“I love to play golf, and that’s my arena. And you can characterize it and describe it however you want, but I have a love and a passion for getting that ball in the hole and beating those guys”. –Quoted by Eldrick Tont Woods a.k.a World Champion Tiger Woods (79 times PGA Tour winner).
One of the trends of the last decade around the world is the growing participation in golf. Golf Is becoming a favourite pass time activity among the professionals and North East India also holds a special place in it. In 1829, India became the first country outside Great Britain to have a golf course
With golf courses spreading to every nook and corner of North East India and the growing popularity of the sport backed by the sightseeing of the spots – Golf enthusiasts are looking forward to visiting North East India for a holiday that inclusive of landscape and greens. Witness some of Golf Courses that carries a legacy with it. This has seen the spread of golf globally and the number of world-class golf courses has been steadily rising over the years as well.
Assam’s ‘tea-tees’ – golf courses in tea estates – are in a class of their own. There are some 20 tea-tees, natural and almost all with nine to eighteen holes. Within 200 km of each other, these golf courses are prepared essentially to enhance the lifestyle of the colonial era. Today, they are holding a special place for exotic holiday destinations where tee-putt is as exhilarating as the teapot. what Can be more amazing than A stay in the tea garden, playing golf and driving through the tea country!
In North East India, from Asia’s Oldest Golf Course “Jorhat Gymkhana Club” Established in 1876, where you not only move your golf stick but also witness centuries-old Polo games, Horse races or you can strike the black ball in the billiards table! to the Digboi Golf Courses surrounding the lavish oil township, where Asia’s first oil was dipped.
Going to further north, to the Himalayan ranges, 13025 feet above sea level, The Highest Golf Courses in the world, Yak Golf Course in Sikkim will give you an unforgettable delight.
Coming down to the 6,449 feet, The Shillong Golf Course is considered the “Gleneagle of the East” by the United States Golf Association Library and Museum.
Thus North East India holds many things and experiences you can never imagine for.It is World Most Unexplored Paradise for a reason. Come, visit for a lavish and luxurious exotic holiday over here and wonders around the valleys of seven sisters.
Here Are some of the Famous and exquisite golf course around the northeastern states of India.
Jorhat Gymkhana Club
The club’s golf course is list into the World Heritage list as the oldest golf course in Asia and the third oldest in the world. Built-in 1876 by D. Simmons. The club has been a venue for horse races, lawn tennis grass courts, swimming pool, billiards, polo, golf, cricket etc. ever since its inauguration. The Governor’s Cup is played here every year with a lush green 9-hole golf course circuit.
Digboi Golf Club
Digboi Golf Course lies around the vast expanses of dense forests, Exquisite tea gardens and the beautiful oil township, where Asia;s First drop of oil was dipped, The 18 hole Golf course sit in pride. Hosting tournaments, at both national and international level, and people come from all over the country to enjoy or take part in the events. The whole course stands over a huge 6309 yards of land and is considered to be one of the biggest in northeast India.
Shillong Golf Club
The United States Golf Association and Museum have given it the title of ‘Gleneagle of the East’. In the year 1898, Shillong Golf Club was established, as a 9-hole golf course at an altitude of 5200 feet. Captain Jackson and C.K. Rhodes converted it to an 18-hole course in 1924, and since then, it has been a favourite haunt of golf aficionados. The longest hole on the course is the 594 yards, Sixths, Which makes it an extremely trying hole and also the longest in India!
Margherita Golf Club
The Margherita Planters Club Golf Course is situated at Namdang Tea Estate of Mcleod Russel India Limited under the Williamson Magor Group of Enterprises & is about 2 Kms from Margherita Town. The course is supposed to be the best in Assam worth its topography, undulating fairways, the surrounding scenery & the hills on the north.
Kaziranga Golf Resort
Regarded as a premium exotic retreat destination, Kaziranga Golf Resort is situated at Jorhat Town of Assam. In a peaceful, serene, yet easily accessible location and is only 75 km. from the world famous Kaziranga National Park – a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO. The challenging 18 hole, par 71 golf course in the midst of a tea garden is a first of its kind in the world, Spreading over 150 acres in surrounding the lush greens its heritage is incredible. The posh Colonial Era makeover bungalows will make your stay more memorable.
Yak Golf Course
Located at 13025 feet above sea level, the Yak Golf Course has been listed as the World’s highest Golf Course by the Guinness Book of World Records.The Golf Course was initiated in 1979 and received its first makeover in 1979 by Brigadier J M Singh. It is an 18-hole Golf Course under measuring 6025 yards in length features fairways across natural mountain streams and ponds as hazards.It is affiliated to the Indian Golf Union.