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Golf in India began as far back as 1829. It was introduced by Great Britain, with the first golf club, the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) established in Calcutta.
After that, a series of golf clubs sprung up all around the country notably in Bombay and Bangalore, where the British colonists held sway.
The Royal Bombay Club was established in 1842 and was followed by the Royal Bangalore Club and the Shillong Club in 1876 and 1886 respectively.
Golf was brought to the national level in 1892. This was when the Royal Calcutta Golf Club hosted the Amateur Golf championship.
This tournament became the second oldest tournament in the world after the famous British Open.
December 1955 saw a transition. That year a group of golf players in the country formed the Indian Golf Union (IGU).
This organisation became solely responsible for the management and promotion of golf the country.
Over the years, under the patronage of the world amateur Golf Council, the IGU took steps to raise the standard of the sport in the country.
1958 was the landmark year for golf in India. From this year onwards, national tournaments were held alternately in Bombay, Calcutta and Delhi.
Then came the inauguration of the Indian Open Tournament in 1964 and since then there has been no looking back.
Over the last decade golf has grown leaps and bounds with names like Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal, and Ali Sher rising above the rest.
Since then, Anirban Lahiri and Rashid Khan are young players inspiring the youth, with female players like Sharmila Nicollet and Vani Kapoor bringing the game to the fairer sex.
But, most golf clubs around the country are under the control and command of the Indian armed forces, which affords their children a much better chance to excel in the sport than others.
Until public courses spring up then, golf is and will continue to be considered, an elitist sport.