The Mercara Downs golf course is a suburban golf club located in Madikeri, Coorg. It is easily accessible to the city yet located just outside – in a quiet & secluded spot of its own. This is a 18 hole, 5584 yard, Par 70 layout set at an altitude of about 3600 feet, with a very distinct mix of a links style layout juxtaposed with a parkland setting.
The Mercara Downs Golf club was established by the British Planters in the late 1800’s making it a very serious contender for the distinction of being amongst the oldest golf courses in the Indian sub continent. However all the original papers and articles of the club have somehow gotten lost or misplaced, thus leading to a situation where a proven date & time of origin could not be defined.
Located about 6 kms from “Madikeri” or “Mercara”, the capital of Kodagu (Coorg) District, amidst 80 odd acres of swelling, rolling landscape and beautiful scenery this is a natural “parkland” golf course. The setting is reminiscent of how golf was played a century ago – this was time when the game was played by the home – sick planters of the early years. The course is clearly a “Mother nature’s design” blueprint, rather like the way the Royal & Ancient is said to be.
The Brits must have felt very much at home in these surroundings; The rolling “downs” are reminiscent of their own “Sussex Downs”, the weather varying from temperate and pleasant to sometimes chilly, clean, fresh air, lush vegetation, the quick build up of thunderclouds disgorging large drops of rain; all these must have added considerably to their impression, topped off by the pleasant distraction of the pale grey mist rolling down to the lush coffee and jungle clad slopes of the hills encircling the area. The club-house itself is relatively new and its position has been picked not for commanding views and imposing presence, but rather, for coziness and warmth, nesting as it does, in a little hollow amidst the undulating landscape.
|Airport||140 kms - Mangalore|
|Railway station||89.7 kms|
|Closest golf course||20.8 Km away, Belur Golf Club|
|30.81 Km away, Coorg Golf Links (CGL)|
|31.4 Km away, Tata Coffee Golf Club|
|87.84 Km away, Skytop Golf Village|