Meet India – Golf’s Own Country!!
India’s Golf story began during the British period, with the establishment of Royal Calcutta Golf Club. It was the first golf club outside Great Britain, second to Ancient, St. Andrews in Scotland. Since then, India got introduced to the world as a country that can be considered for Golf Tourism. Today, one will find golf courses in almost all the major cities of India. They offer a full fledged vacation in addition to tees and greens.
Bygone decades have seen the growth of golf as a serious sport. Players like Jeev Milkha Singh, Anirban Lahiri, Sharmila Nicollet, Ali Sher and Vani Kapoor have made India proud. These players have also gradually broken the class barrier that golf belongs to only the elite class.
Most of the golf clubs have extensive lawns, indoor and outdoor bars, restaurants, gym, sauna, pro-shop and a designated parking area. Let us take a tour of India and find out the perfect places for a pleasant vacation within the vast green expanse.
Golfing in New Delhi
The National Capital of India, known for historical sightseeing, also houses one of the best Golfing clubs. Famous as Lutyen’s Delhi, the city holds legacy for hosting championships that have brought into light many young players. These young players have defied the age-old belief that Golf is confined only to the elite class. Some of the honourable clubs have played a great role in training budding golfers as they graduate into champions.
Best places in Delhi for Golfing are:
- Qutab Golf Club
- Delhi Golf House India (Private) Limited
- Army Golf Course
- Indian Golf Union and Professional Golfers Association of India
- Siri Fort Complex
- ITC Classic Golf resort
- Golden Greens Golf & Country Club at Gurgaon
- Jaypee Greens Golf & Country Club in Greater Noida
- DLF golf resort (Night Golfing)
Golfing in Goa
When it comes to vacation, Goa is the first choice of a vacationer when it comes to beaches and parties. But apart from all these, Goa also has some brilliant golf courses that attract a good number of golfers. Just like water sports, golf too has become a million dollar industry. Unlike Delhi, Goa has golf courses in its resorts and luxury hotels; most of them are 09-hole golf courses. Even if you are not a guest, you can request for a game of golf. Facilities like golf balls, tee and marker will be provided to you.
Best places in Goa for Golfing are:
- The Leela
- The Taj Exotica
- The Ramada
- The Intercontinental
Golfing in Kolkata
Kolkata is from where Golfing began in India. Royal Calcutta Golf Club provides excellent facilities for pro or a learner. Earlier located near the Calcutta airport, it later shifted to Maidan. Also famous as ‘Club House’; there is a swimming pool, bar, card room, billiard room and also squash courts. Accommodations here are full of luxury and comfort.
Other such golf clubs/courses are:
- Tollygunge Club Golf Course
- Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC)
- Calcutta Ladies Golf Club
Golfing in Bangalore
Bangalore, the city of gardens has an excellent weather, thus making it one of the most preferred cities for golfing. This is the reason; the city is being visited by golfers from India as well as abroad. Whether adult or kid there are plethoras of opportunities for everyone to learn the game.
Best places in Bangalore for Golfing are:
- ACS Golf Course
- Bangalore Golf Club (Bangalore G.P.O.)
- Bangalore Golf Club (Vasantha Nagar)
- Green Acres & Fantasy Golf Resort
- India International Golf and Tennis Private Limited (H.A.L. II Stage)
- India International Golf and Tennis Private Limited (Bangalore G.P.O.)
Paradise on earth, as it is known, Kashmir is synonymous to Dal Lake and Chinar trees. Golfing in this mesmerizing paradise is much more refreshing than any other place. Golf lovers can plan a summer vacation here and between April to November, grab excellent opportunities for golfing. Valleys that are popular for full day golfing are Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sanasar. Gulmarg has the most beautiful golf courses of International level. It has 18 holes sprawling over are area of 7505 yards approx. Scottish link-style layout is what makes it different from other courses.
Best places in Kashmir for Golfing are:
- Royal Springs Golf Course, Srinagar
- Kashmir Golf Club, Srinagar
- Lidder Valley Golf Course, Pahalgam
- Jammu Golf Course, Sidhra
- Gulmarg Golf Club
Mumbai & Around
City of Bollywood, Mumbai considers Golf as an elite sport. With a handful of golf courses, the city has a handful of golf courses that have developed with time and nurtured itself. These golf courses give an opportunity to pay and play golf. Golfnext Academy & Learning Center in Thane has top teaching professionals to coach the budding golfers.
Best places in Mumbai and Around for Golfing are:
- Willingdon Sports Club
- Bombay Presidency Golf Club
- United Services Club Golf Course
- Hakone Mini Golf Club
- Bombay Presidency Golf Club Limited
- Royal Palms Golf Country Club