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Golf courses, the best in India

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Classic Golf Resort, Gurgaon


India has the world’s highest golf course at Gulmarg Golf Club, altitude 2,650 metres), Talking of heritage, golf in India is a legacy left behind by the British Raj and Royal Calcutta Golf Club has already celebrated its 175th anniversary (founded in 1829). In fact, it’s older than any club in the world other than a handful in the UK. The Indian Golf Union, on the other hand, was founded much later in 1955. Today, there are nearly 200 golf clubs in the country and a new domestic golf tour has been launched (Oct 2006), which will no doubt propel the popularity of golf even further in magical India. In addition to the ten top ranked Indian golf courses shown below, we also have three Indian gems that deserve close inspection – Golden Greens, Tollygunge and Bombay Presidency.

Aamby Valley Golf Course, Sahyadri Range, the Western Ghats, Maharashtra

Designer: David Hemstock/ 256 acres/ 2700 ft/ 822m above sea level

Probably the finest new golf club in India, set on an enchanting plateau, Aamby Valley was named "Course of the Year" by the Professional Golfers Association of India in August 2005.

Jaypee Greens Golf Resort, Greater NOIDA

Bangalore Golf Club, Bangalore

Founded: 1876; redesigned by Peter Thomson; the second oldest golf course in India. 18 holes, par-71, 6650 yards/ 6080m.

Bombay Presidency Golf Club, Bombay/ Mumbai

Re-designed by Peter William Thomson

Eighteen-hole, par-70 course, 6223-yard/ 5690m/ 90-acres. Founded in 1927

Classic Golf Resort - Tauru Village, Distt. Mewat, Gurgaon, India The first Jack Nicklaus signature golf course in South Asia. 3000-acres.

Opened for play in 1998.

Two courses: i) 18-holes/ 7114 yards/ 6505m. ii) The Ridge & Valley nines at the Classic Golf Resort: a 9-hole Canyon Course.

Delhi Golf Club, aka DGC and ‘the Lodhi’ Designer: Peter Thomson:

Brimming with reminders of bygone times predating the Moghul Empire. Amongst the ruined tombs are two golf courses which occupy some 220 acres.

DLF Golf and Country Club Gurgaon, HARYANA, 18 Holes

Arnold Palmer signature course.

An exclusive 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course, with India's first night golfing facility - created by DLF. the manicured parkland style course that boasts of five lakes, 14000 trees and waterfalls. The 18 hole, par 72, thus, joined the world League of Nations that have night golfing courses. The 7250 yard/ 6629m. course with white-sand bunkers carries the distinct signature of the King of golf, Arnold Palmer - with buffers between fairways, water bodies and in total harmony with nature. The DLF Country Club extends to over 140 acres and the 18-hole golf course is part of a large sporting facility that includes a swimming pool, tennis and squash courts and an equestrian centre. Includes a golf academy and clubhouse.

Kaziranga Golf Resort, Jorhat, Assam

Eagleton - The Golf Village 30th Km, Bangalore – Mysore Highway, Shyanamangala Cross, Bidadi, Bangalore,

Eagleton is generally friendly from the tee with wide fairways and not too punishing rough. The greens hold many subtle breaks, which will catch out even the very best short game.

It has an 'expansive' club house / hotel which is centrally air-conditioned measuring about 3,00,000 Sq Feet and a Residential Enclave. All of these amenities / facilities are spread across a 500 acre complex Golden Greens, Gurgaon Designer: Richard Hawtree (with Ranjit Nanda).

18-holes/ par 72/ 7100 yards/6492m./ 275 acres

Jaypee Greens Golf Resort Greater Noida Golf Course, 18 Hole Golf Course

India's first 18-hole Greg Norman course. Built on what was previously a flat featureless site, the design of the course ... is This golf course greater noida from jaypee also has a 9 hole golf course. Jaypee Greens is India's longest course.

Royal Calcutta Golf Club, Kolkata

Kalhaar Blues & Greens - Ahmedabad, India

A Nicklaus Design golf course.

Karnataka Golf Association: Challaghatta, close to Bangalore’s city centre Re-designed by Peter Thomson and, later, by Howard Swan.

It wasn’t until 1986, thirteen years after a golf course was first proposed for the Karnataka, that a 9-hole layout was established on a 124-acre site

Kensville Golf and Country Club, near Ahmedabad

Designer: Jeev Milkha Singh with KD Bagga. There are water bodies on the course.

Oxford Golf & Country Club, Pashan – Sus Link Road, Baner, Pune

Phil Ryan of Pacific Coast Design laid out the course at Oxford Golf & Country Club, routing the fairways of the front nine along the sides of a valley, with the back nine holes set out on the valley floor.

136 acres/ U-shaped, surrounded by the Sahyadri hills

Royal Springs golf course, Srinagar

Royal Calcutta Golf Club, Kolkata

Founded in 1829, Royal Calcutta Golf Club is older than any club in the world beyond the British Isles – older, indeed, than most of those in Britain itself.

HopAroundIndia adds:

The epithet ‘Royal’ was conferred upon the Calcutta Golf Club by Queen Mary and King George V in 1911 in order to commemorate their visit to Calcutta.

Being a pioneer in Golf Clubs in India, all golf clubs in India have been affiliated and aligned to the Royal Calcutta Golf Club and followed the golf rules of St. Andrews in Scotland until recently before Indian Golf Union was formed in 1955 and was launched as a controlling body of the game in India. The Indian Golf Union is affiliated to the World Amateur Golf Council’ and actively encourages and endorses the sport in the country which is evident in the steep rise of membership and revenues of the golf clubs and the golf industry respectively in the country.

The Royal Calcutta Golf Club is an 18-hole golf course with 7195/6871 yardage, 72 par, 73.6/72.1 rating, natural water hazards and large greens and undulations. The strength of these links lies in their par fours and to score and good long and medium irons are recommended.

The Club comprises a fine swimming pool, bowling areas, tennis courts, dining areas and a bar. A bowling green section which was established in the early 18th Century also constitutes the Royal Calcutta Golf Club.

Eagleton, Bangalore

Royal Springs Srinagar

Robert Trent Jones II-designed Royal Springs golf course is located overlooking Dal Lake with a backdrop of the Zabarwan Hills.

See also

Golf courses: India

Golf: India

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