South is famous for its Golf courses and clubs. The known golf courses which offer excellent golfing in south India are, The Gymkhana Club Golf Course in Chennai, which was brought into being in 1886,The Gymkhana Club in Ooty, which is located at a whooping height of 7,600 feet. This picturesque course was designed by Ross Thompson and is located amidst the beautiful Eucalyptus, Oak, and Fir grooves. Another famous golf course is The Presidency Golf Club in Bangalore, established in 1876 and is a great golfing venue with the well-maintained greens.
The Ooty Golf Course follows the soft contours of down land, with it's tonsured effect of tree - bare heights, ringed with gorse and thickly wooded copses of Eucalyptus, Oak Rhododendron and fir in the Hollows. The altitude of 7600 feet a few degrees above the equator, provides a combination of light/thin air which is near intoxicant, and the ball travels much further than it would in plains because of the rarefied atmosphere.
At the golf course in Chennai, the green are well kept and the golf course lies inside the Gindy racecourse. The fairways at guindy are flat and fast and encircled by the out of bounds racetrack. The greens are lush and well maintained and also strategically located, mostly along the track. Hazards on the course include thick rough, bunders, and water tanks, also unpredictable obstructions like the racehorses on their workouts. The first hole on this course is a heavy looking PAR 04 at 415 yards; it however takes a calculated and well-lofted drive to avoid the bunkers placed on the fairway, 130 yards from the tee. The second hole is an easy PAR 03 at 170 yards, with a tricky green, at the gradient of almost 30 degrees. Overnight to be spent at hotel.
The Bombay presidency Golf Club is a green heaven amidst a concrete jungle. The area is about 110 acres. Presidency's fairways are narrow and tight, but its greens are undoubtedly the best in the country, the real test at presidency, however, is the variable and shifting sea breeze, which could fox even the most experienced player. It is not a difficult course, it's not too long, not too narrow, and yet not an easy course to break par.