Tiffin Talk: Middle-class India – The Golf Barometer, by Phil Ryan

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24 October 2013 12:45 pm

In the past two decades India’s middle class has been growing strongly. Current estimates of its size range from some 70 million to 300 million people depending upon how income is defined. Until recently golf was a traditional “English or Armed Forces only” sport in India but the past few years have seen a proliferation of new golf facilities, all catering to middle- and upper-class Indians. Since 1993, when satellite TV arrived to link India to images of lifestyles across the world, almost 50 new golf projects have been built. Nearly all of them are in residential and resort developments. Phil Ryan, a golf course designer, has already visited India six times this year – an average year in his business. He will be returning again in November. His talk gives an overview of development across India using new golf projects as a barometer of changes to the wider society.

About the Speaker: 

Phil Ryan is the founding director of Pacific Coast Design, a company which plans and designs golf courses across Asia. Since its inception in 1986, PCD has completed more than 50 projects in Australia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Pakistan and India. Phil travels at least eight times a year to deal directly with clients on planning, design, construction, marketing and management. He has written numerous articles on all aspects of golf course design and planning, and is the co-author (with his fellow PCD director Paul Reeves) of the book Golf in India. Phil backpacked around India 1974 and has been working there since 1992.