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.