Montgomerie course in Goa, India facing challenges

Some legislators in Goa, India want to pull the plug on a controversial Colin Montgomerie-designed golf course in the village of Tiracol. The legislators allege that the state government is “forcibly ousting villagers from their homes” to pave the way for the construction, an accusation that’s sure to give the image of golf in India another black eye.

The developer, an entity led by Leading Hotels, Ltd., has managed to acquire the rights to part of the property it needs, but the New York Daily News reports that “a resolute group of over 30 residents has been holding out for the last four years.” This is a familiar story in India, where golf construction is often stymied by difficulties involved in assembling land. Goa’s government isn’t likely to give up on the project, however, because it’s eager to promote tourism and Montgomerie’s golf course was to be flanked by a Four Seasons hotel.

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