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Stars fund golf club guesthouse

- BJP MPs Shatrughan Sinha, Hema Malini contribute Rs 35 lakh

The Patna Golf Club is bracing for a birdie — a guesthouse — with Rs 35 lakh from silver screen stars-turned politicians Hema Malini and Shatrughan Sinha.

Shatrughan, the BJP MP from Patnasahib, has contributed Rs 20 lakh from his Member of Parliament Local Area Development Division (MPLAD) fund. Hema Malini has provided Rs 15 lakh.

The guesthouse would be a birdie — one under par score — for the city golf enthusiasts because it would enable them to play in other clubs across the country free. At present, they have to pay Rs 2000-Rs 2500 per day for playing elsewhere.

One under par means a golfer requiring one less shot than the standard number of strokes (par) to finish a hole. Most golf holes are par 3, 4 or 5.

Tapan Ghosh, the captain of Patna Golf Club, said: “We are grateful to Shatrughan Sinha and Hema Malini for helping us in the construction of the guesthouse on the campus — a long cherished dream of our club. The G+1 structure would have five air-conditioned rooms and a banquet hall. We are also thinking about developing a bar-cum-restaurant but it is not final yet. Each room would have refrigerator, television and other such facilities also.”

The captain said the club would require more funds to complete the guesthouse construction. “Recently, a private firm approached us and assured that they would provide funds to complete the structure of the guesthouse. We have set the target of next year for the completing the guesthouse construction,” he said.

Ghosh said a swimming pool was also on the radar of the club authorities. “The best golf courses in the country have this facility. We have a plan to add a swimming pool but we are waiting for the funds,” said Ghosh.

The captain said the club had recently brought special grass from Calcutta to give new tinge to its lawns.

Patna Golf Club’s history dates back to the pre-Independence era. Established in 1916, the club was initially known as South Bihar Gymkhana Club.

To promote the golfing skills among residents, the club started a golf academy in 2012. Those interested in learning the nuances of golf can opt for its three-month course and learn the game from experts. The members of the club are also eligible to join the course to brush up their golf skills.

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