Indian Open

Organised by the Indian Golf Union, the Indian Open is a 72-hole stroke play competition on the Asian Tour which is recognized as the national open championship of India. Six years after it was founded, the event was added to the Asian Golf Circuit in 1970 and within a few years it was one of ten tournaments played annually on that professional tour. It’s been co-sanctioned by the European Tour since 2015.

Indian Open Championship Trophy

The first event was played at Delhi Golf Club in 1964 and it was won by Australia’s Peter Thomson, who finished four strokes clear of his nearest rival after four rounds. Thomson was a leading light during the formative years of the Open, stopping off in India on his way to and from other tournaments, and he went on to claim another two titles, in 1966 and 1976.

Delhi and Royal Calcutta shared hosting of the championship until the start of the new millennium, when the 37th edition of the Indian Open was held in 2000 at the Classic Golf & Country Club. Since then, both Karnataka Golf Association in Bangalore and DLF Golf & Country Club in Gurugram have also been used to stage the competition at their golf facilities.

It didn’t take long for a local golfing hero to appear. In just the second championship, amateur player Prem Gopal Sethi from Srinagar finished seven strokes ahead of an international field to win the title, having opened his account with two rounds of 68, He’d already represented India at the Eisenhower Trophy on four occasions before his victory and he would do the same again between 1966 and 1980.

During the 1970s, Peter Thomson wasn’t the only Australian golfer to enjoy success at this event. Graham Marsh won twice, in 1971 and 1973, as did Br...

Indian Open host courses

Delhi (Lodhi)

2nd Northern India - Best in Area 2nd India Ranking 83rd Asia Ranking

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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DLF (Gary Player)

1st Northern India - Best in Area 1st India Ranking 77th Asia Ranking

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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Karnataka

1st Southern India - Best in Area 6th India Ranking

It wasn’t until 1986, thirteen years after a golf course was first proposed for the Karnataka Golf Association, that a 9-hole layout was established on a 124-acre site in Challaghatta, close to Bangalore’s city centre.

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Royal Calcutta

1st Eastern India - Best in Area 7th India Ranking

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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Indian Open Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Vijit Nandrajog Courses Played 5
2 Madhav Courses Played 4
3 Tomas Eriksson Courses Played 3
= Venky Sadayappan Courses Played 3
= Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Played 3
6 Dave Finn Courses Played 2
7 Prakash Courses Played 1
= Sunil Mohan Courses Played 1
= Pankaj Khanna Courses Played 1
= David Tumbach Courses Played 1