ABOUT TOLLY CLUB



         Founded in 1895 to promote all manner of sports, the Tollygunge Club, Kolkata (know affectionately as the Tolly), is spread over a hunderd acres with

a Club House that is over 200 years old. The Club house and its vast grounds, that sport an idylic 18- hole, 6304 yard, Par 70 layout golf course, carry a rich

store of legends, anecdotes and memories about them.


          This Course is also known as the  Garden Course and is lush green challenging   and features a number of water hazards. The tree-lined  fairways are

wide while the green  are small, forcing  the players to be accurate with their  iron-play. The Tolly has also been one of the nurseries  of indian  golf over the

decaded  having produced man top class  professionals. The golf course is located in Tollygunge a  southern suburb of  Kolkata only 9 kms from the centre of

the city and is a 30 mins drive from  Chowringhee Road. The ground  covers an area of acres, the  Tollygunge Metro  Station is a  few minutes walk from the

Club.  The  Tollygunge  Club  was founded by a  Scottish  banker  William  Dixon  Cruickshank  to provide  facilities  for games,  Sports and  past times in the

neighbourhood  of Calcutta, and to afford to its members all the usual provileges,  advantages, conveniences and accommodation of a residential  Gymkhana

Club, Cruickshank  partially  leased and partially bought some of the  property  surrounding and the century  Palladian  garden  House once used by its owner,

Richard  Johnson  an employee of  the East  India Company  and subsequently  by Prince Gholam  Mohammed  Shah, the  11th son  of the  Ruler  of Mysore,

Tipu Sultan. The Club house is now over 229 years old.



          Prior to the locality being named Tollygunge it was known as Russapugla, a densely forested area abounding in Sundari, Byne and Garjan trees which

even today  make up the bulk of the  Sunderbans, the  estuary of the river  Ganges. The name  Russapugla stems from two  unique trees  which grow here

and also from Pugla Pir the Sufi saint with remarkable powers who mediated and died in the neighborhood. It was renamed Tollygunge afte Col. Willian Tolly

who was permitted to dredge the adjoining canal connecting the Ganga with the Matla and Vidya rivers and collect toll on all ships travelling from Calcutta to destination in erstwhile East Bengal Present day Bangladesh.