Delhi Golf Club (DGC), New Delhi

(4.4/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
The Delhi Golf Club is Delhi's oldest and most prestigious golf club. It has very restrictive membership, with a waiting period of over 30 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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  • If you visit New Delhi and you love Golf then you have to play at DGC.The fairways are intimidating.Even the short B course is awesome ;not very easy;can be very frustrating. 
  • Though there are many golf courses around Delhi now, but this remains one of the most exclusive.Apart from the club house,there is a swimming pool,bar, a vast and varied menu plus outdoor open air lun...  more »
  • I played 18 holes on the course on a Saturday morning at the Lodge. 6.30, where they found space tip me in a fireboæd with three members. Must be out on the weekend so you have to be in good time and check first. There are a great many members who play at the weekend. The course is not long, but difficult because the fairways are very narrow and there are trees (read jungle) to both sides. So you must play the course with the inner side of the head. ... The track is located in the heart of Delhi and very beautiful. There are several very old buildings, including a very old burial ground on the track. I was lucky and got to play with some fantastic hospitable and friendly members. After the round they invited for lunch at the line's English-style pub. The only thing that pulls down on the round is the VERY old clubs and iron, which they have tiæ rental. So if you are not lucky enough to come out to play with with a friendly Member, who will lend his clubs out, so you come to play with URf.eks. old Ping Zing irons and a Big bertha driver from ca. 1985.. ... Remember to give caddien 500Rps when the round is over, no more and no less!!
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