Entrenched in 1829, the ‘Dum Dum’ Golfing Club, later renamed as the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) in Kolkata, is the oldest Golf club 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 is 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 slope rating of 137. 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.
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.
Walter Hagen, Pamela Barton, Peter Thompson, Payne Stewart, Charles Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal, Jyoti Randhawa, SSP Chawrasia and Anirban Lahiri have all been a part of the Royal golfing heritage and history but its bitter deterioration has brought in a lot of worry for the golfing lovers.
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.
The club is currently undergoing 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.
We hope that the concerned authorities will put in necessary efforts to restore Royals image of being the prestigious St Andrews of Asia.