Golf Tour In India
Most golfers probably do not know this but India is the first country outside Britain to take up the game of Golf. What makes golfing in India exciting is the diversity of its courses. There are golf courses in the mountains, in the plains, deserts and at beach resorts .The environment of each course is unique in its culture and history, highlighting all that makes India a diverse destination.
In India you can play golf almost anywhere, for golf is widely played by a cross-section of people in the country's often dramatic background. In the hills and high Himalayan vastness, in metropolitan cities and in small towns, by lakes and forests, or surrounded by tea estates, out in the desert and in old British cantonments... the flavour of India is visible everywhere that golf in the country is played.
The Royal Calcutta Golf Club, established in 1829, is the oldest golf club in India, and the first outside Great Britain. With the growing influence of the British in the Indian empire, the eighteenth century saw a mushrooming of new golf clubs in India. Wherever land was available and grass grew, golf found a new home.
The founding of the Royal Calcutta Golf Club in 1829 was followed by the now defunct Royal Mumbai. Golf Club in 1842 and the Bangalore Golf Club in 1876.
What makes golfing in India exciting is the diversity of its courses. Not only does it have the oldest golf club in the world outside Great Britain, but also the highest, at Gulmarg (altitude 2,700 meters) in Kashmir. There are golf courses in the mountains, plains, deserts and at beach resorts. The environment of each course is unique in its culture and history, highlighting all that makes India a diverse destination. In fact, it would not be wrong to say that one of the best ways to experience India is through its golf courses.
The year 1958 is a landmark in the history of Indian golf. For the first time, the amateur Indian Championship was moved away from the Royal Calcutta Golf Club to be played alternately at Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta.
The most important annual event in the calendar of the Indian Golf Union is the India 0pen Golf Championship, which was first played in Delhi in 1964, and won by the Australian golfer, Peter Thompson. Most of lndia's courses are well connected by road, rail, and air, and have excellent accommodation facilities. Unfortunately, India still has to rely on the West for golfing equipment, and visitors are advised to carry their own sets, with an ample supply of golf balls.
Golfing in India has come a long way, and a large number of Indian players now compete on the international circuit. Golf enthusiasts continue to grow in numbers, and new courses are added almost every year.