In an attempt to give tourism infrastructure in this city a boost under the public-private partnership (PPP) initiative, a non-profit registered society “Coastal Golf Greens” (CGG) has proposed a new project related to golf. Proposals for the project are ready and it will be submitted to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and AP State Tourism Development Corporation.
The members of the society, all keen golf players belonging to this city, are from various professions including doctors, lawyers, chartered accountants and industrialists. They have declared that they are going to take up the project under the Akhanda Godavari Project, which was announced by the Chief Minister on the last day of the Godavari Pushkarams in July this year.
The State government considers ‘Golf Tourism’ a tourism development activity which will attract international tourists to the culturally rich and historical city. It has identified golf as a factor for attracting foreign investments too. There are only two golf courses in the State– in Visakhapatnam and Rajahmundry. The Rajahmundry golf course belongs to the ONGC and the facility is in its base complex. However, the entry to this premises is restricted and only 10 to 15 reputed people from the city have that privilege.
The CGG has planned to set up an international standard 18 hole championship golf course.
CGG, a non-profit registered society, has readied the proposals to set up an international standard 18 hole championship golf course with driving range in Lalacheruvu or Diwancheruvu areas