the greens and Bermuda 419 on fairways and trees.’

The cost of the project has been brought down to Rs.18 crore from the initial estimate of Rs. 56 crore by reworking the total investment in a phased manner and adopting a low-cost construction model. The company proposes the use of plants, including medicinal plants and shrubs endemic to the region, in the spaces between the fairways as part of reducing costs. “The cost reduction has been made possible by reworking the total investment proposal and by adopting traditional architecture and indigenous inputs. At the same time, we have ensured that resorting to traditional methods do not in any way affect the standard of facilities provided,” said a senior airport official. He said the company was planning to launch the initial phase of the project to generate income for further expansion works so that a full-fledged operation could be started within the next few years.


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