At 2,375 meters above the sea level, the Royal Thimphu Golf Club (RTGC) is perhaps one of the highest and most remote courses in the world. Golfers at the RTGC can’t escape this feeling when they see their ball speed off the tee and virtually climb the high peaks and kiss the clouds before falling back down to the ground. When this feeling is followed by a shot that lands 2-3 feet from the pin, this is what makes the golfers feel ‘On top of the world’.

Upon proposal made by a resident Indian Brigadier General work on this 9-hole course started in the late 1960s during the reign of the Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and it was inaugurated in 1971. It was just a decade since Bhutan had embarked upon the road to modernization and golf, until then unheard of by the majority Bhutanese, was to make its entry in the high mountains of Bhutan. Over the years the course layout was improved with assistance of the government of Japan and resident Japanese working in Bhutan.

Today, the RTGC is a major landmark in the capital city and is reachable by car within 10 minutes from all hotels located within the vicinity of the city. While golfers at the RTGC use the latest golf sets and apparels available in the market, but it’s still not uncommon to see small children swimming in the ponds constructed as hazards, or dogs stopping play briefly because they are chasing each other on the greens. Play also comes to a standstill at 5pm on weekdays when the national flag near the Trashichhodzong is lowered signifying the closure of offices for the day.

The RTGC may not appeal to those who are looking for the best golfing facilities and services, but it’s gives a unique experience for those who want to play a round just for the sake of having a great time at one of the most remote courses where the air is crisp and clean, the people friendly and greenery all around.