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Golf in Bengaluru

KGA

Thanks to great weather all round the year. Bengaluru boast of some of the BEST golf courses in India..

1.KGA (Karnataka Golf Association)

Founded in 1973, the Karnataka Golf Association course designed by Peter Thompson is a 18 hole Championship course, with a Club House of 30, 000 sq. ft. in a 126 acres area next to the HAL airport.

One of India’s top & busiest golf course, the KGA is a challenging 7228 yard, 72 Par course which was redesigned and relayed in 2008. With water in play on 16 holes, tifdwarf greens and a mature tree line, it’s a course which can challenge the best of the golfers.

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KGA has a well equipped gym, a swimming pool, bar, excellent catering facilities and is rated among the topmost and most sought after social clubs in Bangalore. The course have host a number of prestigious golf events, including the Indian Open and have earned a reputation of the best club in Southern India. Even though entry is for members only, one can play golf as a guest / tourist by paying the green fees.

Other Facts on KGA

  • Awarded “Best Course in India 2010” by the Asian Golf Monthly Annual Awards
  • Nominated among “Rolex World’s 1000 best courses”
  • The KGA course was partially redesigned and fully re-laid using the expertise of Swan Golf Designs, UK in 2008 when the entire level of the course was raised by an average of 3 feet so that the course remains playable 12 months of the year
  • KGA records approximately 1,20,000 rounds of golf in a year, making it arguably the busiest course in the country
  • The driving range of KGA with space for 40 golfers to practice simultaneously sees approximately 42,00,000 practice shots hit in a year

Karnataka Golf Association

No.1, Golf Avenue, Kodihalli, Off. Airport Road, P.B.No. 817, Bangalore – 560 008 Telephone + 9180-4009 0000 / 01 Pro Shop 080- 42043298 Email golf@kga.in

2.Champion Reef Golf County:

A world-class championship course designed by a living legend Ron Fream!

Named after one of the world’s deepest gold mines located in the neighboring Kolar Gold Fields and spread over 150+ acres, this 18-hole, 72 par, 7000 yards course is designed to challenge the best and yet inspire the aspiring golfer.

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Carefully crafted to conserve water and take advantage of beautiful natural lakes and generous rocky outcroppings on the site, the course has many unique features; tees built into granite shelves, ball flights across rocky slabs and exquisite bent grass greens weaving through rusty boulders.

With Bangalore’s air-conditioned golfing weather, this great course guarantees ecstasy, frustration and addiction for any keen golfer! Located near Kolar, an hour drive from downtown Bangalore. For timesheet enquiries contact: Email : golf@championreef.com, Telephone : +91 99729 00558;

3.Eagleton Golf Resort:

A favorite course for some of the biggest Amateur tournaments in and around Bengaluru. Voted as one of the best courses in India the Eagleton Golf village commenced operations in 1999. The course even hosted a European Ladies Tour event.

At 7100 yards, this Par 72, 18 hole championship course is a pleasure to play at with changes in elevation, water hazards in play, 68 bunkers to avoid & a whole lot of mature tree line for company. The greens are Tifdwarf Bermuda greens & play to between 8 to 9 on the stimp. During tournaments the speed goes up to between 10-11 making them an interesting challenge.

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The golf course at Eagleton is designed by Pacific Coast Design (PCD) & is created in a manner that ensures all golfers find the course a joy to play – the pros from the 7100 yard championship tees ,do find it a challenge. The casual golfer similarly can play off the forward tees & still be competitive. With the resort set up which includes rooms, restaurants & other leisure activities this is a perfect weekend getaway. The Eagleton resort has also built a large driving range & training academy which has produced some very fine golfers at both the amateur & professional level.

Located an hour drive from Bangalore on the way to historic Mysore city. For tee times and enquiries:

Eagleton – The Golf Resort, 30th Km, Bangalore – Mysore Highway, Bidadi (Bangalore Rural) – 562 109; +91-80-2263-2222, Email : teeoff@eagletonindia.com

4.Bangalore Golf Club (BGC)

BGC is the oldest golf course outside of the British Isles. Established on a summer evening on June 24th of 1876, the land was previously used by an army regiment as a rifle range & training area. The course started as a 12 hole design & was transformed many a time the last being a redesign in 2000.

The annual tournaments between BGC & the Madras Gymkhana club (started in 1878) are the oldest inter-club annual matches anywhere in the world. In 2002 the fully redesigned course was opened & had the distinction of being one of the few courses in India that pioneered the use of recycled effluent water for irrigation of tees, fairways & greens. During the redesign the brief was to accommodate a 18 hole course in a 60 acre plot ( a rather tight squeeze), with a minimum of criss-crossing & without cutting a single tree.

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Phil Ryan, a gentle, soft spoken civil engineer turned golf architect who has vast experience in working in the Asian continent finally came up with a “new plan” which gained universal acceptance. The new plan sets in a totally restructured & landscaped course, that is tight & calls for a premium on accuracy with the huge tree cover & is a treat to play. Of the total cost of nearly Rs 40 mn INR, 90% was generated from the internal resources of the Club & the rest by generous donations from industrial houses & individuals.

The course currently plays to a 6118 yardage from the men’s tees as a Par 70,18 hole course. BGC along with Bangalore Club is one of the oldest & prestigious social clubs in Bangalore with few thousand elite members. Located at the dead centre of Bangalore city, one can play a round of golf as a guest or as tourist. Contact :

The BGC, No.2,Sankey Road, High Grounds, Bangalore-1, E-mail: bgc1876@gmail.com, Phone: +91 080 43494949

5.Prestige Golfshire

 

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Set to the backdrop of the picturesque Nandi Hills across 275 acres & developed by Bangalore’s most premium builder – The Prestige Golfshire Club. Dedicated to perfecting the art of luxurious living & a culture of leisure, it comes complete with ultra luxurious mansions, a planned 300 bed luxury hotel & the piece de resistance , an 18 hole championship golf course by PDA Design Consulting.

Measuring 7004 yards from the championship tees & employing the wild shaping of links courses and a distinctive bunker style, this 18 hole course offers rugged beauty as well as a tough-but-fair golfing challenge.

The most distinctive feature of British architect Bob Hunt’s creation is its amazing rippling fairways, reminiscent of the links courses of old. But there is plenty more to Golfshire Club to get the blood pumping. The mature landscape of the old farmlands has been retained as far as possible to provide a serene setting for the front nine while the back nine is more exposed to the elements. The course was built with undulating greens- several of which are two-tiered & deep, shapely bunkers. Vast lakes & streams run through the course providing challenging golf hazards as well as year round irrigation storage, ensuring that this golf course is one of the most luxurious in the country.

This is India’s first course to be managed by the TROON GOLF company & you can expect exceptional service levels here. The Golfshire club also has a fully equipped 100000 sq. foot club house replete with a restaurant ( The Falcon green), a Pro shop, Gym, Swimming pool & a wide range of amenities that will provide the perfect end to a challenging game of golf.

The Golfshire club is a 45 minute drive from the heart of Bangalore & a 10 min hop from the new Bangalore International Airport. Contact : PRESTIGE GOLFSHIRE
Nandi Hills Road, Karahalli Post, Kundana Hobli, Devanahalli Taluk, Bangalore – 562 110, Call: +91 80 28015800

6.Clover Greens Golf :

In 2002 a couple of techies from Infosys chanced upon a approx 200 acre plus plot of land on the outskirts of Bengaluru -Sarjapur-Attibelle link road. It did not matter that they had to negotiate miles of pot-holed roads before arriving at the Clover Fields residential layout, since once they were there, the entire idea of residents living on a one-acre ‘farm’, with state-of-the-art facilities and a 17-acre clubhouse, clear night skies, and an ambiance considerably cooler than Bangalore, immediately gripped them.

In 2006 with Pacific Coast Design (PCD -Australia) they decided to build a golf course here.

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The Par 70, 6000 yard course has large greens, changes in elevation, water in play & makes up for its lack of distance with some intelligent design. Now on the junior circuit this course has staged a fair share of tournaments in the recent years. It is also popular with Golfers from Chennai who come over for the weekend for a round or two of golf.

With a 250 yard – 2 tier design driving range, with 10 bays each the range cum training academy here is a great place to learn the game of Golf. The academy has trained professionals, a swing analysis facility, gym & a snack bar.

With Tifdwarf greens, water in play, changes in elevation, strategic bunkering & the wind – you can look forward to a interesting game of golf. The course will get more challenging over time as the tree line matures. Contact : Phone: 04344 203 024

Apart from the above 6 Golf courses, Bangalore has following courses which require permissions to play:

7. Army MEG, Bangalore:

MEG ( Army Course), Bangalore
Holes: 12/18, Yardage: 6438, Par: 72


8. Army ASC Centre, Bangalore:

Domlur, Airport Road, Bangalore
Holes: 18, Yardage: 6173, Par: 71


9. Airforce Training Command Sports, Bangalore

Near Mekri Circle, Hebbal, BIAL Airport Road.
Holes : 18, yardage: 5487, PAR : 70

 



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