Once considered as a luxury sport, golf is steadily catching popularity amongst the Indian sports enthusiasts. With the pick of golfing circuits and hill-station resorts, golfers can plan a holiday in a colonial setting, with gymkhanas, bungalows and clubs. With around 135 registered golf courses, India has one of the most scenic turfs. Today almost all the top golf courses have a four or five star hotel next to it, which makes a perfect golf vacation for aficionados.
Here is a bucket list of top golf courses where every golfer must swing his club:
Bangalore Golf Club
The Bangalore Golf Club is the second oldest in India which was founded in 1876. The par 71, 6,650 yards, 18-hole course started with browns, which were later converted to greens. Besides trees and deep ditches, the major hazard on the course is the Bangalore crow, which often picks up the ball, mistaking it for an egg. Therefore the logo of the Bangalore Golf Club depicts a crow with a ball in its beak. The bar at the Bangalore Golf Club has some interesting memorabilia tracing the history of the club. The course started as a 12 hole design and was transformed many a time the last being a redesign in 2000. A must visit for every golfer.
Bombay Presidency Golf Club
The Bombay Presidency Golf Club (BPGC) is one the most prestigious golf club in Mumbai. In 2009 this club underwent extensive redesign and modifications to the course. It’s a very demanding course and has a large member community that is largely focused on golf. This club is surely worth a visit for every golf enthusiast.
Shillong Golf Club
Golf was first introduced to Shillong in 1898 by a group of British Civil Service officers who initially constructed a nine hole course at an area called Laban. It was only after the first world war that Shillong gained popularity as a golf resort for European golfers from East Bengal and Calcutta, and in 1924 the present 18 hole course was inaugurated. The course is set in a valley covered with thick groves of pine and rhododendron trees. The tight fairways are carpeted with an indigenous species of local grass which hardens the soil and makes the course tough to play. The longest hole on the course is the 594 yards, sixth, which makes it an extremely trying hole, and also one of the longest in India. Truly, one of the finest golf courses in the North East region.
Delhi Golf Club
Established in 1931, the Delhi Golf Club measures 6972 yards, a PAR 72, 18 hole golf link. This golf club is probably the only Golf Club within the world, dotted with the monuments of great historic and archeological value. The Delhi Golf Club is additionally home to several skilled tournaments together with the Indian Open, a part of the celebrated Asian PGA circuit. The club has each facility of bar and catering, a swimming pool and recently a brand new tavern and a business establishment has been other to supply a lot of facilities to the members.