Except, Al Abbar already had a site in mind—an area in Hyderabad that would later be named “Boulder Hills.” He’d been told by a reputed American consultant that a golf course was impossible because of the lack of top-soil and the complicated terrain. So, he approached Harradine. “The site blew my mind,” says Harradine, who first visited it on May 1. “I was stunned by the unique beauty of the boulders. I knew that this could be one of the last great sites that I would ever be able to work on.”
Another consideration is that improved golfing equipment allows golfers to hit the ball further. “But,” Harradine says, “sometimes they have no control, so I have to include safety boundaries, so balls don’t land in swimming pools, or on people’s heads. Where the safety margins are not adequate you have to resort to unsightly nets.”
“I had an unexpected ally as I was instructed to design the project according to the Vaastu philosophy,” says Harradine. “I am not really a great believer in spiritual matters, but as a defender of natural landscapes I followed the instructions. It’s ironic that a golf course, which is the environmentalist’s favourite whipping horse, is actually going to preserve those extraordinary formations for future generations.”
It wasn’t easy going. Making a golf course, says Harradine, “takes a lot of vision, experience and guts.” The elaboration of detailed plans, cut and fill, specifications, technical descriptions and bills of quantities for such a complicated site were very intricate.
The designs, specifications and tender documents took four months. The construction, two years. And there were whole fleets of workers.
But what a result! Billed as South India’s first integrated, world-class leisure & residential community, Boulder Hills is spread across 531 acres, including 192 acres of championship golf course. On the face of it, it’s a classic Par 72 course with 4 Par 3’s, 4 Par 5’s and 10 Par 4’s.
Soil stripped 455,094 m2
Soil/Rock dug up 295,084 m3
Rocks crushed 63,000 m3
Fragmentation of rock 150,000 m3
Drainage trenches 8,000 m
Construction of lakes 26,600 m2
Construction of streams 1,850 lm
Drainage pipe 20,899 lm
Grassing 499,500 m2
Irrigation pipes 59,679 lm
Labourers and gardeners 200
Machine operators 15
Project manager 1 (m2= square metres, m3= cubic metres, lm= linear metres)