Golf in Tehran..a shrinking course for a sport whose popularity is...

Tehran (AFP)

The reason for this difference is not due to the superstitions surrounding the number 13, or to a mistake when establishing the grass track in 1964, but rather to the decline in the demand for playing this game after the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979, and the authorities’ assessment that the track with its basic area is larger than what is needed by the limited number for game players.

“Iran is unique, and this field is what it is like: undoubtedly unique,” Tamdoun told AFP.

The 44-year-old industrialist, who is one of about 300 people – half of them women – join this track in the capital, “when it was established (the track), it included 18 holes, although the number of players was not large.”

“Over time, other sports and official institutions have taken over parts of it. That’s why there are only 13 holes left,” he explains.

The track is located in the middle of the “Enghelab” (“Revolution” in Persian) sports complex in north Tehran, which was known as the “Imperial Club” before the fall of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in ​​1979 and the victory of the Islamic Revolution led by Imam Khomeini.

The complex, which includes playgrounds and facilities in which various sports are practiced, in addition to restaurants and cafes, also houses the buildings of the Ministry of Sports and the Olympic Committee, which have taken place from the grass of the golf course.

To adapt to the number of holes on the track, the players who participated in the national tournament played 13 starting holes, before they played an additional five.

– Unknown sport –

Saeed Barati, 39, an employee in the Oil Ministry in Khuzestan Province (southwest), fears a further reduction of the golf course in the capital because “the country’s sports officials do not view (the game) positively.”

Players on the golf course at the Enghelab Sports Complex in Tehran, on October 18, 2021.

Players on the golf course at the Enghelab Sports Complex in Tehran, on October 18, 2021.

Players on the golf course at the Enghelab Sports Complex in Tehran, on October 18, 2021. عطا کناره ا ف ب

Prati regrets that “although golf is among the ten most popular sports in the world, and its history dates back to Iran for about a hundred years, it remains one of the unknown sports here.”

This sport was associated with the elites in Iran, especially the ruling class during the reign of the Shah, and its members were often portrayed in cinematic works while playing golf.

“The word golf has a bad reputation” in Iran, says Amir Zweni, a 43-year-old film producer.

He adds, pushing his cart on the track, that many “forget that this sport began in the south of the country, and most of the players used to work in the oil companies.”

While confirming his refusal to consider golf an “elite sport”, he points out that it was practiced in Iran at the beginning of the twentieth century after the British “introduced it” to Iran following their acquisition of the country’s oil fields.

And he continues, “Iranian employees (in the oil sector) became assistants to the players (“kady” in English), and then they learned this sport and practiced it,” and this continued until after the nationalization of the oil sector in 1951 and the departure of the English employees.

Qualifying players

Zuini does not hide his fear that the track will shrink further “because it is located on a large area in a privileged location”, and that the game association will construct a building on the track instead of investing in raising a new generation of players.


About 300 people, half of them women, belong to the golf course in Tehran.

About 300 people, half of them women, belong to the golf course in Tehran. عطا کناره ا ف ب

But the head of the Federation, Hamid Azizi, wants to dispel the fears, stressing that they are “wrong.”

He stresses that the federation intends to “rehabilitate the three thousand (players) registered, men and women, throughout the country.”

He explains that the aforementioned building will be the headquarters of a “national academy” concerned with players’ training affairs, and it will be located “outside the track”.

He points out that the course in the “Enghelab” complex will be devoted to holding official courses, training and rehabilitation at other times, adding, “Golf in Iran qualifies to become one of the most popular sports.”

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