When Shyam Tamang registered his name for the recently held golf tournament in Mustang, he had a lot of doubts regarding the standard of the Mustang Golf Course. There were valid reasons for him to be doubtful. The course was relatively new and as it was situated at an altitude of 4,645 metres, there were doubts about how it would play through given the hard weather in the region.
“Whenever you hear Mustang, the first thing that comes to mind is the rugged terrain. I was afraid that my golf club’s iron would be damaged,” says Tamang.
But, when Tamang reached the course on August 26, a day before the tournament, he was pleasantly surprised. After crossing a 3,700-metre hill that was full of rock and sand, he reached a green patch of land where Mustang Golf Course was situated.
“I had a completely different picture of what it would look like. I realised how wrong I was and how making preconceptions was bad,” says Tamang, who recently won the stableford 3/4 handicap event held in the Mustang Golf Course on August 27.
Called the Top of the World Golf Classic, the event was organised with one purpose: to tell the world that a golfing event could be held at Mustang Golf Course which is on the verge of getting into the Guinness Book of World Records. Now, the challenge is to get competitions going on this nine-hole golf course and hold them regularly as many believe that it can be another tourism product for the country.