hope," says Amit.
Palace is a $500-a-night, 256-room hotel fit for a maharaja. I visit for Sunday
brunch with some bankers from Goldman Sachs, who also play a lot of golf.
"A friend and
I were paired with this 80-year-old guy at KGA, and he was barking all
day," says Chris Oberoi, 30, a vice president at Goldman Sachs. "He
thought my friend and I were too loud and didn't know the proper
As we fill our
plates with lamb kebabs, coconut almond fried fish and fennel-scented crab
salad, Oberoi fills me in on his plans for the Goldman Sachs office in
Bangalore. Named Crystal Downs after the legendary course in Frankfort, Mich.,
the building is in the Embassy Golf Club Business Park, adjacent to the 2nd and
3rd holes at KGA. "I want to build a putting green on our 1,000-square-foot
roof terrace," says Oberoi.
Back at the table
Ritesh Gadhiya, a 33-year-old tech executive at Goldman Sachs who spent eight
years in the U.S., describes his passion for the game. "Indians are
addictive, which is why we love golf," he says. "I was mesmerized the
first time I hit a shot--at a pitch-and-putt in New Jersey. I was hooked right
away, so I went home and subscribed to Golf Channel. Now I hit plastic balls
around our house, and I'm teaching my daughter."
"How old is
she?" I ask.
"One and a
half," Gadhiya says.
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