Southern India has some of India’s finest and most picturesque courses, primarily due to the efforts of the tea and spice planters who popularized the sport in the region.
Founded on June 24, 1876, the Bangalore Golf Club is the second oldest in India. It also has the distinction of hosting, with Madras, the oldest inter-club tournament in the country, which started in 1878 and is played alternately in Bangalore and Madras. In the days when railways and aircraft were still things of the future, golfers often traveled as much as 300 km on horseback and in bullock carts to participate in the tournament. The bar at the Bangalore Golf has some interesting memorabilia tracing the history of the club. The par 71, 6,650 yards, 18-hole course started with browns, which were later converted to greens. Scarcity of water is a major constraint in the area and the course has few water hazards. Besides trees and deep ditches, the major hazard on course is the Bangalore crow, which often picks up the ball, mistaking it for egg. It is therefore, not surprising that the logo of the Bangalore Golf Club crow with a ball in its beak. Though the fairways at the Bangalore Golf Club are fairly dry and sandy, the greens are lush and well manicured. Drives have to be well planned to avoid the rocky parts of the fairway, where the ball tends to veer off and change direction. Large bunkers invariably trap the greens. A large number of flowering trees, which include the colorful gulmohar, palm and eucalyptus, are planted along the tight fairways. The course is remarkable in the 18 holes have been packed into just 60 acres of land. The second course at Bangalore is more recent, and came about after the government recognized golf as a major tourist attraction and acquired 126 acres of land near the airport for the Karnataka Golf Association. Peter Thompson, the internationally known golf architect, was chosen to design the course, and nine of the 18 holes have already been laid out.
Bangalore is the garden city of India. Capital of the southern state of Karnataka, Bangalore has a salubrious climate with moderate annual temperatures, making it an ideal health resort. Bangalore has also emerged as a major commercial center and a large number of industries and trading houses have moved here. Tipu Sultan was fond of good living, and built gardens and palaces throughout his state.
Bangalore also presides over a very fascinating state of India, Karnataka, that harbors a diversity of interests such as the ruins of Vijayanagara, sculptural wonders of Belur and Hale bid, the gigantic mausoleum of Bijapur, the golden sands of Karavali, the proud hills of Kodagu, the forests of Bandipur, Nagarhole and Bannerghata, wild and winsome Chikmagalur with its mountains and coffee plantations, and majestic Mysore. Bangalore has a rich tradition of handicrafts. Mysore silks, sandalwood, ivory, brass and rosewood inlay, clay toys and Lambani jewellery are but a few of the specialties that are stocked in the city’s emporia.
Course Details: 18 Holes, Par 71, and Yardage 6703/5414
General Info: Public Course
Open: Round the year (Monday Closed)
Best Season: Round the year (Monday Closed)
Additional Facilities: Bar & Restaurant, Conference Hall
Accommodation: 10 Double Rooms, 01 Single room & 01 Family Suite
Club Address: No. 2, Sankey Road, High Grounds, Bangalore - 560001