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Golf in Tashkent

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Tashkent offers great opportunities for playing golf. The weather in Uzbekistan is quite mild, with few rains and many warm days even throughout winter. Not surprisingly, the city boasts both a well-maintained 18-hole golf course and a training facility with a driving range and classes for kids.

Since few Uzbeks play golf, the facilities are generally not crowded. Most of the players you will see are either ethnic Koreans or foreigners. You can expect good service and solid instruction. The atmosphere is nice and peaceful. We’ve had very positive experience playing golf in Tashkent, and highly recommend it.

For most of the services (except caddy) you can pay with any major credit card. Please note that local cards (like HUMO) are not accepted, but you can usually pay with your VISA or Mastercard. Cash is always accepted, of course.

ST Golf Academy

Golf in Tashkent: ST Golf Academy

The academy is open daily from 7 am to 10 pm. This is a good place for both experienced golfers and beginners, including kids. It’s quite easy to get to. We live in the center and it takes us about 15-20 minutes to get to the golf training facility. You will find plenty of parking near the academy.

It is a very efficient place where you don’t need to wait for more than a couple of minutes to book your spot. If you are busy, you can just hit some balls for one hour and then go on with your day. If time is not an issue, you can stay for a couple of hours, relax, and even have lunch there (the academy has a Korean restaurant).

Golf in Tashkent: Elizabeth at the driving range

As you just walk in, you will be greeted by the receptionist. At the reception, you will have an opportunity to rent a spot at the driving range. One hour is about $10. You can also rent clubs if you don’t have them with you. You can play on either the first or the second floor.

The driving range has modern equipment, whereas the ball comes out on a tee automatically. You can also buy monthly and annual passes if you’d like.

In case you are interested in taking a golf lesson, there are usually coaches available. Unless you want a particular coach, no need to book in advance.

Since the driving range has a roof, it’s fine to play on rainy days and even on very hot days.

Overall, we are very happy with the ST academy. However, one downside is that you can only hit off the mat at this driving range. They do not allow hitting off the grass. Also, there is no putting green except for a small artificial one. If you’d like to practice putting, it’s better to go to the golf course, as it has a practice putting green, which is actually free of charge.

Tashkent Lakeside Golf Club

If you’d like to play a round of golf, the only place where you can do it in Tashkent is the Lakeside Golf Club. It takes a little bit longer to get there from the center of Tashkent, but still under 30 minutes (without major traffic). The course is very picturesque and located around the lovely Rohat lake. It opened back in 1998, one of the first in Central Asia.

Having been to a lot of courses in the US and other countries of the world, I find the course in Tashkent quite nice, well-maintained and good for golfers of different levels. A few holes are a little bit challenging for me (the ones where you have to hit over the water).

I recommend calling at least a day in advance to book a tee time. There are usually quite a few groups playing, especially on weekends, so it’s better to be on a safe side.

If you just want to use the driving range, you don’t need to book in advance. You just come and ask for a bucket of balls (100 balls is about $5). The driving range is not as advanced as at the ST Golf Academy, but still quite nice. Unfortunately, there is no dedicated chipping area, but they have a large putting green with some balls on it. Similar to the ST academy, the driving range at the course also has a roof.

If you are going to play a round of golf, keep in mind that there are very few carts and people take them quickly (first come first serve). If your tee time is later in the day, they might not be available and you’ll have to walk the course together with the caddy they provide at the course. Based on my experience, you don’t even need a cart, because you have to take a caddy (it’s a requirement). Since you have a caddy walking with you, it doesn’t really make much sense to have a cart. Also, the course is not very flat and a bit rocky in certain spots, so I personally did not enjoy riding a cart.

The caddies are helpful and push the cart with your clubs and provide the club to you before every shot. You have to pay the caddy after the round in cash (about $10 per player).

In terms of prices for the round of golf, they vary slightly depending on who you are (Uzbek national, foreigner with/without accreditation) and also whether you are playing on a weekend or a weekday. Regardless, prices are quite affordable.

Elizabeth at the Lakeside Golf Club. The caddy will be pushing both of our bags in the cart.

The clubhouse has a pro shop where you can buy golf equipment. You can also watch golf channel in the lobby and eat at the restaurant located inside.

Clubhouse at the Tashkent Lakeside Golf Club

The Final Word

Overall, I’m very happy with the golf facilities available here in Tashkent. My daughter Elizabeth has been able to practice regularly, even in winter (in Washington, we usually closed the golf season in mid-November). While there are some cold days in Tashkent, usually they alternate with warm days. Elizabeth is hoping to participate in the Drive, Chip and Putt tournament in the US this summer, and we are trying to prepare her well.

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