The course is situated adjacent to the new international vehicle manufacturing hub of the rapidly expanding Oragadam, on the outskirts of Chennai, south India. Concept work started in December 2011,with construction completed and the course grassed in August 2012.
Hiranandani Palace Greens golf course is a 9-hole academy course & driving range, with international-standard irrigation and landscaping. The ‘executive’ style course was designed and constructed to cater for Chennai golfers and staff of the surrounding Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Nissan, Renault factories. Featuring a multi-option tees and set of sub-layouts to allow short rounds from 40 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the golfer’s available time and inclination. The several teeing positions give a mix Par 3’s, 4’s & a Par 5, with 3, 6 and 9-hole loops, even a cross-hole option for corporate hire golf events.
Though relatively short, the course is very strategic in style of play, and has all the features of a championship layout, with seriously challenging bunkering, lots of shaping, tricky greens, and several lakes.
“… the course has all the features of a champion- ship layout, with serious bunkering, lots of shaping, tricky greens, and several lakes”.
There is also a 12-bay driving range designed by Oliver Hemstock, with a canopy roof and replica target greens and bunkers, a large practice putting green, and other chipping and practice areas.
The well-equipped Pro-Shop with gym and business centre facilities overlooks the course, with a buggy shuttle to the golf academy. The course is grassed with golf-bred Paspalum, a newly developed golf grass capable of growing with poor or brackish water quality, and features a natural rough of indigenous grasses, used this creatively for the first time in India.
Aimed at the facility-starved local, and visiting international golfer, the course has been designed with strategic golf in mind, ease and speed of play for those with a busy lifestyle, and the ‘must try it again’ factor.