Gallery2- The Royal is a 18 hole , 6978 yard ,Par 72 layout with 42 water bodies ( the course is littered with small ponds & large water bodies) & 54 bunkers it is a tough challenge for even the best golfers . Photo credit-Karam Puri
Gallery3- View of the 6th green at the RCGC golf club .The hole is a 422 yard ,Par 4 design & is one of the tougher holes on the course
Gallery4 -The magnificient clubhouse at the Royal Calcutta Golf club has a story to tell
Gallery5- The course has undergone a dramatic transformation from 2011 & is now in immaculate condition . The course went through a redesign in 1996 by Peter Thomson .Photo credit -Karam Puri
Gallery6 -View of the green at the 11th hole at the Royal Calcutta Golf club (RCGC ).The hole is a 409 yard ,Par 4 design
Gallery7- The Royal as its known is home to numerous tournaments that are steeped in history including the Amateur golf tournament which is the 2nd oldest tournament in the world after the British Open. Photo credit-Karam Puri
Gallery8 - View of the 2nd green framed by Royal Palm trees .The hole is a short Par 3 - that plays to 151 yards only from the back tees
Gallery9 -The Royal Calcutta golf club started as a 9 hole course & then transformed itself into a 36 hole layout ,before 18 holes were given back to the govt for a residential project .Photo credit-Karam Puri
About this course
Royal Calcutta Golf Club affectionately known as the “Royal” is synonymous with the game of golf in this country. Founded in 1829, Royal is the oldest golf club outside the British Isles, the oldest being the Royal and Ancient, St. Andrews in Scotland, the home of golf. The Royal truly has a history that would be a treasure for the archives of the game of golf. In 1911, the club was honoured by King George V and Queen Mary, who conferred on it, the title of “Royal” to commemorate their visit to Calcutta. Much of the memorabilia connected with the history of the club is still preserved in the club house.
The course is today a 18 hole, 6978 yard, Par 72 course with a 73.6 /136 rating and hosts a multitude of tournaments. Located in the heart of Kolkata at Tollygunge it is eaily one of the most revered & talked about courses in India. Playing at the Royal for a lot of golfers is a matter of pride.
TRIVIA : The All-India Amateur Golf Championship is the 2nd oldest running golf tournament in the world after the British Open was actually an R.C.G.C. event. It was the Club that started the tournament in 1892 as a four-round stroke play championship.
TRIVIA : The course started as a 9 hole course & by 1925 had 36 holes .In 1972 the B course was given back to the government for a residential project
TRIVIA : The clubhouse, as we see it today was constructed and completed in 1914.
TRIVIA : Originally located near the Calcutta airport, the club moved to the Maidan and finally to its present location at Tollygunge in 1910. Meant exclusively for the use of gentlemen, ladies were very reluctantly admitted to the club in 1886, when the committee voted 43 against 13 on the condition that female members be allowed to use the course only in the mornings.
HISTORY : In 1907, the Club acquired 280 bighas of land in Tollygunge one perpetual annual lease of Rs. 15 per bigha. It also incorporated itself as a Limited Company. While the amount may seem paltry today, it was indeed then a princely sum. The ‘quirky ways of Babudom’ delayed possession of the land and it was only in 1909 that a nine hole course was finally constructed. The remaining nine holes were constructed over the next two years. By November 1911, the Club owned a total of 308 bighas and the target was now revised so that two 18-hole courses could be constructed. On November 5, 1912. :His Imperial Majesty the King Emperor had been graciously pleased to grant the title Royal to the Calcutta Golf Club”. The clubhouse, as we see it today was constructed and completed in 1914. The new course was completed in 1925 and Royal thus had 36 holes to offer to its
The Amateur Championship, which was being played at the adjoining Tollygunge Club, moved back to its home. After a break during the latter part of World War I, the Amateur Championship resumed activity in 1919 from when it would rotate between the R.C.G.C. and Tollygunge Club course till 1935. However, for the next 20 years R.C.G.C became the permanent home of the tournament.
The R.C.G.C also played a significant role in the formation of the Indian Golf Union (IGU), in 1955, the governing body of the game in India. It was on the invitation of Royal that representatives of several leading golf clubs converged in Kolkata, where the idea of having a national body to look after the interests of the game was mooled and accepted. R.C.G.C. was virtuallyl the governing body of the game in the country, enjoying almost a St. Andew’s like statute, till then.
CREDITS : Photos of the RCGC used here are courtesy KARAM PURI