It was in 1973, that a group of avid golfers from Karnataka, embarked on a mission of identifying Bangalore as the golfing capital of South India. The search for a suitable site for an international standard golf course started in right earnest and in May 1980, the then Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri. R Gundu Rao personally took the initiative to hand over 125 acres of land in Challaghatta to the Karnataka Golf Association.
The next five years were spent in fund raising and working with the renowned golf course architects M/s Thomson Wolveridge and Associates of Australia headed by British Open Winner Peter Thomsom. The proposed SAARC heads of states meeting at Bangalore in 1986 proved to be the catalyst for the central government infusing funds for the golf course project.
The then chief minister of Karnataka, Shri Ramakrishna Hegde, himself an avid golfer, made available Rs.25 lakhs and in December 1986, 9 holes were completed and opened well before the conference. Three years later, in May 1989, all eighteen holes were completed and the Karnataka Golf Association championship course was offered to the playing members.