Easily one of the most attractive regions in India, Coorg or Kodagu is an enchanting expanse of natural splendor that nestles amid the hills and valleys of the picturesque Western Ghats. Fiercely independent until its merger with Karnataka, Coorg enjoys a distinct identity all its own. Although Coorg is one of the smallest districts of Karnataka, it is definitely among the most magnificent. The British often likened Coorg to Scotland for its cool weather and natural beauty. And since golf first originated in Scotland, it is befitting that Coorg today should have one of the oldest and best golf courses in India -- the Mercara Downs Golf Course.
In the early 1890s, a group of Englishmen clear-felled the area which was destined to become the Mercara Downs Golf Club. This was the decade when Golf was becoming increasingly popular. In the UK alone there over 2000 courses built.
At the turn of the century, more and more Englishmen were frequenting this course for a spot of Golf. World War I brought a spate of army officers who made the Downs even more popular. By the time the Second World War was fought, one could see a sprinkling of Indians, both civilians, and officers alike, on the course.
As WWII came to an end we saw the exodus of British officers, Independent India came into being and the archives lost its most valuable records. In 1951 Mercara Downs Golf was incorporated as an extension of the North Coorg Club. Only in the early 80s, it stood on its own as the Mercara Downs Golf Club.
MDGC 18 hole Golf Course spread over 100 acres with a modern Club House attached with eight chambers called “Mercara Down’s Retreat”.
The Club house and the Downs retreat are under expansion which should be ready by end of this year 2023.
The Club house expansion comprises of a party hall of 200 member capacity, including space for billiards/snooker table, Golf simulator etc.
The Downs retreat extension will accommodate 8 more luxury chambers .
We are affiliated to 53 clubs in India. Outside India with Nuwara Eliya Golf club Sri Lanka and Noosa Springs Australia.
"A real pleasure to visit Mercara Downs, and play good round of golf in the pristine and sylvan environment here. Perhaps one of the most picturesque and well maintained courses in the country despite issues pertaining to the undulating terrain. The staff are very courteous and caring and the catering facilities are also excellent. Please keep up your efforts and great work. Thank you and God bless!."
"I was honored to play in such a wonderful and challenging golf course. The four ball was exceptional, with Coach Krishna as one of the four ball. The round became of the memorable, love to come again and play. Nature was in its full glory in the afternoon. Really indebted to the management for such an opportunity. God bless all, will remember it always. Best Of luck."
"It was a pleasure playing a round of Golf at the Mercara Downs. The scenic surroundings and the layout of the course added to the joy of being here. My complements to the MGDC team for the excellent maintenance of the course and the warm hospitality. The staff is extremely helpful and courteous."
"I had come here as an youngster and I have now come here as a player. The course is simply stunning and maintained well. The staffs are extremely courteous and the golfers are really cheerful. I wish to come back along with my peers and play a good round of golf. Wish the organizers a wonderful time and happy golfing!."
"Thanks Mercara Downs! I have the most fantastic morning..! Superb Golf course, great company, and really warm hospitality. The golf course is one of the most beautiful, that I've had the opportunity to playing at. Cheers!"
"Such a pleasure to play at Mercara Downs Thank you for the hospitality and effort by the GM and staff to make sure we had a good game. I am yet to see a course that can match Mercara Downs, and having see the facilities grow year on, I am sure that it would emerge as a favorite golf destination. Wishing the committee and the course the very best always."
The professional staff are on hand at all times to make all members feel welcome making sure they thoroughly enjoy the game. Our extensive learning center is open all year round.
Buggies available for Senior citizen Golfers with Assistance.
Professional Certified Golf Coach is available for Coaching.