Anil Kumar Sharma

Current Golf Course

The Gaekwad Baroda Golf Club

Email Id

Date of Birth

4th August

Years in Current Golf Course

05 Years

GII.   Why did you choose Golf Course Superintendent as a career?

AS.   My family’s occupation is farming. I come from a humble background. In 2007, I started my career as a landscaping supervisor. In 2011, I got the opportunity to work at the Kalhaar Blues & Greens Golf Club where I was introduced to Golf. I learnt how to maintain and run a Golf Course with the use of fertilizers and chemicals. After hard work and gaining enough knowledge, I chose to become a Golf Course Superintendent as a profession.

GII.   What type of 'on the job training' have you had in the field

AS.  I got training in my first golf course like Machine (turf care equipment) Operations, uses and maintenance, Irrigation Operations & water management, turf maintenance practice with turf management, chemical and fertilizer application as per requirement and manpower management on ground and continued training myself daily with my experience.

GII.  What type of education, classes, seminars, or other training you have in the field of Turf Grass management?

AS.   I completed my graduation in 2005 from C.C.S. University. I did a workshop with Dr Micah Woods and I have attended The Indian Golf Expo along with many other seminars in the field of Golf related to Turf  Maintenance, Turf Care Machinery & Equipment.

GII.   Describe the different challenges you face as a Golf Course Superintendent. What seems to be the biggest challenge for you and why?

AS.   The position of a Golf Course Superintendent has a lot of challenges. The most difficult challenge being management of budget and manpower. Another obstacle is satisfying the regular Golfer and maintaining the course and keeping it in pristine condition throughout the year regardless of the extreme climate or the amount of play.

GII.   What would you do to further your knowledge of proper Course Maintenance?

AS.  To keep myself updated with technology and advancement in the field of Course Maintenance, I will attend various seminars and expos which happen throughout India.

GII.   How are challenging situations handled involving Golfers who have concerns or complaints regarding the tee marker and Cup locations?

AS.  I keep interacting with Golfers regularly on course and take their feedback about the Golf Course Maintenance. We have developed a system in which the tee markers are changed/replaced on a daily basis and the pin positions are changed 3 times a week. This practice has worked well with Golfers as it keeps the pin positions a mystery.

GII.   What is your opinion of Golf Courses in relation to the Environment?

AS.   Every Golf Course has its own unique flora and fauna, which is maintained and also has the protected area. Definitely it reduces the environmental pollution, increases biodiversity, protects water resources, protects top soil from erosion and increases the landscaping values.

GII.   If your course uses effluent water, what process is used to prepare it for use on the course?

AS.  Our course currently runs on ground water. At times, we use treated water for landscaping from the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) situated in our premises. We have planned to increase the size of the STP in the future.

GII.   What have been the most rewarding aspects of your profession?

AS.   Satisfaction of Golfers and aesthetically maintained course is the real reward of our profession.

GII.   Knowing what you do now, if you had a chance to start your career over, would you again choose the Golf Course Superintendent? If yes, why?

AS.   Yes definitely. As whatever hard work we do, it is rewarded.

GII.   Best practice which you would like to share with other Golf Courses Superintendents.

AS.  Maintenance Cost is a major concern for all Golf Courses, we should work and try to reduce the same always without compromising the aesthetical look of the Golf Course and its playability.

Age when you started working

22 years

First Golf Course you worked for

kalhaar Blues & Green Golf Club

Favorite Golf Course in India

DLF Golf & Country Club

Favorite Food

Rajma Chawal

Favorite Drink

Milk & Lassi

Favorite Sports Magazine

Golf Digest

Favorite Pro Event

Indian Open ( Asian Tour)

Favorite Golfer

Anirban Lahiri

Favorite Golf Set


Favorite Car

Willys Jeep