The Delhi Gymkhana (Hindi: दिल्ली जिमख़ाना, Punjabi: ਦਿੱਲੀ ਜਿਮਖ਼ਾਨਾ, Urdu: دلّی جِمخانہ) is a premier Gymkhana in New Delhi, the capital of India. So selective is the membership criterion that the usual waiting period for membership is about 30 years.
Called the Imperial Delhi Gymkhana Club, it was founded in 1913 and its first president was Spencer Harcourt Butler. The word imperial was dropped when India gained independence in 1947. The club is located in the heart of Lutyen's New Delhi occupying of prime land as per site plan made on the drawing board by Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens as part of his grand design for Imperial Celebrations. Lutyens Delhi - the eighth in line - was built in an area littered with stones, tombs, domes, ruined walls and gardens of former Capitals - the historic cross roads and battle grounds of India.
The club is primarily a sporting club and has the distinction of having 26 grass courts and 7 clay/synthetic courts with three of them flood lit. The grass courts have been in existence since 1940. The club has an active tennis membership of over 200 and also runs an active training academy for juniors. Despite increasing preference for synthetic courts, the Club maintains its grass courts and can boast of the largest number of grass courts in the country. They compare well with the best any where. The Club has the proud privilege of holding several National... Read More