People come to India for a variety of purposes, which include sightseeing, studying, business and even adventure sports. The country provides numerous opportunities for indulging in adventure and the options provided here include trekking, river rafting, scuba diving, parasailing, snorkeling, jet skiing, paragliding, mountaineering, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking and last, but not the least, GOLFING. Infact, some of the Indian golf courses are counted amongst the best courses in the world. Even the highest green golf course in the other, Gulmarg golf course, is situated in India only. In the following lines, we have provided information on the top golf courses in India.
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Eagleton Golf Village (Bangalore)
Location: Bangalore-Mysore Highway, Bidadi (Bangalore Rural)
Eagleton Golf Village, situated in the vicinity of Bangalore city, is one of the best golf courses in India. An 18-hole Par 72 course, it is spread over an area of approximately 170 acres. Located amidst lush green trees and picturesque landscape, the golf course provides the perfect opportunity to combine gaming with pleasure. Accompanying you in your game will be birds like storks and albatrosses, filling the whole atmosphere with their lively chirping. Get set to putt in style!
Delhi Golf Club (Delhi)
Location: Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg, Near Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi
Delhi Golf Club, one of the premier golf associations in the country, was originally known as Lodi Golf Course. It dates back to the year 1931 and is an 18-hole course, Par 72. The golf course is the favorite haunt of over 300 migratory birds, which come here every year. Adding to the beautiful scenery of the Delhi Golf Club are the historical monuments that remind us of the rich past of the city. The golf course organizes professional tournaments such as the Indian Open, part of the Asian PGA circuit.
Royal Golf Club (Kolkata)
Location: 18, Golf Club Road, Kolkata
Royal Golf Club is the favorite haunt of the upper class of Kolkata. The 18-hole golf course has a Par of 72 and was constructed in the year 1829. It holds the distinction of being the first golf club to be built outside Great Britain. Since then, it has been counted amongst the top notch golf courses in India. Though the terrain is mostly level, water tanks have been deliberately placed at strategic locations to more the course more challenging.
Grand Greens (Goa)
Location: The Grand Greens, Rajabaga, Canacona, Goa
Situated near the smooth white sands of the Canacona Beach, Grand Greens scores total points on natural beauty. The 9-hole golf course has a Par of 36, from each set of tees to measure 5878 yards for 18-hole game. An international standard golf course, it is the best for amateurs and novices. However, very few other golf courses in India will offer you the splendid ambience and excellent service provided at Grand Greens.
Bombay Presidency Golf Club (Mumbai)
Location: Dr. Choithram Gidwani Road, Chembur, Mumbai
Bombay Presidency Golf Club is counted amongst the oldest golf courses of the country. The golf course boasts of 18 holes, with a Par of 70/72. It is situated in the suburbs of Mumbai and has an "elephant pit" hazard on the 16th hole. Bombay Presidency Golf Club was initially built in the year 1827, but underwent major renovation and was re-designed by Peter Thompson. The golf course is not a very difficult course, with the width as well as the length being just perfect. Still, it is not at all easy to break par here.
Hyderabad Golf Club (Hyderabad)
Location: Hyderabad Golf Association, Satham Cheruvu, Golconda, Hyderabad
Hyderabad Golf Club is one of the very few golf courses in India, maintained by the Indian army. An 18-hole golf course, with Par 72, it is available for use by civilians also. One of the most endearing features of the golf course is that it comprises of a natural lake within its boundaries. Another interesting fact about Hyderabad Golf Club all of its holes have been named, either after historical figures or major historical events, like Waterloo (the 14th hole)
Gulmarg Golf Course (Kashmir)
Location: Gulmarg Hill Resort (around 57 km from Srinagar)
Gulmarg Golf Course, situated at an altitude of 2,650 meters, is the highest green golf course in the world. Though the resort remains open through the year, golfing can be done only in the summer months. This is because during winters, the entire region gets covered in snow. It is an 18-hole golf course, with a Par of 72. You can also avail of a temporary membership, if you plan to stay for a slightly longer time. Situated amidst snow-capped mountains, steep ravines and picturesque valleys, this golf resort is perfect for rejuvenating yourself!
Classic Golf Resort - CGR (Near Delhi)
Location: Off the Delhi-Jaipur Highway (35 km from Delhi international airport)
Classic Golf Resort holds the distinction of being the first South Asian Signature Championship Golf Course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Situated off the Delhi-Jaipur Highway, at the foothills of Aravallis, the golf course is spread over an area of 300 acre. It comprises of a Par 72, 18-hole, Signature Championship Course of 7114-yard and a par 36, 9-hole course of 3135 yard. The bunkers and water hazards created at tactical places provide the perfect challenges to avid golfers.