Gallery2-The golf course at Tolly is a tight 18 hole layout with a number of water bodies .Narrow fairways & a mature tree cover makes this a course that places a premium on accurate play -Photo credit-Karam Puri
Gallery3-The longest hole on this course is a 510 yard par 5. The course has a 70.5_125 rating from the back tees -Photo credit-Karam Puri
Gallery4- The course has a floodlit driving range & is located centrally .Its just 1 km away from the other illustrious course in Kolkata - the RCGC .Photo credit-Karam Puri
Gallery5-The greens are Bermuda grass while the fairways are local grass . The Club was the brainchild of a Scottish banker. The clubhouse at this course is over 200 years old . Photo credit-Karam Puri
About this course
Founded in 1895 to promote all manner of sports, the Tollygunge Club, Kolkata (known affectionately as the TOLLY), is spread over a hundred acres with a Club House that is over 200 years old.The Club house and its vast grounds that sport an idyllic 18-hole golf course carry a rich store of legends, anecdotes and memories about them.The golf course is an oasis of green nested in the heart of urban Kolkata & is a 18 hole,6304 yard, Par 70 layout.
This course is also known as the Garden Course and is lush green, challenging and features a number of water hazards. The tree-lined fairways are wide while the greens are small, forcing the players to be accurate with their iron-play. The Tolly has also been one of the nurseries of Indian golf over the decades having produced many top class professionals. A floodlit driving range and illuminated putting and chipping green give you an opportunity to hone your skills even after the sun has gone down. The practice range, putting green and private lessons provide you with a one-of-a-kind golf experience. The club is located in Tollygunge a southern suburb of Kolkata only 9 kms from the centre of the city and is a 30 mins drive from Chowringhee Road. The Club Grounds cover an area of 100 acres. The Tollygunge Metro Station is a few minutes walk from the Club.
The Tollygunge Club was founded by a Scottish banker, William Dixon Cruickshank to provide facilities for games, sports and pastimes in the neighbourhood of Calcutta, and to afford to its members all the usual privileges, advantages, conveniences and accommodation of a residential and Gymkhana Club. The Clubhouse and surrounding areas carry a rich store of legends, anecdotes and memories and the Club has inherited a tradition of sports from its inception in 1895. Cruickshank partially leased and partially bought some of the property surrounding an 18th century Palladian garden house once used by its owner, Richard Johnson an employee of the East India Company and subsequently by Prince Gholam Mohammed Shah, the 11th son of the Ruler of Mysore, Tipu Sultan. The Club house is now over 229 years old.
Prior to the locality being named Tollygunge it was known as Russapugla, a densely forested area abounding in Sundari, Byne and Garjan trees which even today make up the bulk of the Sunderbans, the estuary of the river Ganges. The name Russapugla stems from two unique trees which grew here and also from Pugla Pir (the Sufi saint with remarkable powers) who meditated and died in the neighbourhood. It was renamed Tollygunge after Col. William Tolly was permitted to dredge the adjoining canal connecting the Ganga with the Matla and Vidya rivers and collect toll on all ships travelling from Calcutta to destinations in erstwhile East Bengal (present day Bangladesh).
PHOTO CREDIT - Photos of the TOLLY course are courtesy KARAM PURI