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Ooty has always been celebrated as a tourist location, so the sports opportunities in this diverse landscape have been overlooked. Of course, adventure sports have gained prevalence in Ooty over time, as the number of footfalls per year is very high, in order cater to the demands of those who love adventure tourism. There are opportunities to experience the thrills of trekking, hang-gliding, fishing, mountain biking, boating and angling in this land.
Golf in Ooty
Ooty’s colonial past carries forward the legacy of Europeans, with Ooty Golf Course and Ooty Racecourse. The Golf Club is located at an altitude of 7600 feet; the club was founded in 1896. The Golf course spreads over an area of 193.56 acres with 18 holes. An annual amateur golf championship takes place in summer every year since 1906. The Golf course has the facilities to accommodate golfers inside its rooms and tents. Apart from Golf, billiards, cards and table tennis, swimming can also be practiced here.
Races in Ooty
Another such sport that engrosses Ooty is horse Race. Ooty Racecourse is built for horse racing that is organized during summers, i.e. from April to June. The racecourse occupies an area of 55 acres with a 24 km long course. The race course lies at an altitude of 2,268 meters. ‘The Nilgiri Gold Cup Race’, is an important race of this course and other features as The Nilgris 1,000 Guineas, The Nilgris 2,000 Guineas and the Nilgris Derby Stakes. This is possibly one of the most beautiful racecourses of our country.
Other Sports in Ooty
There is a Cricket Pavilion in the central Part of Ooty Gymkhana Club, built in 1873. The Club has an excellent tennis facility with three synthetic and one clay court. There is a also a well maintained billiards table for Snooker.
Sports goods Shops in Ooty
Though not too many sports are played in Ooty, yet there are some shops in Ooty which sell sports goods and accessories like cricket bats, sports shoes, golf balls, football, tennis and badminton racquets and so on.
Lachmi Narain Stores No 75, Opposite Big Shop Near Theatre, Commercial Road, Ooty - 643001 (91)-423-2442561, 2452921 (91)-423-2442461 Sara Sports No 20, Near Bakes, 2nd Street, M.S.Lane, Ooty - 643001 (91)-9790454506 Baba Electricals Electronics & Sports No 80, Commercial Road, Ooty HO, OOTY - 643001 0423, 2443709
Arab Stores 3/1171, Market, Ooty - 643001 (91)-423-2442211
Sri Lakshmi Electricals And Sports 33/39, MS Lane, Upper Bazar, Nilgiri, Ooty - 643001 (Also serves Nilgiri) (91)-423-2452007
Shanghai Company Commercial Road, Commercial Road, Ooty - 643001 (91)-423-2442891
Maruthi Sports 2, Yuba Building, Church Hill Road, Ooty - 643001 (91)-423-2443741