Golf was introduced to Shillong in 1898 by a group of British Civil Service officers who initially constructed a nine hole course in an area called laban. It was only after the first world war that Shillong gained popularity as a golf resort for European golfers from East Bengal and Calcutta, and in 1924 the present 18 hole course with its picturesque club house was inaugurated.
The course is set in an undulating valley covered with thick groves of pine and rhododendron trees. The tight fairways are carpeted with an indigenous species of local grass which hardens the soil and makes the course tough to play. The longest hole on the course is the 594 yards, sixth, which makes it an extremely trying hole, and also one of the longest in India.
The tight fairways are difficult to negotiate in any case, but the task is made more trying by the number of out-of-bounds streams that criss-cross almost every fairway. Most of the approaches are uphill shots and even veterans opt to play safe. The greens are as challenging as the fairways. They are lightening fast and are invariable trapped by heavy sand bunkers. Not only is the Shillong course scenic and enjoyable, but it is also challenging. Obstructions don't come only in the form of bunkers and trees, but also rain. Shillong is just 56 km from the wettest place in the world!
Shillong Golf Club
Polo ground, Shillong.
Year of Foundation : 1898 - 9 holes; in 1924 become - 18 holes course.
Altitude: 1494 MS
Open: Round teh year
No. of holes: 18
Distance (Ladies): 5231 yards
Distance (Gents): 5873 yards
Additional facilities: Bar, Cafeteria
Clothing: Light woolens in summer and Heavy woolens in winter.