Northern India

The ten States and Union Territories within our Northern India region cover an enormous area of more than one and a half million square kilometres in which more than 500 million people live. Many residents live on the Indus-Gangetic Plain, avoiding the less hospitable Himalayas to the north and the Thar desert to the west, where it forms a natural boundary between India and Pakistan.

The largest city in this region, Delhi, is home to around 25 million people and it’s reckoned to be one of the biggest urban areas in the world. It contains more golf facilities than any Indian city so it’s an obvious “must visit” destination for any visiting golfer, who will experience both old and modern design influences within a reasonable distance from the central business district of New Delhi, the capital.

Delhi Golf Club was formed in 1951, though golf had been played on a municipal course at the same site since the 1930s. The original 18-hole layout was redesigned by Peter Thomson in the late 1970s, when he fashioned a new 18-hole course called the Lodhi and a 9-hole course called the Peacock. Monuments and tombs are dotted around the property, affording it a rather unique atmosphere.

Of a more recent vintage, the new millennium developments at Jaypee Greens and ITC Classic were fashioned by Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus, respectively, so the construction components of these courses are right up to date. Another modern 27-hole facility, DLF Golf & Country Club, has been designed by Arnold Palmer and Gary Player so there’s absolutely no shortage of big name designers in and around New Delhi.

Further afield, the tree-lined track at Chandigarh Golf Club dates back to 1962, the 18-hole layout at Rambagh Golf Club in Jaipur which overlooks the Moti Dungair Palace and Nahargarth Fort was set out even earlier in 1944, and the course at Agra Golf Club (with its 10 greens and 18 tees) was first established in 1904 as a green buffer to restrict development near the Taj Mahal.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Northern India

DLF (Gary Player)

1st Northern India - Best in Area

The DLF Golf & Country Club now has 27 holes at its disposal, the 18-hole Gary Player course and a 9-hole Arnold Palmer course, which still retains its floodlighting for those seeking a night time golfing experience.

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Description: The DLF Golf & Country Club now has 27 holes at its disposal, the 18-hole Gary Player course and a 9-hole Arnold Palmer course, which still retains its floodlighting for those seeking a night time golfing experience. Rating: 6 out of 6

Delhi (Lodhi)

2nd Northern India - Best in Area

Delhi golf course, or the Lodhi, as it is known locally, is brimming with reminders of bygone times predating the Moghul Empire. Amongst the ruined tombs are two golf courses which occupy some 220 acres.

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Description: Delhi golf course, or the Lodhi, as it is known locally, is brimming with reminders of bygone times predating the Moghul Empire. Amongst the ruined tombs are two golf courses which occupy some 220 acres. Rating: 5 out of 6

Royal Springs

3rd Northern India - Best in Area

The RTJ II-designed Royal Springs golf course is located overlooking Dal Lake with a backdrop of the Zabarwan Hills.

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Description: The RTJ II-designed Royal Springs golf course is located overlooking Dal Lake with a backdrop of the Zabarwan Hills. Rating: 6 out of 6

Jaypee Greens

4th Northern India - Best in Area

Opened for play in 2000, Jaypee Greens is Greg Norman’s first – and, so far, only – Indian design. Intended as the golfing centrepiece of a 430-acre residential development...

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Description: Opened for play in 2000, Jaypee Greens is Greg Norman’s first – and, so far, only – Indian design. Intended as the golfing centrepiece of a 430-acre residential development... Rating: 5 out of 6

Classic (Ridge & Valley)

5th Northern India - Best in Area

The Ridge & Valley nines at the Classic Golf Resort comprise the first Jack Nicklaus signature golf course in South Asia.

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Description: The Ridge & Valley nines at the Classic Golf Resort comprise the first Jack Nicklaus signature golf course in South Asia. Rating: 5 out of 6

Golden Greens

6th Northern India - Best in Area

The links-like 18-hole 7,100-yard championship course was carved through the meandering desert dunes of the Aravalli Range.

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Panchkula

7th Northern India - Best in Area

Situated within a 135-acre property on the outskirts of Chandigarh, the course at Panchkula Golf Club lies on the banks of the river Ghaghar. Opened for play in 2003, it’s a public sports facility run by the state government of Haryana.

Pahalgam

8th Northern India - Best in Area

Situated close to Mount Kolahoi in the Himalayas, the Hill Station layout at Pahalgam Golf Club is a mountain course that will take your breath away, quite literally, as it’s set out at an altitude of 7,250 feet above sea level.

Chandigarh

9th Northern India - Best in Area

Unveiled in 1962, the 18-hole layout at Chandigarh Golf Club sits on the southern shores of Sukhna Lake, where more than fifty years of tree growth means the course is now a really tight track, requiring pinpoint accuracy on every hole.

Noida

10th Northern India - Best in Area

Opened for play in 1993, Noida Golf Course is shoehorned into a 97-acre site to the southeast of New Delhi and there’s a large monument by the 16th teebox commemorating the 1803 Battle of Delhi between the British and Marathas.