VOL 19 • ISSUE 5 • May, 2017 • www.dlfgolfresort.com
All of us stoically tolerate the intensely hot and dusty May in eager
anticipation of the summer vacations and escape to cooler climes!
The only ones oblivious to the weather were our increasing
number of golfers and the course remained busy especially in the
early mornings and late afternoons. The Golf Academy too saw
heightened footfalls with summer camps, individual coaching
classes and fair weather golfers preferring to hone their skills at
the Driving Range. Besides them, seen braving the heat was our
Course Superintendent Shaun and his green keeping team going
about completing their maintenance practices with least
disturbance to the golfers. With temperatures in the high forties,
these practices extremely critical now to ensure you get prime
playing surface throughout the year.
Off the course, the Sports Complex comes alive with the
swimming pool being the star attraction throughout the summer.
Members and their children love to spend their evenings here.
Children’s coaching classes also gain momentum and adults
prefer to sweat it out indoors in the Gym or on the Squash Courts
and Tennis buffs are seen chasing the ball after dark under the
The first Swimming Gala of the season was received with
enthusiasm and the kids created a big splash! There were
competitive categories for all ages, ranging from 5 years to events
for dads & moms and we had record entries with kids
participating in multiple events! There was heat on the golf course
too! Golfers were battling it out in the ‘DLF Men’s Match Play
Championship’ for the trophy and the honour of being the Club
Golfer of the Year.
With the IPL bandwagon in town, members got to see many of
their favourite stars here. Through the month, Cricketers and
their support staff made a bee line to play golf here on their rest
days. The serenity of the game and course provided just the
antidote they needed from the maddening crowds and the live-
wire tension of the T20 format.
With the intention of livening up dreary Thursdays, we started
with a Stand up Comedian, Chirag Panjwani who came and
entertained our members at the Pavilion Bar. The turnout was
heartening. We are planning more such fun Thursdays for you
over the next hot months and will keep you informed. Meanwhile,
enjoy your vacations and keep yourselves well hydrated.
Asst. Vice President
Mermen and Mermaids at the Swimming Gala
DLF Medal Round Hole-In-One Club
Down the years, May the 6th 2017, will be often recounted by Sudheer
Talwar. He scored his first ACE on the GP 12th Hole with his 8 iron and
entered the hallowed portals of the Hole-in-One Club. This exciting feat
was witnessed by his playing partners. Sanjeev Laroia, Sumeet Nath and
Sanjeev Laroia, ACE Sudheer Talwar with Sumeet Nath and Sachin Kohli
Shan Hui with Closest-to-Pin winner Ren Li
DLF Men’s Match Play 2017
April saw the DLF Men’s Match Play elimination rounds completed and
May commenced with the Quarter Final rounds being played out. In the
upper half of the draw Mudit Saxena gave a tough fight to Soumya Dutta,
before bowing out. In the other match Yosh K comfortably beat Sonny
Iqbal by 4 holes. On the other side of the draw, the Semi-Final berths were
booked by Mayur Rastogi and Rahul Agarwal, Mayur ousted Vishal Bakshi
and Vicky Chadha threw in the towel on the 14th Hole and allowed Rahul to
barge into the Semi-Finals.
The Semi-Finals were rather tame, Soumya secured his berth in the Finals by
vanquishing Yosh K on the 15th hole and Mayur offered Rahul the other
Final berth on a platter, on the 14th hole.
The clash for the title between Rahul & Soumya took place on 19th May. It
was a mean match and went down to the wire. The match was very
competitive and see-sawed with every hole. Rahul, constantly under
pressure having to give Soumya 5 strokes, found himself trailing by a hole at
cross over. Then he lost the 10th hole to dip to 2 down. He managed to win
the 11th hole but again lost the 12th. Pulling himself up, Rahul won the next
two holes and squared the score. Soumya halved the 15th but lost the 16th,
won the 17th and levelled the score again. The 18th hole was a do or die hole
for both of them, Souyma came up short with a bogey and Rahul held his
nerve and pared the hole to win the match, the trophy and the title of the
Numero Club Golfer of the Year!Uno
Runner-Up Soumya Dutta with Club Champion of the Year, Rahul Agarwal
KK Sindhu, Jayaram Easwaran (Closest-to-Pin winner)
with H Araki and Jatin Sindhu
Gentleman and Lady Golfer of the Month Arun K Khanna & Monica Jajoo
with Chandresh Jajoo and Manish Sanwalka
Dash! Crash! Splash! In jumped a bevy of kids to take part in the season’s first Swimming Gala! It was a riot both inside and outside the pool – little ones
bobbing and splashing away merrily and parents shouting instructions and Faisal and team calling for order, in order to start the events. There were events
for everyone from 5 yrs to 45 years. There was Ball collection for youngsters, Kick Board races for the newly initiated, underwater swimming competitions
and serious races and relays in various age categories. Crossing over age categories, the children took part in multiple events. Not to be left behind, the tiny
toddlers were creating their own fun in the Splash pool!
The Prize Distribution took even longer as Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were given away for each event. Overall Best Swimmer prizes in various
categories were won by Annika Singh (Girls 6 - 9 yrs.), Vir Srinagesh (Boys 6 - 9 yrs.), Raina Sarkar (Girls 9 - 12 yrs.), Arjun Bahl (Boys 9 - 12 yrs.) Reyna
Shivdasani (Girls 12 - 15 yrs.) and Arhan Nanda (Boys 12 - 15 yrs.). Vishal Bharti (AVP Operations) honoured them with a plaque each. Excitement over, the
tired but happy brigade settled down to dig into their food bowls. Lookout for the next Swimming Gala in August!
Thursdays Made Happening
To drive away the midweek blues, we decided to pep up alternate Thursdays at the Pavilion Bar this summer. On the 23rd, we had Stand Up Comedian
Chirag Punjwani come in to entertain our patrons. The response was pretty good as over 100 patrons thronged the Pavilion Bar. The bar tenders had a tough
time juggling across the counter to quench everyone's thirst. Members lingered on enjoying the evening intermingling and happy that the Club was making
an effort to keep them entertained.
Coming up next on 7th June is a Karaoke night at the Pavilion. This time members and their guests will come out of the closet and entertain each other with
their favourite songs. Be there!
The star performers with AVP Operations - Vishal Bharti
The Thursday Jig - Chirag Punjwani regaling his audience at the Pavilion Bar
An Evening with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
Eminent Visitors in May
At the behest of Puja Batra and Neelam Pratap Rudy, Sadhguru joined the PGL Ladies for a game of golf and we were privileged to host him at the Club for
Night Golf & Dinner. Straight off a flight from USA, this amazing man enjoyed a full round of 18 holes and stayed on to interact with all the guests till late.
CGL – Cricketers Golf League
While the IPL T20 was being played in the Cricket Stadiums in Delhi, we had the ‘Cricketers Golf League’ (CGL) being played on the DLF Golf & Country
Club’s greens! Much to the delight of our cricket fans here at the club, they got practically daily sightings of their favourite stars. The ‘Who's Who’ seen were
Delhi Daredevils' - Pat Cummins & Karun Nair, Gujrat Lions’ - Aaron Finch, Andrew Tye, Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith, Mumbai Indians’ -
Mahela Jayawardhane, Joss Buttler, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell McClenaghan and Tim Southee, Rising Pune Supergiants’ - Stephen Fleming, Daniel
Christian, Eric Simon, Tommy Simsec and Usman Khawaja, Sunrise Hyderabad’s - Ben Cutting, Ben Laughlin, Moises Henriques. Commentators Scott
Styris & Brenden Julien were happy to keep their mouth shut and let their hands do the talking. Most kept returning to play the course over and over again
and were unanimous that this course was comparable to the best anywhere!
Aakash and Parul with SadhguruNeelam offers a gift on behalf of the PGL ladies
Not a bad shot!One for the album
M Patel, Tim Southee, Mitchell Johnson,
Joss Buttler, Mahela Jayawardhane and Mitchell McClenaghan
Pat Cummins, Moises Henriques, Ben Legalin,
Ben Cutting, Jade Roberts and Theo Kapakoulakis
Feathered friends on your course by Raghav Dhall
The Greater Coucal’s black head, upper mantle,
underside and broad long tail are glossed with
purple. The back and wings are chestnut brown and
eyes are ruby red. The Greater Coucal is sighted
throughout India. More commonly, it is found in
the northern part of the country across the Indus
Valley, the sub-Himalayan and Gangetic plains
through Nepal to Assam.
The Greater Coucal is generally found in open
forest, scrub country, grassland and near human
habitation. It is usually found singly or in pairs,
walking along the ground in the undergrowth. It
generally feeds on grasshoppers, beetles, caterpillars, large insects, snails, etc. The
nesting season ranges from February to September. The nest is a large untidy
globular mass of leaves an