Golf was brought to Shillong in 1898 by a group of British civil service gentlemen who initially constructed a 9 hole course at an area called Laban. After the first world war Shillong gained popularity as a golf resort for European golfers from East Bengal and Calcutta & in 1924 the present 18 hole course with its picturesque club house was inaugurated. The layout of the new course was done by Capt. Jackson & C.K.Rhodes, who successfully preservied the natural beauty of the area while giving it an excellent layout. 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 even more trying by the number of 'out-of-bounds' streams that criss-cross almost every fairway. Most of the approaches are uphill shots & even the low handicappers opt to play safe. The greens are lightning fast & are invariably surrounded by heavy sand bunkers. The 372 yards, par four, 9th hole is a dog leg, and one of the most picturesque on the course. The tee off is from a pine grove elevated some 200 feet above the fairway. The tiger line is onto a steep ridge and to the left of the row of pine tree which demarcate the common eighth and ninth fairway. The second shot is placed into the elbow of the dog leg which is in a valley, and from where the green is now visible on a hillock ahead. The third stroke has to be lofted to gain height as well as negotiate the tight fairway. It requires a good chip and a lucky putt to get a par on this hole, as the area around the green is uneven, and the green itself extremely fast. Not only is the Shillong course scenic and enjoyable, it's also challenging. The biggest obstructions is rain what with it being just 56 kms from Cherrapunji – the wettest place in the world!
1. Par : 70
2. Holes : 18
3. Length : 5370 m
4. Hire : N/A
5. Facilities : Availability of Caddies, Club House, Bar.
6. Total yardage : 5873 yards
7. Caddies fee : N/A
8. Location : Shillong, Meghalaya
9. Best Season : Year Around
10. Annual Events : Club Event
Packages Available :
Sightseeing : Ward's Lake , Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls, Sohpetbneng Peak , Butterfly Museum, IUmiam Lake
How to get there - Shilong is well connected with Air, Road and Train
Tips,drinks and all that not in inclusions.