Western India extends to just over half a million square kilometres, with around 150 million people inhabiting the four states and two territories that comprise the region. The coastal city of Mumbai, which was known as Bombay up until 1995, is the capital of the state of Maharashtra, and it’s the largest city by population in the country with more than 20 million inhabitants.
Royal Bombay Golf Club was founded in 1842, thirteen years after Royal Calcutta was established, but it didn’t survive. Two of the older clubs in the region that still exist are Willingdon Sports Club, formed in 1917, and Poona Golf Club, which was founded just a few years later.
Courses in the West include Oxford, a Phil Ryan of Pacific Coast Design layout that’s located in the Sahyadri Hills to the south of Mumbai, Aamby Valley, which David Hemstock established on a site near Pune, overlooking the Shayadri Ranges of the Western Ghats, and Bombay Presidency, where Nelson & Haworth redesigned the original late-1920s course in more recent times.