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Bangalore offers a host of sporting options including golf, tennis, hockey, cricket, badminton, aquatic sports and horse-riding. It is home to some of the most well-known sportspersons in India, who have started training academies in their various fields. However, the availability and accessibility of these facilities vary greatly depending on your chosen sport. Often the best place to get a clutch of options at the same time is a member's club, which will often have a pool, tennis courts, badminton and squash courts.

Bangalore Club (http://www.bangaloreclub.com) on Residency Road in the heart of the city, is an old and exclusive colonial institution that counts Winston Churchill as a former member. They offer tennis, squash, badminton, swimming, billiards, a bridge room, restaurants and bars etc. Memberships are generally not offered any longer (the waiting list is several years), however, your company may have access via an institutional membership.

Bowring Institute (http://www.bowringinstitute.com) is another old Bangalore institution that is on St. Mark's Road in the centre of the city, and offers a swimming pool, squash, tennis, badminton and basketball courts, billiards and a health club.

Century Club (http://www.centuryclub.in/) in Cubbon Park, central Bangalore, has similar facilities to the clubs mentioned above.

In all these cases, foreign visitors are sometimes allowed temporary memberships, or many large companies have corporate memberships which would allow you to access the facilities.

In addition to these, there are clubs that offer more specific sports facilities:

Golf

Bangalore Golf Club (Tel: 2226 6713 / 2228 1876 / 2228 7980) is in the heart of the city, and qualifies as Bangalore's oldest and most central golfing venue. Classes with pros are another facility on offer. You need to contact the club for membership possibilities, although again, it is likely that major companies will have corporate memberships.

The Karnataka Golf Association (http://www.kga.in), fairly centrally located near the old airport, has an 18-hole course that often hosts championships and tournaments. In addition, it also has a pool, driving range, health spa and restaurants. Foreigners can get an associate membership of 6 months at a time, which currently costs Rs.50,000 (entrance fee), plus Rs.6,000.

Eagleton Golf Village (http://www.eagletonindia.com ) is 30 kilometres outside the city, but hosts one of India's top 5 golf courses, and a host of …

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