Delhi Golf Club (DGC), New Delhi

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The Delhi Golf Club is Delhi's oldest and most prestigious golf club of India. It has ultra restrictive membership, with well over a waiting period of over 50 years for prospective members. It is located on 220 acres of prime real estate on lease from the government, on Dr. Zakir Hussain Road, in the New Delhi Municipal Council area of New Delhi. It is close to Delhi's top tourist sites of India Gate, Humayun's Tomb, Delhi Zoo, and Lodhi Gardens. DGC comprises 18-hole course which is part of the Asian PGA Tour, and a shorter 9-hole course, and sprawling club house with swimming pool.HistoryThe original course, called the Lodhi Golf Club, laid out in the 1930s by the then Chief of the Horticultural Department, was much larger than the present walled area, and included parts of present Golf Links and Kaka Nagar. The Lodhi Golf Club, however, had few members, and was barely sustainable, except for a brief period during the Second World War when Delhi was awash with Allied officers who patronized the club. In 1948, the club had eighty members, and in 1951, when it became the Delhi Golf Club (DGC), its membership was no more than 120, and was barely sustainable. The Club was saved from dissolution by Indian officers belonging to the Indian Civil Service, including Dharma Vira, founder member of the DGC, who petitioned Prime Minister Nehru to lease the government land to the club at a low annual rent for thirty years. Since that time, the Government of India has favored the DGC with very permissive lease terms and low annual rents that have no relationship to the actual value of the land. The DGC has evolved as a favorite watering hole for senior Civil Servants, Police Officers and the business and social elite. The walled area of the club includes a large number of interesting Mughal archeological remains such as the famous Lal Bangla.
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  • A woman from Northeast India was racially discriminated by managers Ajit Pal and Sumita Thakur and was asked to leave the premises immediately. Their excuse was her "dress" . She explained that it was...  more »
  • This may not have been typical of the Golf Club as there was a major event concurrently in a big marquee outside the club house and we ate on the terrace overlooking the course. Good food and drink, s...  more »
  • Dgc offers more than just the best golf in town and that too in the centre of the city This is a great place to converge with friends on an evening and spend some quality time in either the main bar o...  more »

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