Golf in Lucknow
(Every day 0500 hrs – pickup time from your city hotel)
India was the first country outside of Great Britain to take up the game of golf. The Royal Calcutta Golf Club, established in 1829, happens to be the oldest golf club in India, and the first outside Great Britain. A little later La Martiniere Golf Club was established in Lucknow, much before golf came to Delhi.
At that time river Gomti was a vibrant clean flowing river noted for fish, fowl and pearls. In such idyllic surroundings the white sahibs, wielded Brassie (fairway woods) and Niblicks (wedges), while their `Madam Sahibs’, trotted up and down in riding breeches on what has since become, Kalidas Marg. The present club-house did not exist then. The first tee was laid out somewhere near the present Haider Canal (which is adjoining the present Lohia Path road to Gomti Nagar). The course was open to the members of the United Services Club and a select few `brown sahibs’ (Indian elites) and ‘Talukdars’ (Indian landlords).
Spreading over 70 acres, it offers 9 holes, par 71 challenging golf course, measuring 6391 yards. The course features lush green fairways, large old trees, and two water hazards. The best and the longest hole on the golf course is hole 07 that plays 584 yards from Men’s tee.
On this tour you not only play a game of golf, but also enjoy some bird watching, with vivid varieties of birds that flock the area. Also, watch the little ones go to school at La Martiniere and watch the boys assemble for their morning assembly, that indeed is a pleasant sight to behold.
INR 7000 Per guest (based on shared transport basis)
Includes cost of an air-conditioned exclusive transport on shared basis, services of a caddie, cost of golfing kit, unlimited tea/coffee during breaks.
This tour picks you up at 0500 hrs in summers, while in winters it would be 0600 hrs. The total duration is 3 hours. Breakfast is on schedule as per room booking at the hotel. We recommend golfers to carry their own kit, though kits in limited numbers are available with us as well and we can offer the same at no extra cost
Know a bit about Golf….
While the modern game of golf originated in 15th century Scotland, the game’s ancient origins are unclear and much debated. Some historians trace the sport back to the Roman game of paganica, in which participants used a bent stick to hit a stuffed leather ball. One theory asserts that paganica spread throughout Europe as the Romans conquered most of the continent, during the first century BC, and eventually evolved into the modern game. The first written record of golf is James II’s banning of the game in 1457, as an unwelcome distraction to learning archery. To many golfers, the Old Course at St Andrews, a links course dating to before 1574, is considered to be a site of pilgrimage. Golf is documented as being played on Musselburgh Links, East Lothian, Scotland as early as 2 March 1672, which is certified as the oldest golf course in the world by Guinness World Records. The oldest surviving rules of golf were compiled in March 1744 for the Company of Gentlemen Golfers, later renamed The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which was played at Leith, Scotland. The world’s oldest golf tournament in existence, and golf’s first major, is The Open Championship, which was first played on 17 October 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club, in Ayrshire, Scotland.