Over the years, Jamshedpur grew from a small town to an internationally renowned center for steel. However, it's growth was not one-dimensional. The city produced all-rounders whose mettle was seen at the workplace and in sporting arenas. Cricket, hockey, football, badminton, adventure sports, archery, tennis, boxing, volleyball, judo, power-lifting, bridge, athletics and golf.
With the encouragement of the Tatas, Jamshedpur grew into a very keen sports centre and produced very good sportsmen from time to time. It also showed its commitment to sports by setting up a number of stadii, including two famous golf courses:
Beldih Golf Course
Founded in 1922, the Beldih Golf Course is happily in the midst of verdant and dense Neem, Gulmohar, Kachnar and Semul trees and the oldest part of the Presidio Forest, making it the most sought-after golf course in this region. It is designed in parkland style and has several trees and fairways along a thickly forested tree cover. It has a nine-hole course along with a clubhouse that features two par-3s, five par-4s abd two par-5s holes. In fact, it has challenging holes beginning with just under 150 yards and going up to 400 yards. It accommodates golfers of all ages - from kids to weekend golfers to professional players.
At one time in history, this club was restricted only to the army but today it is open to civilians too. It also has a full-service restaurant, a practice facility, a driving range and an award-winning shop where you can buy all kinds of equipment and apparel for playing golf. Located adjoining the Beldih club this is a 9 hole course known for its lush greens & fairways. Its a parkland style layout that has a mature line of trees & the fairways are lined with a thickly wooded tree cover. It is home to the annual PGTI event – the TATA OPEN.
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Golmuri Golf Course
Built a good nine decades after Beldih Golf Course in 2012, Golmuri is an 18-hole golf course with tight fairways and well-located bunkers, giving golfers of all levels of expertise a tough challenge. This course is an 18-hole par 70 course.
This course is very versatile to the extent that players will know just how to strike the ball from each conceivable lie. Here, players need to be extremely accurate, since it pays to know how to fade or hook around trees.
It is build on a base of adobe clay, sand and rock or a mix of them. Golmuri is shaped by the surrounding hilly region on which it stands. Its safe, fun and inviting environs make it a golf course that people would love to return to. It is also the ideal setting for anyone wanting to host a luncheon, weekend brunch, private banquet or reception at its clubhouse.
Golmuri Golf Course hosts several golf tournaments such as the TATA Pro Am.
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