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History of the club

The 165 year old 9 Hole Trivandrum Golf Course situated in the heart of Trivandrum City, Capital of Kerala State, India was founded in 1850 by the Maharaja of Travancore, Sree Moolam Thirunal. It may be noted that Golf was introduced in USA only in 1880. This is the second oldest Golf Course outside Great Britain, after Royal Calcutta Golf Club. At that time it was a private Golf Course for the personal use of the Maharaja and his guests and foreign dignitaries. In fact, the Golf Course land was his hunting grounds and the Course was carved out through the undergrowth. This brushwood remains to this day lining most of the fairways on the Golf Course. The total area is 25.38 acres, while the golfing area has remained unchanged at 14 acres.

The Travancore Royal Palace remained in control of the Golf Course till 1950, when it was handed over to the State Government of Kerala who Leased it out to The Trivandrum Golf Club headed by Col G V Raja, the patriarch of all Sports and Tourism activities, from the Travancore Royal Family in 1967. It was around this time that the Golf Course was redesigned by Peter Thompson (Professional Australian Golfer and 5 time British Open Champion) and the layout has not changed since then. It is 2645 yard, Par 34 design Nine Hole Golf Course.