Talking of Golf Courses in Shillong, we get to acquaint with major the eighteen-hole Golf Course in the capital of Meghalaya, the Shillong Golf Club. Having its roots dating back to the year 1898, the Golf course was laid down by the British Civil Service Officers with only nine holes at a location called Laban. In due course of time, Shillong caught the eye of the European golf players from Calcutta and East Bengal and in the year 1924, the eighteen hole Golf course at the Shillong Golf Club was baptized by Captain Jackson and C.K Rhodes maintaining the natural warmth and freshness to commendable degree.
Covering an area of 5873 yards, and with a par of 70, the tight fairways at the Golf course of the Shillong Golf Club are made of an indigenous species of local grass which give a solid effect on the soil thus making it challenging for the golfers all the more. The sixth hole, at a distance of 594 yards, is the farthest amongst all the golf courses across India and reaching it proves to be quite a task for the golf players.
The Golf Course of the Shillong Golf Club is interestingly a hard taskmaster for its numerous out-of-bounds streams crossing the paths here and there, the uphill shots, the fairways snared by heavy sand dunes , all of which make things seem really tough even for the best in the business.
Of all the Golf Courses in Eastern India the scenic beauty at the Shillong Golf Club is awesome and gives the pleasure of sinking into nature and sports in equal measures. The bar and cafeteria come as additional facilities in this Golf Club to keep things at a more endearing level.
Teeing off against the lovely backdrop of orchids, rhododendron and pine trees coupled with a lot of fresh air to soak in, the Shillong Golf Club is relaxing and rejuvenating at the same time.