Delhi (Lodhi) - Northern India - India

Delhi Golf Club,
Dr. Zakir Hussain Road,
New Delhi 110 003,

  • (91 11) 2436 5105

  • Rajiv Hora

  • General J.H. Wilkinson (1951), Peter Thomson (1977 redesign)

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Indian roller, hoopoe, coucal and tree pie are just some of the many species of birds that can be seen at Delhi Golf Club. In fact, each hole is named after a bird, but if it’s birdies you’re after, you’ll need to be on top of your game, as Delhi Golf Club is one of India’s most challenging and foremost golf courses.

The oldest golf club in India is Royal Calcutta, which dates back to 1829, but Delhi Golf Club is the oldest in the New Delhi area and the site for the course was decided, one hundred years after the formation of Royal Calcutta, by a golfing Scotsman who had a passion for excavation and hoped to find archaeological treasure while building the course. Why a hundred-year gap? Well, for some reason unbeknown to us, the British decided to move India’s capital city from Calcutta to Delhi prior to the Great War. We know not why the capital moved, but we do know that despite the fact that the Delhi course is located in the middle of the bustling “new” city, it’s a genuine monument.

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 of a mighty empire are the two golf courses which occupy some 220 acres. The main 18-hole course – Lodhi – is a par 72 and additionally there’s a 9-hole “B” course – sometimes known at the Peacock course – which is a useful warm-up layout.

Delhi Golf Club (founded in 1951 and designed by General J.H. Wilkinson) was the inaugural venue for the Indian Open in 1964. Fittingly, Peter Thomson, who was the driving force behind the tournament, won the event. Thomson believed in the potential for golf in India and promoted an international competition that has since become an integral part of the Asian Tour calendar. The Australian then left his architectural mark on the course and redesigned the Lodhi in 1977.

More recently Delhi Golf Club became the first club to host a European Tour staged event in India. The diminutive former caddie at Royal Calcutta, Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia, won the inaugural 2008 Indian Masters with a score of nine under par and he also banked a pay cheque of €280,000, which doubled his previous career earnings.

In 2015, Delhi Golf Club was in the spotlight as host venue for the Indian Open, which heralded a return to the European Tour with the event joining The Race to Dubai for the first time. India’s Anirban Lahiri won the event, beating compatriot S S P Chawrasia in a play-off, to claim his second European Tour title only two weeks after his maiden victory.

Peter Thomson commented as follows:

Built on the rubble of the old Moghul metropolis, the Delhi course, set amidst the grandeur of such ancient architectural monuments, has a fascination and beauty all of its own. The fairways of pure couch grass – and the natural jungle rough – have a verdant greenness after the monsoon rains which suggests coolness in an otherwise torrid climate.

The layout has undergone several changes. At one time it ranged over wider territory, but the club now confines twenty-seven holes within a tight boundary, the main eighteen forming a championship course of high merit. It combines the need for length with a demand for extreme directness. Drives that curl into the wild bush rough are invariably unplayable, so necessitating the almost mandatory employment of an “agi-wallah”, who performs the function of a fore-caddie while understudying the more responsible job of caddie.

The club is a delightful meeting place for many of Delhi’s sporting citizens and diplomats.

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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 Reviews: 2

It is an imposing facility as one drives in. Great practice range / practice green. course is well designed - long in parts - great fairways - greens get a bit grainy in the winters - but over all a great course to play. Back nine is asthetically not that pretty and have some challenging holes. Short par 17th is a hole that is difficult to find a way to play - and a spectacular 18th - with a second ot third shot over water depending upon your house leave' s a bit to be desired - a dark bar , small changing rooms - well stocked pro shop, though.prices are big dampener - a round of golf leaves you poorer by 4000 Rs - thats true of most high end courses in the delhi area - and preclude regular playing. i would rate this as a top 5 course in india
5 / 6
Delhi (Lodhi)
January 13, 2011

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The Delhi Golf club is located in an area of 220 acres. It’s a hub to large species of birds due to its rich flora and fauna. There are around 200 tress planted in and around the course. The court was designed by peter thompsonin (1977 to 1978) and also hosted the first golf tournament at the Asian games in 1982. The course has all the facilities like Pro shop, restaurant, Bar, Card room and swimming pool. The course is connected road and can be a quick destination for the golfers.
5 / 6
Delhi (Lodhi)
March 19, 2009

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