Century Club, located amidst the luxuriant green landscapes of Bangalore’s iconic Cubbon Park, is one of the oldest and the most distinguished clubs of South India. The Club’s name is derived from the exclusive nature of it, as it initially intended to only induct a 100 members upon its inception. The number of members today, stands at a modest 6600 plus. Each member of Century Club embodies the spirit with which the Club was established.
The recreational and gaming facilities at the Club include tennis, badminton, billiards, table tennis and tombola. It also has a restaurant, bar, library, chambers, supermarket, vegetable store, pharmacy, salon, cards room, children’s playing enclosure, health club and a swimming pool. There are party halls too, that cater to celebrate occasions.
The founder, the visionary and Bharat Ratna recipient Sir M. Visvesvaraya was keen to promote what he felt was good in English society, particularly their orderly habits, punctuality, restraint in speech and social behaviour. But, the factor that motivated him more was when he was the Dewan of Mysore and had planned a visit to Bangalore Club, then known as Bangalore United Services Club. The staff of the Club asked him to take off the Mysore turban and put on a cap if he wanted to enter the Club. This disturbed him no end and he decided to start a club that would allow Indians; as during those days, the Cantonment areas did not allow Indians inside the clubs. He then wrote a letter to the government asking for permission to start a club. Our patron, Shri Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, who was the ruling king at the time, sanctioned seven acres, 20 guntas of land in Cubbon Park, Seshadri Road. The Century Club was thus founded in 1917 and Sir M. Visvesvaraya served as the first President of the Club.