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The golf course is about 6 kms from “Madikeri” or “Mercara”, the capital of Kodagu (Coorg) District, in the middle of serene rolling hills and greenery. The setting is such that it is tagged as a natural “parkland” golf course. It is a nice place to relax far away from the madding crowd. Centuries ago during the colonial days, this area was occupied by the British planters of tea and coffee. Numerous families owned plantation lands and the then East India company encouraged them to carry on their plantation activities for their export business. The plantation owners developed the the golf course here as the place was ideally suited to play the game. As there was no recreation available to them, golf events offered them a chance to relax on holidays teeing on the rolling hills. It was a change from mechanical, mundane life to self-rejuvenation. It is one of the few natural golf courses in India. Weather-wise and the amiable surroundings with smooth rolling landscape are close to those of “Sussex Downs”. No doubt the British were impressed by the congenial weather varying from temperate and pleasant to sometimes chilly, clean, fresh air, vast expanse of lush vegetation, quick downpours and the pale bluish gray mist. Besides at this elevation, one could notice the commanding view of the adjacent areas.
On December 12th,- 13th 2014, Mercara Downs Golf Club, one of the prestigious Golf clubs in the country celebrated its 100th anniversary. Mercara Downs Golf Club has a new identity in the form of a new classic logo and to match it, there will be marked improvements in the facilities available to the patrons.along with a plethora of new facilities and features at the club.
MDGC is also planning to make the club a world-class destination course that will play host to professional as well as International tournaments. To begin with, the club has an exciting plan to build 18 premium golf villas, which will provide exclusive, luxury living for eternal golf lovers thus preserving the rationale and ethos of this old golf club founded by the British.