Established in 1973
The Karnataka Golf Association was established in 1973 by a group of avid Golfers who made constant efforts towards establishing a Golf Course that would be the pride of Bangalore.
The Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) was registered under Mysore Societies Registration Act 1960 (Mysore Act No.17 of 1960) on 3rd September 1973 with the primary object of designing and constructin a Championship Golf Course at Bangalore.
The Sanction was accorded in Government Order No. HMA 62 MNJ 75 dated 31.12.1975 to breach the Challaghatta Tank Bed by the BDA and develop the whole tank bed and the surrounding area as a residential layout. However the Chairman, BDA had expressed his opinion that the costing involved in breaching and developing the surrounding areas for residential layout was unrealistic and therefore the layout was not feasible. Hence this decision was dropped.
The Government at that time having pleaded repeatedly requests of Karnataka Golf Association for the formation of golf course of international standard, deputed a team of officers from the State Government, BDA and the Divisional Commissioner-cum-Administrator, Bangalore City Corporation to survey the site and give their opinion on the suitability for constructing the golf course.
They found the area for the golf course and recommended that the Challaghatta Tank Bed area can be converted to an International Golf Course.
The purpose of establishing a Golf Course of International Standards which would provide a great boost to golf in Karnataka in particular and the entire South India in general. It would also give a great boost to the tourism potential of Karnataka.
The object of allotting the land to the KGA was to promote golf tourism by establishing a Golf Course of International Standards so that the Golfers from all over the world could take part in Tournaments and promote Bangalore as a tourist destination.
The KGA had approached the Government of Karnataka for allotment of suitable land for constructing a Golf Course. Based on the representations made by the KGA, a meeting was called by the Government of Karnataka on 17 August 1979 under the chairmanship of Mr., Narasimha Rao the Chief Secretary. The meeting was attended by all Senior Officers of Government of Karnataka as well as representatives of the Karnataka Golf Association. In the said meeting a proposal for constructing a golf course was discussed at length. In order to identify suitable land several proposals were examined and finally a decision was taken to use the Challaghatta Tank Bed which was in disuse near HAL Airport in consultation with Bangalore Development Authority after establishing suitability of the land for construction of a Golf Course.
Further a decision was taken to transfer the land from PWD to the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation, so that the KSTDC can lease the land to KGA for the above referred project.
Mr. R. Gundu Rao the then Chief Minister of Karnataka also realized the need of establishing an International Standard golf course at Bangalore and he facilitated in handing over 124 acres of the disused Challaghata tank bed at Bangalore to KSTDC with a mandate to develop an International Standard Golf Course.
Thereafter, a Government order No.HT 38/TTT 80 datd.17th May 1980 was issued for handing over 124 acres of land subject to survey to KSTDC. It was also decided that the KSTDC would join hands with KGA to design and construct Golf Course with the seed amount of Rs.25 lacs. The KSTDC vide their letter No.545/80-81 dated.30 May 1980 invited the KGA to design and construct a championship Golf Course and further agreeing in principal for leasing 124 acres of land by the corporation in favour of the Association.
The KGA accepted the proposal and thereafter an agreement was signed on 21st August 1980 between KSTDC and the KGA for the period of 30 years and the said land was handed over to KGA immediately thereafter. The establishment of golf course was a tourism oriented project.
KSTDC empowered the KGA as their Attorney vide General Power of Attorney Agreement entered on 08.06.1983 to execute on behalf of KSTDC all acts connected with the formation of the golf course upon the scheduled property.
In order to demarcate the boundaries of the land and to avoid encroachments the KGA requested the Revenue Department to carry out a detailed survey of the land. The Revenue Authorities after issuing due notice to all the survey and fixed the boundaries. A plan was also prepared and the same was handed over to KGA.
Based on this demarcation, the KGA decided to put up a fencing in order to protect the leased property. Whilst fencing on the Eastern and Western side was almost complete, the work on Southern side has been completed for substantial portion. Before the same could be completed some of the land owners on the Southern side of the Golf Course protested and thereafter stopped the work on the plea that by putting up fencing they would not have accessibility from the Challaghatta village to Ulsoor since they would have to use a round about route. A meeting was held with the representatives of the villagers and the land owners when it was pointed out that fencing was being put up in accordance with survey conducted by the Revenue Authorities. Despite this they have been using strong arm tactics by assaulting our workers resulting in the work being totally stopped.
The Association has spent more than a crore rupees for the developments of the Golf Course and further amounts are continuously being spent. In order to protect the equipment that has been laid on the Golf Course, the fencing work was completed.
In 1986 Mr. Ramakrishna Hedge, the then Chief Minister of Karnataka, made possible for early construction of 9 holes of the golf course by sanctioning Rs.25 lakhs. The mandate given was to establish a 9 hole Golf Course before the commencement of the SAARC Summit which was to be held at Bangalore
In consultation with KSTDC, the KGA invited proposal from various foreign architects for designing the Golf Course. After considering various proposals, it was decided to award the contract to M/s.Thomson Wolveridge & Associates, Australia This was approved by KSTDC also. The association obtained the necessary permission from the RBI for remitting the architectural fees in foreign exchange and proceeded with the project.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister held periodic review meetings to know the status of Golf Course project and as a sequel to this he reconstituted the Management Committee and specified few conditions in an agreement that was signed with KSTDC in the year 1986. In order to improve the financial position of the Golf Association, a directive was given by the Government to many Karnataka Government Undertakings to enroll themselves as Corporate Associates of the KGA. The Management Committee was also requested to raise funds from the private sector. With this a 9 hole golf course was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister on 28.12.1986 and this 9 hole were completed within the stipulated time for the SAARC Heads of State Conference held at Bangalore.
Subsequently, the work started on the remaining nine holes and was completed in a record time. The splendid 18 holes KGA Golf Course of International Standards was designed by M/s.Thomson Wolveridge Associates, an Australian Golf Course Architectural Firm. On 28th May 1989, a full-fledged 18-hole course was opened to golfers.
In the past the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka had constituted a Committee by an order to examine the rejuvenation of tanks in and around Bangalore and the committee comprised of Secretary – Revenue, Chairman – BWSSB Commissioner – BDA Secretary – Minor Irrigation Dept., Chairman – Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Commissioner – Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, Chief Executive Officer – Lake Development Authority, Director – Town Planning, as members; the committee was chaired by Hon’ble Justice Shri. N. K. Patil, a sitting judge of the High Court of Karnataka. In their report dated 26.02.2011, various measures for rejuvenation of tanks in Bangalore and around have been brought out by them. It may be noted that Challaghatta Tank is not listed in the report of the Committee and it is also to be noted that over 30 years the land is being used as a Golf Course of national and international repute.
During the year 1985, the Govt. of Karnataka had constituted an Expert Committee under the Chairmanship of Shri. N. Lakshman Rau, IAS (Retd) to examine all the drawbacks and problems relating to preservation, restoration or otherwise or existing tanks/lakes in and around Bangalore. The committee after going into the details has observed that the Challaghatta Tank located towards South of HAL Road and towards East of Domlur Layout was in disuse and they had recommended developing it as a Golf Course. Further the Committee’s recommendation in respect of Challaghatta Tank is “… The Committee has no comments as it is being developed as a Golf Course”. The Government in its orders dated 11th February 1988 had accepted the recommendations of the Expert Committee. The CDP has classified the KGA Golf Course area as a valley zone and the permissible activities are parks, open spaces and play grounds. The Golf Course is an activity which fits into the zone and accordingly CDP mentions the Challaghatta Lake Bed as Karnataka Classic Golf Course.
KGA has made large investments to develop the marshy tank bed into a Golf Course which has been constantly upgraded to a Champion Golf Course of international standards and thereby being host to many International and National Golf Tournaments of repute.
Karnataka Golf Association is managed its Managing Committee consisting of Five Government Nominees and Ten elected members of the Association who hold the office for a term of one year.
Karnataka Golf Association has spent over Rs.70.00 crores till now, to bring the Golf Course to an international standard. It has about 170 employees and is also providing indirect employment to more than 350 people.
To date, the Association has enhanced its self-sufficiency with the inclusion of a tertiary treatment plant constructed by M/s.Degremont, France and a world class automated irrigation system installed by M/s.Rainbird International, USA, befitting a fine golf course of global standard. The gymnasium in the health club was upgraded with state-of-the-art equipment and six more latest machines were bought recently to add to the latest TORO fleet of course-maintenance equipment. Flood-lighting of nine holes to begin with, extension and modernization of the floodlit driving range and extension of club house facilities are a few of the projects that will materialize in the immediate future. The KGA has indeed become a prestigious ‘Golf Destination’ in South India.
The Sultans of Mysore have left lalbagh, the Britishers the Cubbon park and we hope that the land mark left by our own Chief Ministers, the “KGA” would be preserved for the posterity. The land comprising of the golf course has lost the earlier characteristics of an irrigation tank, but with innumerable water bodies within the bed, it continues to function as a recharger of groundwater.
18 HOLE INTERNATIONAL STANDARD GOLF COURSE OF 7227 YARDS. FAIRWAYS ARE COVERED WITH BERMUDA TIFWAY 419 GRASS WHILE GREENS HAVE TIFDWARD BERMUDA GRASS, WELL MANICURED AND IRRIGATED BY AUTOMATED SPRINKLER SYSTEM TO KEEP THEM LUSH GREEN THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. THOUGH A LEVEL AREA GENERALLY, IT IS WELL CONTOURED AND CHALLENGING WITH 10 WATER BODIES AND 73 BUNKERS. NINE HOLES ARE FLOOD LIT FOR FACILITY OF NIGHT GOLF. DRIVING RANGE IS ALSO FLOOD LIT AND IS CONSIDERED LONGEST IN INDIA (350 YARDS)
Promotion of Golf
KGA is encouraging Junior Golf Programme which has more than 200 students on its roll. Number of Junior Golfers from this Programme has excelled themselves in the Southern Junior Golf circuit. Many Junior Golfers are also emerging now in the National Junior Circuit.
KGA is encouraging and providing financial support to number of Caddies who has taken up the game of Golf and have turned Pro. One of the Caddie bringing laurels to KGA is Mr. C. Muniyappa who won the Indian Open 2009. Amongst the top 50 Pro Golfers Mr. Dharma and Mr. Murthy, Caddie turned Pro figures prominently. KGA is also supporting number of Caddies who have turned Amateur golfers.
The Golf a sport has caught the imagination of the youngsters in India. A few Championship like Mr. Anirbhan Lahiri, Mr. Abhishek Jha, Mr.Jyoti Randhawa, Mr. Rohana Anusara (Sri Lanka), Mr. Siddiqi Rahman (Bangladesh), Mr.C. Muniyappa, Mr. Chikka Rangappa have participated in the recently held International Golf Tournament at KGA. For the young, this has been an inspiration, a number of golf training courses have been conducted in the last few years. These youngsters are being trained by the very best of coaches available.
KGA could boast of producing a number of Golf Champions like Mr. C. Muniyappa (Winner of Indian Open), Mr. Khalin Joshi (Winner of Indian Open Amateur, Bangladesh Open and Bronze Medalist for India in Fiji), Ms. Sharmila Nicollete (India No.1 Lady Professional), Mr. Trishul Chinnappa (India No.1 Junior and Gold Medalist in China representing India), Mr. Rahul Ganapathy (Winner of KGA, PGTI Pro Tournament). There are a number of young golfers at least three dozen golfers trained in KGA who are participating in National and International Tournaments and bringing Laurels to the City of Bangalore. This would add to BRAND Bangalore and Karnataka.
The KGA in association with Department of Tourism assist the golf Clubs located in Karnataka to promote Golf by providing Caddies Training, Professional Coaches, Free Range Balls and Golf Sets, and help in supporting junior golf.
The KGA Golf Course has also been hosting a number of dignitaries from the various fields like governance, sports persons etc. The noted visistors are the visit of Late Shri Fakrudin Ali Ahmed, President of India, Shri. Farook Abdulla, Golf enthusiast and ex Hon. Union Minister. Amongst sportsmen who have visited the KGA are Mr. Ricky Ponting, Mr. Jonty Rhodes, Mr. Kapil Dev, Mr. Martin Bicknell, Mr. Chris Broad, Mr. Gladstone Small, Mr. Clive Rice and others.
The KGA has the privilege of hosting many Championship Tournaments starting with the inaugural tournament during SAARC summit. Some of the Championship tournaments conducted by KGA are :
The Tourism Department and the KSTDC together have organized a few tournaments like Golden Chariot Golf Tournament and Toyota Karnataka Golf Festival at the KGA Golf Course.
Golf is a growing sport all over the world. It is used by some countries to attract tourists and one of the best examples is China. In fact the salubrious climate of Bangalore, a God given gift, calls for initiatives to develop Bangalore as a Sports and Leisure center. The potential of Bangalore has not been fully exploited, as there are only few golf courses in Bangalore. The KGA has understanding with most of the Start Hotels in Bangalore to enable the tourists availing the golfing facility of KGA and thus contributing to tourism. The KGA has reciprocal arrangements with four golf clubs in Karnataka, Twenty One Golf Clubs all over India and Eight Golf Clubs overseas.
KGA’s nature beauty
The KGA Golf Course is close to nature with beautifully crafted landscape, has water bodies with meandering water ways connecting the water bodies. Along the waterways and also all long with the fairway of the golf course, a canopy of selected flowering tress species like Gul Mohur, Royal Palm, Oil Palm, Silver Oak, Bottle Brush, Hole Mathi, Golden Bamboo, Tabubeas, Sisso, Bauhinia, Pride of India, Akash Mallige, Ashoka, Cassias, Neem, Flame of the Forest, Rain Tree, Mahogany and Shrubs have been planted and this gives a very natural look to the Landscape.
The KGA has about 4500 members comprising of entrepreneurs like Mr. Azim Premji, Mr. Nandan Nilekani, Mrs. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Dr. Vijay Mallya, CEOs and MDs of Corporates, Senior Functionaries of Corporates, a few MPs, MLAs and MLCs (both present and past), Government Officers from IAS, IPS, IFS & KAS services, a few members from higher judiciary, Members of Defence Services (Serving and Retired), International Cricketers, like Mr. G. R. Viswanath, Mr. E. A. S. Prasanna, Mr. Syed Kirmani, Mr. Roger Binny, Mr. Anil Kumble, Mr. Rahul Dravid, Mr. Javagal Srinath, Mr. Venkatesh Prasad to name a few. The membership of the KGA represents a microcosm of the metropolitan city of Bangalore a mini India.
To achieve the health and physical fitness of the people through promotion of sports particularly the game of golf. Accordingly promote the game of golf in all aspects. To inculcate the true spirit of sports and to promote a spirit of fraternity and camaraderie among the members.
Tertiary Treatment Plant
To date, the Association has enhanced its self-sufficiency with the inclusion of a Tertiary Treatment plant constructed by M/s. Degremont, France and a world class automated irrigation system installed by M/s. Rainbird International, USA, befitting a fine golf course of global standard. The gymnasium in the health club was upgraded with state-of-the-art equipment and six latest machines were bought to add to the latest TORO fleet of course-maintenance equipment. Flood-lighting of nine holes to begin with, extension and modernization of the floodlit Driving Range and extension of club house facilities are a few of the projects that will materialize in the immediate future. The KGA has indeed become a prestigious ‘Golf Destination’ in South India.
Karnataka Golf Association is purely run from the contributions from the members, both Corporates and Individuals. The management has not taken any loan even for the up gradation of the golf course in the recent past where Rs.16.30 Crores was invested to improve the old course to the International Standards – a rare feat. During the up gradation all the water bodies were further widened and deepened and as a result the water holding capacity has further enhanced.
The land comprising of the golf course has lost the earlier characteristics of an irrigation tank. But now with innumerable water bodies within the golf course, it continues to recharges the ground water.
The Indian Golf Union has recognized the Karnataka Golf Association to be among the top four Golf Courses in the Country. Our Floodlit Driving Range is the longest in the Country and the Workshop boasts of the latest in golf course machinery from reputed companies all over the world.
KGA’s efforts to convert Challaghata into an international standard Golf Course was recognized by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation. This certificate accords recognition to KGA for promotion of Golf Tourism in Karnataka.
The symbol of the State the Ganduberunda (the Double Eagle) is the emblem of the Karnataka Golf Association
Further the License agreement dated 21st August 1980 between KSTDC and KGA for a period of 30 years expired on 16th May 2010 and the extension of the lease of land was ordered by the Government Order vide No.TD 68 TTC 2009 Bangalore, dated 24th October 2013, extended the lease in favour of Karnataka Golf Association for a further period of 30 years from 17th May 2010.
KGA is a shining example of Successful Public- Private Enterprise and is a Pride of Bangalore.
KARNATAKA GOLF ASSOCIATION
1)Survey Drawing 1986 – HA Sanitary Board
2) Govt. Survey Drawing 1987
3) Club House Elevation Drawing 1996 – sanctioned by HA Sanitary Board
4) Layout and Location Plan 1996 sanctioned by HA Sanitary Board
5) Ground Floor Plan 1996 sanctioned by HA Sanitary Board
6) First Floor Plan 1996 sanctioned by HA Sanitary Board
7) Survey MAP – Kodihalli/Chellaghatta 1994
8) Survey MAP – Kodihalli/Chellaghatta 2001
KGA: An Eventful Timeline, 1973-2016
1973 A group of far-sighted golfers conceive the concept of KGA.
1980 Chief Minister, Shri.Gundu Rao hands over 125 acres to KGA for a Golf Course.
1980-85 Fund raising activities for building the course Mr.Peter Thomson appointed as Course Architect
1986 Nine holes inaugurated by Chief Minister, Shri.Ramakrishna Hegde
1989 All Eighteen holes in play
1996 First Professional Tournament Classic Masters held at KGA
1997 Club House completed and inaugurated First Amateur (All India) Golf Championship held at KGA
1999 1st Saarc Golf Championship (Inaugural)
2007 Mr.Howard Swan appointed for Course re-design and solving drainage problems.
2009 Re-design and drainage work for 18 holes completed; KGA now a World class course
2009 Driving Range inaugurated
2010 Prestigious Bonallack Trophy (Asia Vs Europe) allotted to KGA
2010 Best Golf Course in India 2010 – Asian Golf Monthly
2011 New spacious lower deck added 2011 Toyota Karnataka Golf Festival
2012 Hero Indian Open 2012 The Rolex World’s Top 1000 Golf Courses
2013 Awarded “Best Course in India 2013” by the Asian Golf Monthly Annual Awards.
2014 Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy 2015 12th Saarc Golf Championship
2016 Awarded “TOP 10 Outstanding Golf Destinations in South Asia” by the Asia Sports Tourism Summit 2016.
FUNDS FOR UPGRADATION :
SANCTION FROM GOVERMENT – LAND
NOC from BDA :
Letter from BDA Ref No.BDA/Commr/352/92-93 dated 16.09.1992 – issuing No Objection to construct the building as per the earlier NOC issued by BDA on 6.11.1986 and 23.11.1987.
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENTS HELD AT KGA
THE MICHAEL BONNALLACK TROPHY
12TH SAARC GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
KGA TOP GOLFERS
KHALIN N JOSHI
SYED SAQIB AHMED
TRISHA S KUMAR