The Calcutta Golf Society
The Calcutta Golf Society

The Calcutta Golf Society

The Society was founded in 1953

The Society was founded in 1953 by ex-Calcutta golfers with the support of the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (’the Royal’). The Royal boasts the distinction of being the first golf club to be established outside the United Kingdom, in 1829. One of its founder members, lt Col Sir Hugh Lyon Playfair, was instrumental in reviving the game of golf at St Andrews. His fascinating life story relates to the Trophies shown here.

Who were these ex-Calcutta golfers?

Originally the qualification for joining the Society was membership, past and present of the Royal, Tollygunge and Jodhpur Clubs. Early members provided the Society with the connections, among others, with Walton Heath, Rye and Littlestone, against which the Society still competes.

Who and where are we now?.

With the inevitable decrease in potential members from the original clubs, we now welcome golfers with stong ties to the subcontinent. The Society is the representative of India in the tournaments among Overseas Societies in the UK. We have added a new match to our list of Club competitions: Royal Lytham & St Annes, and have revived an annual match against Royal Blackheath (arguably the oldest golf club in the world ...) We maintain a Fixture List of 11 club and society matches in the year.


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