Date: 30th November - 2nd December 2012
India, well where do I start! This has to be one of the craziest, most unique places I've ever visited. It truly is a fascinating place. The best way I can describe it is, if you imagine there has been a natural disaster but all the infrastructure is still standing. In amongst all the rubbish and rubble there are the odd makeshift stalls all selling the same snacks.
My only real taste of India was the shuttle to and from the golf club. An entertaining experience. I couldn't understand how we were managing to avoid having a terrible accident everyday. Yaks with their huge horns just roaming about, cyclists and Tuk Tuks not necessarily travelling in the right direction, pigs, dogs, children and then there are the other cars! They have these huge highways, probably about 5-6 lanes wide, except they don't have lanes, they use their horns instead! Apparently they buy their cars based on how loud the horn is!
Once you do eventually arrive at the golf club, you can start to relax. A green oasis in the middle of the dusty city. On one side of the golf course, there are monkeys which live behind the boundary fence. Smartly dressed men with big wooden sticks are employed to make sure the monkeys stay where they belong. Monkey security guards if you like!
DLF City Country Club is a relatively short golf course protected by large undulating greens made even more difficult by the coarse grain. Most of the players hired local caddies as they knew the greens inside out. I certainly wouldn't have coped alone, you just had to trust your caddy and hit it. He would say, " This much right M'aam, medium slow." It took a bit of getting used to, but it worked. I putted quite well.
The one thing I found very difficult to cope with was the food. Everything was spicy, even the fruit at breakfast! Not wanting to risk getting 'Delhi belly', I was being very cautious. So much so, I felt very hungry for most of the week. Not ideal when your spending hours on the golf course low on energy. I managed to make the cut despite not swinging particularly well, but I wasn't able to capitalise as I had hoped to.
One week in India was quite enough, by the end of the week I was ready to move onto Dubai. Where I could look forward to more conventional food and less stressful car journeys!