Royal Calcutta Golf Club: The historical home of Indian golf

Entrenched in 1829, the ‘Dum Dum’ Golfing Club, later renamed as the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) in Kolkata, is the oldest Golf club in India and second the outside the British Isles.

King George V and Queen Mary conferred the title “Royal” to the Club in 1911.

The country over which the Royal Calcutta course is laid was originally paddy fields, and the course is so very flat and undulating.

RCGC, ‘Royal’ as it’s affectionately called, possesses a challenging 18 holes championship parkland course. This is a par 72 measuring about 7100 yards with a par rating of 74.5 and a slope rating of 138. It comprises two par 3’s, two par 5’s, and 14 par 4’s, which tests the skills of both an amateur and professional golfer alike.

Course at the Royal.
Course at the Royal.

Despite these facilities that the club offers, the RCGC has not been able to hold the Indian Open, the country’s oldest traditional professional tournament, shared between Delhi and Kolkata since 1964. The RCGC hosted the Indian Open 20 times between then and now. The Indian open now usually take place at the Delhi Golf Club. The last time the RCGC played host to Indian Open was in 1999 when Arjun Atwal won the tournament.

Greens at the Royal.
Greens at the Royal.

Royal is essentially a golf club and has maintained that character over the years. A real effort has been put in over the last decade to enhance the course both on the design and beautification fronts.

In past years, the club has to undergo a series of makeovers to bring it up to appropriate world standards and to make the course one of the best and most sought after in Asia.

Even last year, the historic club hosted one of the largest professional tournaments in the country ICC Open Golf Championship, which was a great success, and we hope that in the future, too, we might see some more major tournaments being held in the RCGC Club to restore the Royals’ reputation of being the prestigious St Andrews of Asia.

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