Eastern India

The Eastern India region covers a vast area of more than 680,000 square kilometres, where an estimated population of 270 million people live within thirteen states and territories. Kolkata, which changed back to its original name from Calcutta in 2001, is the main educational, cultural and commercial centre in the region and it’s here that golf first took root outside of the United Kingdom.

The birthplace of golf in the subcontinent was Calcutta in 1829 and it seems that British Army officers and expatriates formed the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (there are no formal records available prior to 1874) which was originally named Dum Dum Golfing Club. The club then moved to the Maidan for a short time before relocating to its present site in the leafy southern suburb of Tollygunge in 1910.

Today, there are around twenty clubs in East India affiliated to the Indian Golf Union. Tollygunge is one of the better tracks, dating as far back as 1895, and it’s a short, tight layout that features old-fashioned design traits such as double greens and shared fairways. Pacific Coast Design has worked there in recent years, reviewing and updating both green complexes and bunkers.

Other courses of note include the hill station of Shillong in the state of Meghalaya (originally built as a 9-holer in 1898 then extended to 18 holes in 1924) and Digboi in the northeast state of Assam (as far east in India that you can play golf) – this 1930s 18-hole layout was carved from the Deihing forest, which is home to a variety of wild animals including elephants, boars and even leopards.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Eastern India

Royal Calcutta

1st Eastern India - Best in Area

Royal Calcutta Golf Club is older than any club in the world beyond the British Isles – older, indeed, than most of those in Britain itself.

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Tollygunge

2nd Eastern India - Best in Area

Just across the road from the Royal Calcutta Golf Club is Tollygunge. The extensive grounds of the club were originally an indigo plantation, laid out in 1781.

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Kaziranga

3rd Eastern India - Best in Area

Laid out within the Sangsua and Gartoonga tea estates near Jorhat in Assam, the course at Kaziranga Golf Resort is a Ranjit Nanda design that opened for play in 2011. It’s a tight layout, with water in play on six holes.

Digboi

4th Eastern India - Best in Area

It’s not known who fashioned the course at Digboi Golf Club when it moved to its present location in 1943. Since then, it’s been redesigned by “Tiger Kapoor, Lord JP, Sir Larry, Duke Deka and Baron Ahmed” – quite a list!

East Point

5th Eastern India - Best in Area

East Point Golf Club was formed in 1884 but the club’s present day course is of more modern vintage. Built in two stages, the first nine holes were ready for play in 1964, with a second nine following a decade later.