Playing Golf in India

Information on golf clubs, facilities and organisations in India…

The sport has a long history in India. The first golf club to be established outside the UK was the Royal Calcutta Golf Club in 1829. Some of the other oldest golf clubs in India include the Bangalore Golf Club (1876) and the Madras Gymkhana Golf Club (1877).

India has some particularly scenic courses. The Agra Golf Club has the Taj Mahal as a backdrop. Qutab Golf Course in New Delhi offers views of the 12th-century Qutub Minar, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Delhi Golf Club has many historical monuments within its grounds and is home to many species of bird.

Golf is becoming increasingly popular among middle-class Indians. Most golf clubs are private. There are a few public courses, some of which double as resorts. Most clubs require a handicap certificate, while others require players to take a “golf test”. A golfer must be a member of a club to get a handicap certificate.

The Indian Golf Union is the main national golf body. Members can play at any of its affiliated clubs. For more information on membership: Click here

Private Golf Clubs

It is difficult to gaining admission to a private club. Many have waiting lists that can stretch up to 25 years. Some operate a priority system whereby membership is dependent on candidates having parents who are already members, residency requirements, place of birth and endorsement by existing members. Membership fees range from US$1,000 to US$10,000.

India’s top private clubs include:

Public Golf Courses

Compared with private clubs, public golf courses are few and far between. Some large hotels have golf courses, but they may not be of international standard.

India’s public golf courses include:

For an extensive list of golf courses in India: Click here