Southern India

Map of Southern India


The five States and three Union Territories that constitute the Southern India region account for around 20% of India’s land mass and it’s here that more than 250 million people live. Peninsular in shape, the region’s coastline runs from the Bay of Bengal in the East, past Kanyakumari (formerly Cape Comorin) in the south to the Arabian Sea in the West, with an astounding 89 ports situated along this seaboard.

Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore) in the state of Karnataka, Chennai (once known as Madras) in Tamil Nadu and Hyderabad in Telangana are where the largest groups of inhabitants live in South India and each of these three sprawling cities has a metropolitan population of more than seven million people. Unsurprisingly, most of the courses in the region are located around these large conurbations.

The course at Bangalore Golf Club is the oldest outside the British Isles and Continental Europe, having been established in 1876 on a site that was previously used as a rifle range by the Pioneer Regiment stationed in the city. The original 12-hole layout was recorded as a full 18-hole course in 1919 and it underwent a major new millennium makeover by Pacific Coast Design, with the fully grassed course reopening in 2002.

There are three top tracks around Bengaluru currently listed in our Indian Top 20 chart. Karnataka is a Peter Thomson-designed layout located near the city centre, Eagleton is a late-1990s Pacific Coast Design creation situated an hour’s drive southwest of the central business district and the semi-private course at Prestige Golfshire, which lies in Nandi Hills, some 50 kilometres north of downtown Bengaluru.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Southern India


1st Southern India - Best in Area

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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Prestige Golfshire

2nd Southern India - Best in Area

Designed by Bob Hunt from PGA Design Consulting in the UK, the semi-private resort course at Prestige Golfshire is set out close to the Nandi Hills, a mere half an hour’s drive from Kempegowda International Airport.


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Zion Hills

3rd Southern India - Best in Area

Formerly known as Champion Reef Golf County, the Ron Fream-designed course at Zion Hills Golf County is the sporting centrepiece of a residential development that’s situated less than a 90-minute drive east of Bengaluru.


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Boulder Hills

4th Southern India - Best in Area

The Boulder Hills Golf & Country Club course is the sporting focal point of a substantial real estate development to the west of Hyderabad in the centre of the new Gachibowli township, which been described as an “IT suburb”.


5th Southern India - Best in Area

Eagleton is generally friendly from the tee with wide fairways and not too punishing rough. The greens hold many subtle breaks, which will catch out even the very best short game.


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6th Southern India - Best in Area

Established in 1992, the public course at Hyderabad Golf Club is a joint venture between the Hyderabad Golf Association and the Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation, with fourteen holes set out inside the ancient citadel of Golkonda Fort.


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Clover Greens

7th Southern India - Best in Area

Part of an integrated real estate project, the 18-hole course at Clover Greens lies within a 170-acre property to the southeast of Bengaluru, where Pacific Coast Design built the layout to blend in with its environment in 2006.

Wellington Gymkhana

8th Southern India - Best in Area

Nestled in the green hills of the Nilgris, Wellington Gymkhana Club can trace its origins back to 1873. It’s not known exactly when the golf course was originally laid out but it was expanded to an 18-hole layout in 1928.


9th Southern India - Best in Area

Founded in 1895, Kodaikanal Golf Club nestles 7,000 feet above sea level in the Palani Hills, between Madurai and Coimbatore. The course was extended to an 18-hole layout in the early 1950s and its brown were converted to greens in 1986.


10th Southern India - Best in Area

Bangalore Golf Club’s course is the second oldest still in use outside the British Isles (Pau GC moved to a new course in France a year earlier, in 1875) and it’s been played as an 18-hole layout for more than a hundred years now.

Southern India Leaderboard

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