Swinging through India

A Golf Odyssey

With the world’s fourth largest and second fastest growing economy, India is enjoying unprecedented prosperity in industries from film to software. Golf is no exception. The sport has a rich heritage in the country, going back to 1829, when the first golf club outside the British Isles was established in Kolkata. Now it is once again on the upswing.

In New Delhi, The Oberoi reflects a spirit of tradition and cosmopolitan flair. Convenient to shopping and tourism, the luxury hotel overlooks the historic Delhi Golf Club, its fairways dotted with ancient monuments. Ananda Spa, perched high above the Ganges River in the majestic Himalayas, is renowned for its mix of ancient and modern rejuvenation therapies—and guests can enjoy a round of eco-friendly golf on the challenging 6-hole, par-3 course.

I found some of the best golf in India in the area around Bangalore, known as the Silicon Valley of India. The 18-hole course at Eagleton Golf Village, a self-sufficient golfing oasis, is considered one of the best courses in the country, while the five star Leela Palace makes a perfect base for a round at the famed KGA Golf Course, redesigned by Peter Thompson.