HAFLONG, Oct 18 – A history of sorts was created with the inauguration of the Tumbung Golf Course, Umrangsu on October 1 last by Debojeet Thaosen , Chief Executive Member of the Dima Hasao Autonomous Council, Haflong in the presence of a host of officials from NEEPCO, Army, the Forest department and other distinguished guests and the local public.
To believe that a golf course exists in Umrangsu one has to travel here and see it for himself. The picturesque natural golf course of Tumbung area reminds one of similar locales found in the countryside of England and Scotland and it is situated in the midst of Kopili Reservoir. The CEM, a keen golfer has taken active interest since he first spotted the area and since then there has been no looking back. He has put all his energy and resources in developing the Tumbung Golf Course and indeed has left no stone unturned to turn the course into a world class one.
In addition to his efforts in promoting golf in Umrangsu, he has gone one step further by bringing Dharmendra Singh, a golf coach from Noida, Delhi to impart coaching lessons for the golf lovers in this area. Dharmendra Singh is a professional golfer from Noida Golf Club and has 15 years experience to his credit as a professional golfer. Travelling to this side for the first time, he was wonderstruck and surprised to find a natural golf course in Umrangsu. He is all praise for the people of this area and praised the CEM and the Forest department for doing such a terrific job. As of now it is a 9 -hole golf course but he is of the view that it can be developed into a 18-hole golf course. For the start, he coached all the sports lovers of Dima Hasao district and Umrangso including NEEPCO officials for one week starting from 01.10.13 to 07.10.13 and was truly amazed by their ability in picking up golf lessons so fast that he has categorized them as ‘advanced players’ instead of ‘beginners’.
Although much work remains to be done in the golf course the CEM was positive and wanted that a golf tournament be held shortly and gave instructions to form a Golf Club so that other aspects of the game could be addressed and dealt with. Accordingly as decided in the meeting held on October 10, all the players present unanimously decided to name the club as Garampani Golf Club, Umrangso with the CEM , Autonomous Council as the honorary president and GM©, NEEPCO KHEP as the vice president. Slowly with the introduction of golf in Umrangsu, people are flocking to Tumbung to see this golf course and the interest for this game is steadily increasing day by day.