Golf in India

From the world’s highest course in East Sikkim to glorious greens in Goa, India is a true golfers’ paradise.

While the sport may be a legacy of the British Raj, golf has shed its colonial connotations to become a pursuit enjoyed by the many rather than the few. There are approximately 50,000 regular players in India, with the country having approximately 200 courses.

Some, like the Royal Calcutta Golf Club – the world’s oldest golf course outside the UK – date back to the early 19th century. Others, like the floodlit Western Ghats Golf Club at Aamby Valley City – a recipient of the International Property Awards’ Best International Golf Course prize – are magnificent 21st-century creations.

The result is a collection of courses that’s more diverse than anywhere else on the planet. Discover a hand-picked selection of the finest on our suggested luxury golf holidays to India.

Highlights

  • Teeing off at the prestigious Delhi Golf Club
  • Playing at the world’s second-highest course
  • Experiencing the novelty of ‘night golf’
  • Putting against an Arabian Sea backdrop in Goa
  • Taking in the cutting-edge course at Aamby Valley

Golf’s Golden Triangle

Departures: October – March          Duration: 12 nights          From: £2,750.00 exc. flights

From teeing off at India’s most exclusive golf club to playing a round at the world’s second-highest course, this two-week tour takes in north India’s finest golf destinations from a uniquely luxurious perspective.

Following the classic Golden Triangle route, inclusive of a three-night extension to mountainous Ladakh, you’ll not only sample some of the world’s most challenging – and most spectacularly positioned – golf courses, you’ll have the chance to stay in some of India’s best five-star hotels.

Along the way will be the chance to practice yoga from a golfer’s perspective, visit the ethereal Taj Mahal and experience first hand the rich culture of this most enchanting of regions.

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

Welcome to India’s mesmerising capital – a city of Mughal ruins, teeming bazaars and, most importantly, championship-level golf courses. On arrival, either relax at your hotel or venture out to discover Delhi at your own pace.

Day 2: Delhi

After an introduction to yoga you’ll tee off at Delhi Golf Club, whose 18-hole course is arguably the most prestigious in India. Later there’ll be time to visit New Delhi’s signature attractions, from Humayun’s Tomb to India Gate.

Day 3: Delhi

This morning’s ‘yoga for golf’ session is followed by a round at the Greg Norman-designed Jaypee Greens in nearby Noida. A visit to the spectacular 2005-built Akshardham Temple, with its thousands of carved deities, will follow this afternoon.

Day 4: Delhi to Leh

This morning you’ll transfer to the airport for the flight to Leh, high up in the Himalayas. After checking in to your hotel you can either spend the rest of the day at leisure or start exploring Ladakh’s liveliest city your own pace.

Day 5: Leh

Indulge in a high-altitude round at Leh’s Army Fire and Fury golf course which, at 11,500 feet, is the second-highest in the world. With browns instead of greens, this most unusual of courses has to be seen to be believed.

Day 6: Leh

Return to the Army Fire and Fury golf course for an additional round this morning. Later, there’ll be time to explore the local sights, namely the Shanti Stupa peace pagoda and the Tibetan-style Leh Palace, the city’s most iconic building.

Day 7: Leh to Agra

After a hearty breakfast you’ll transfer to the airport for the return flight to Delhi. On arrival you’ll proceed by road to Agra, a stop on the Golden Triangle and home to the Taj Mahal, where the rest of the day is spent at leisure.

Day 8: Agra

This morning you’ll tee off at the historic 18-hole Agra Club golf course, whose clubhouse offers views of the Taj Mahal. After catching a glimpse of its iconic dome you’ll have a chance to visit the ultimate monument to love this afternoon.

Day 9: Agra to Jaipur

This morning you’ll travel west into Rajasthan for the next stop on the Golden Triangle: Jaipur. After checking into your hotel the rest of the day is spent at leisure, though a royal-themed event will be laid on this evening.

Day 10: Jaipur

After breakfast you’ll tee off at the centrally located Rambagh Golf Club, an 18-hole course that’s regarded as one of India’s most esteemed. Players can also look forward to views across to the Nahargarh and Moti Dungri forts.

Day 11: Jaipur

Return to Rambagh Golf Club for another round this morning before exploring Jaipur’s signature attraction and Golden Triangle mainstay: the nearby Amber Fort. This evening you’ll witness a mesmerising Sufi dance performance over dinner.

Day 12: Jaipur to Delhi

Transfer to Jaipur International Airport this morning for the flight to Delhi. This evening you’ll have a rare opportunity to play an 18-hole round under floodlights at the DLF Golf and Country Club: one of India’s only ‘night golf’ venues.

Day 13: Delhi

Your final day in India begins with another round at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon, which offers superb views over the Aravalli mountain range. Later, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your international return flight home.

Accommodation

From New Delhi’s most luxurious contemporary hotel to a grand colonial palace in Jaipur, this tour features an exclusive combination of hand-picked, personally inspected five-star properties, each of which delivers the most authentic stay possible.

Further information

This trip is suitable for individual golfers, couples and small groups. For groups of between 12 and 15 persons a special rate applies. This includes activities like the royal-themed evening and Sufi dance performance that a group of this size makes possible.

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Golf's Wild West

Departures: October – March          Duration: 12 nights          From: £2,750.00 exc. flights

From a historic 85-acre golf course in central Mumbai to beautiful beachside greens in laid-back Goa, this two-week tour through Maharashtra and India’s smallest state is the ultimate luxury golf holiday.

In addition to playing at picture-perfect venues across western India, where the mountains of the Western Ghats are as much a fixture as the coast’s palm-fringed beaches, you’ll experience some of the region’s finest five-star properties.

Before teeing off each morning will be the chance to chance to practice yoga from a golfer’s perspective, while there’ll also be time to experience some of western India’s awe-inspiring attractions.

Day 1: Arrive in Mumbai

Welcome to Mumbai, home to the prestigious Bombay Presidency Golf Club. On arrival in India’s fashion, entertainment and business capital, the rest of the day is spent at leisure, either relaxing at your hotel or venturing out at your own leisure.

Day 2: Mumbai

After an introduction to yoga from a golfer’s perspective you’ll begin a tour of Mumbai’s premier attractions, namely the Gateway of India, the C-shaped Marine Drive and the Prince of Wales Museum. Later, take some time out in the spa.

Day 3: Mumbai

After a morning yoga session you’ll tee off at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club, arguably Mumbai’s most famous course. Designed by former British Open winner Peter Thompson in the 1920s, the venue was extensively redesigned in 2009.

Day 4: Mumbai to Aamby

Take the short flight south-east to Aamby Valley. After playing a round at the championship-level Western Ghats Golf Club, you’ll take in an illuminated musical fountain show before enjoying a barbeque at India’s first planned hill city.

Day 5: Aamby

From rock climbing to jungle safaris, spend today sampling Aamby Valley’s outdoor pursuit offerings or, for the less adventurous, the spa. This evening you’ll return to Western Ghats Golf Club for a round underneath the floodlights.

Day 6: Aamby to Pune

Travel south-east to the Oxford Golf & Country Club. Located to the west of Pune and surrounded by the Western Ghats, the setting couldn’t be more perfect ahead of this afternoon’s round. Later, enjoy a belly dancing performance over dinner.

Day 7: Pune

After another round at the Oxford Golf & Country Club you’ll make the short journey into Pune. On arrival you’ll visit Osho, a famous ashram-cum-resort known for its luxurious take of meditation. The rest of the day is spent at leisure.

Day 8: Pune

Today starts with a golfers’ yoga session before a round is played at The Poona Club. Considered one of India’s top-five courses, the venue, which is dotted with banyan trees, hosts approximately 40 tournaments a year.

Day 9: Pune to Goa

Transfer to the airport after breakfast for today’s flight to Goa, India’s smallest and perhaps most idyllic state. On arrival the rest of the day is spent at leisure, which in Goa means responding to the call of the palm-backed beach.

Day 10: Goa

After a yoga session or a stint in the spa you’ll tee off at Taj Exotica Goa’s nine-hole course, which happens to sit right beside a huge expanse of golden sand. This evening is spent at one of Goa’s famous floating casinos.

Day 11: Goa

After a morning yoga session and another nine holes at the Taj Exotica Goa, the rest of the day is spent relaxing beside the Arabian Sea’s lapping waves. Later, after watching a classic Goan sunset, you’ll take dinner on a yacht.

Day 12: Goa

Enjoy a final round at the Taj Exotica Goa this morning before exploring the historical sights of Old Goa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former capital of Portuguese India. The rest of the day is spent at leisure, perhaps back on the beach.

Day 13: Goa to Mumbai

After a final yoga session you’ll proceed to Goa International Airport for the short flight north to Mumbai. There’ll be time for some shopping before you wave goodbye to India and catch your international return flight home.

Accommodation

From a contemporary Mumbai hotel with panoramic Marine Drive views to a Mediterranean-style resort in Goa, this tour features an exclusive combination of hand-picked five-star properties, each of which delivers the most authentic, relaxed stay possible.

Further information

This trip is suitable for individual golfers, couples and small groups. For groups of between 12 and 15 persons a special rate applies. This includes activities like the belly dancing performance and other activities that a group of this size makes possible.

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Take the first step towards your dream golf holiday