Pune, located 170 kms south of Mumbai
has been the cultural capital of Maharashtra since ages.
Now a bustling city, the Osho Commune has put the city
on the spiritual map and gets many overseas neo-pilgrims
visiting it as well.
The western city of Pune has a wonderful course –
the Poona Club Course is spread over just 94 acres of
land and hence is not very long. But to economise on
space most of the holes on this par-71 course yardage
6604, have been given interesting shapes. That has made
it a thinking man’s course. The greens here are
among the fastest in Asia. The opening hole, a par-4
is a tough starting hole . There is a wall guarding
the left of the narrow fairway, while a thick clump
of trees runs along the right side. The green is fairly
large and elevated and thick rough and small ditches
punish those who overshoot..
Poona Club Golf Course is one of the oldest golf courses
in India, situated within half an hour's drive from
major industrial areas of Pune and very close to the
airport and the rail way station. Though the course
is within 5 minutes drive from the city, it is in a
quiet area. The course is a 6,198 yards par 71, 18 hole
golf course spread over 90 acres of land, which is the
largest in the Western Region. The exact date of establishment
is not known, but based on available records, tournaments
were being played since 1920, the first being the RWITC
CUP (Royal Western India Turf Club Cup).
Originally the course was spread over nearly 135 acres
of land, part of which was later taken over by the Government
for housing development.
When the British left India, Poona Club was thinking
of giving up the golf grounds, but thanks to a handful
of golfing enthusiasts, the course still exists and
over 30,000 trees have been planted since the course
was relayed between 1980-85 during the captainship of
the late Mr. C.S.Kirloskar.
Competitive golf is played throughout the year and
over 30 tournaments are held, the most prestigious being
the Maharashtra Amateur Open Golf being played since
1957, in which leading amateur golfers from all over
There are four golf courses in Pune, but the Poona
Club Golf Course is the only course available to all
golfers, including foreign visitors. The weather being
cool and pleasant, golf is enjoyed throughout the year,
unlike at many other places. Pune being a major industrial
town and close to Bombay, the flow of visitors is continuing
all the time.