Popularly known as the 'Princess of Hill Stations', Kodaikanal is a hill station and an ideal tourist spot in Tamil Nadu. It is known for its scenic beauty, idyllic surroundings and pleasant weather. Golfing in Kodaikanal is a popular form of recreation in the state. The centers of golfing in Kodaikanal consist of modern facilities and are visited by plenty of tourists and sports lovers.
The idyllic setting has paved path for the popularity of golfing in Kodaikanal. Golfing is a major activity and various golfing events and competitions are held in the area.
The Kodaikanal Golf Course is one of the premier golf clubs in the country. Established in the year 1895, the golf course is spread over around 6426 yards and consists of 18 holes par 71 course. It is laid over natural grasslands criss-crossed by streams and small hillocks. The course was designed by the British architects. The golf course is located around 6 kms from the main city.
Being located at a higher altitude, the movement of the ball is dependent on the wind pattern of the area. The sprawling vegetation of the area sometimes attracts wild animals like boars and deer. It takes around 3 hours to play all the holes in the course. The golf course is surrounded by gardens and lakes. The club house is delightfully decorated. In addition to the sprawling course, other facilities include swimming pool, health club, sauna center and Jacuzzi. There is also a well equipped meeting room and a restaurant where one can have a taste of mouth watering local delicacies.
Around 50 tournaments are held annually in the Kodaikanal Golf Club. Some of them are Palani Hill Open, Rudrappan Memorial Cup, Veday Cup, Contessa Open and A V Thomas Tournament. Major golf tournaments are held in the period between April and June. During these tournaments, the popularity of the Kodaikanal golf tours increase as lots of people come from various parts of the country to participate in the event.
Kodaikanal is also easily accessible. It is well connected with cities like Coimbatore, Madurai and Trichy. The railway and bus network connects Kodaikanal with other parts of the country.