Jorhat Gymkhana is the oldest golf course in Asia and third oldest in the world. The club has always been a pride of Jorhat. It organises many horse races which makes the club lively and distinct from rest of the other clubs of Assam.
Jorhat Gymkhana History
Built in 1876 by the then colonial rulers, the jorhat gymkhana club is considered to have the oldest golf course. The then secretary of the club was D Simmon. The club was initially built for the tea planters of Assam. The original architecture of the building resembled a wood house which was right in the middle of the race course which served the purpose of a parade ground as well as a camping ground. The club was however shifted to another location later and the present establishment was constructed in 1885.
Jorhat which is the fifth largest city of Assam attracts a lot of tourist throughout the year because of the lush green tea gardens and its cultural significance. If you happen to be a horse race enthusiast then you must visit the jorhat gymkhana club for they will surely amuse you. The winner is awarded with the prestigious governor’s club.
To test the patience of almost all golf enthusiast, and to serve the purpose of obstacles, the club had several trees planted in an alignment and ponds. Jorhat which is known as the tea capital of the world gives a special emphasis to all the tea lovers.
In addition, the club also has tennis courts, a gentlemen’s bar and swimming pool. The ground also hosts several cricket matches as well.
How to reach?
You can reach Jorhat by air, road or railways. There are direct flight from Guwahati to Jorhat. The nearest railway station is Mariani. Once you land in Jorhat, you can book a taxi or a local autos liableble to show you around the town.