Amzad Hossain, a young yet highly accomplished entrepreneur, is a keen golf enthusiast. Now a director of Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), the entrepreneur makes time out of his busy schedule to play a round or two of golf at Kurmitola.
He has travelled the world over, and has played in some of the best golf courses of the world on the sidelines of his business tours as well as exclusive golf vacations. The young entrepreneur, while relaying his golf passion and entrepreneurial suggestions speaking to TheGolfHouse magazine, wishes he came to golf at an even earlier age so that he could become an even better golfer.
Q: Briefly tell us about how you started playing golf.
A: I came to the game first time in 2014. I found something interesting about the game. So I used to come twice a day, once in the early morning and again in the afternoon. Slowly I started to get into grips with the rules and the nuances of the game. As you now I stay involved with business as well as trade politics and FBCCI, so I can’t make out too much time, but whenever I can I come to Kurmitola.
Q: What is your golfing routine?
A: I try to come in the early morning, and if I can’t I try to come in the afternoon. I try to come at least once or twice a week.
Q: You play outside of the country too, I’ve heard, whenever you go abroad. Which courses are your favourite?
A: As you know I was international vice president and national president of junior chamber. Whenever these junior chamber events are held, there is always a day for golf. So I try to participate whenever I can. I first played in Taiwan during a junior chamber event. Apart from that we, our friends, go to golf vacations often. I have played in Mission Hills, Royal Jakarta, Cambodia, Philippines, Japan, Malaysia and other countries. All the courses are pretty good, with different features. Obviously Kurmitola is my favourite golf course but I like Royal Jakarta too.
Q: Why should young entrepreneurs come to golf?
A: Golf is a gentleman’s game. We all respect the rules of the game and try to uplift the sporting spirit. Contrary to popular belief, golf is a game for people of all ages. And you get to get the most enjoyment of golf if you start at an early age. I sometimes wish I had started earlier. Unless you start the game, you won’t know what you are missing. One more thing I would like to add here is that golf is relatively cheap in Bangladesh. It’s not only about entrepreneurs, but everyone who has the capability, should try this game.
Q: What are your visions towards development of young entrepreneurs of Bangladesh?
A: As one of the youngest directors of FBCCI, my area of focus is youth entrepreneurial development so that they can develop. Young people need policy support and mentoring, which I am trying to increase.
Q: Do you have any message to young entrepreneurs?
A: One of the key components of entrepreneurship is having courage. We need to have the courage and also the ability to implement our plans. We might fail sometimes, but if we follow these two golden rules, definitely we will reach a certain stage.
Q: Any message to your friends who don’t play golf yet?
A: I have friends who started playing after watching me play and they now play better than I do. So my suggestion would be to come and see what the game is about. I’m sure they will enjoy it. Golf gives us the biggest lesson in life, that is to become punctual and disciplined which is needed to achieve anything in life.
Q: TheGolfHouse is going to celebrate its second anniversary. Want to say something to the readers?
A: I have been a follower of the magazine’s journey since its beginning and watched how it evolved over the last two years. I hope one day this will be a world class magazine as good as any other in this arena.