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    Ikoyi Course Analysis

 

Course Analysis

HOLE-1, Par 5, 484-metres

A dogleg left, Hole-1 is one of the longest holes on the course, and you would need the driver on this opening hole. For the second shot, you can pull out your 3-Wood. If you have more confidence in your irons, a 3-or 4-Iron will keep you inside 50 metres of the green. If your short game is on, then a good pitch or chip will put you in a birdie putt position.

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HOLE-2, Par 4, 279 metres

You have to hit a driver from the tee box, but watch out for the canal. If your ball hits any of the trees on both sides of the areas immediately in front of the tee box, you might end up with a wet ball.

The good news is that, if you are a long hitter, you can aim for the green. Yes, you can reach around the green from the tee-box, and put your ball in play for a birdie. The bad news? Golfers’ greed has found countless players leaving this hole with triple bogeys. It is as easy as it is tricky.

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HOLE-3, Par 4, 359-metres

A driver, followed by a 6-iron, can get you home. Many players take this hole for granted, only to have themselves to blame. My advice? Be careful.

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HOLE-4, Par3, 123-metres

A short and easy hole. Your tee-shot easily gets you on the green or on the apron. You are set up for a chip and a putt. For the deft ones, a chip-in can be it. Most players leave here with a par.

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HOLE-5, Par 5, 516-metres

This is the second longest par 5 on the course. An interesting dog-leg makes players want to drive long. A dog-leg right, a tree left of middle of the fairway, a ditch on the right running parallel to the fairway, a bunker 50-metres to the green, canals left and right of the green, you have all the needed ingredients to ruin a scorecard. One approach is to head to Hole 3 with a 3-Iron, return to the fairway with a 7-iron and pitch on to the green. Caution is the word here. Many players leave this green in a state of utter frustration.

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HOLE-6, Par 3, 188-metres

This is arguably one of the most challenging holes of on the course. There is a ditch in front of the green. The green is bordered by a bunker on the right and backed by a lake. It closely resembles an island green. It is certainly one of the most difficult holes on the course. Pull to the left, you find the canal. Over-shoot, you are in the water. So, you need careful and precise shots.

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HOLE-7, Par 4, 358-metres

Call this the signature hole of the course. Call it a dangerous hole. You will be right on both counts. Your tee shot must carry the Lake. Your approach shot must go over a ditch. If you fail to execute either of these, you should kiss good bye to a par. Only a handful of players leave here with a birdie. A par is good.

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HOLE-8, Par 4, 348-metres

This is dog-leg right with a right-side bunker at the turn of the fairway. Avoid this bunker if are playing for par or less. A 3-or 4-Iron and your pitching wedge would take you to the green. Plan to attack the green from the safety of the fairway.

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HOLE-9, Par 4, 384-metres

This hole is regarded as the most difficult of the par 4s. A 3-wood should find the fairway clean and square. A 5-iron will get you to or around the green. From there, your score is between you and your short game. A par is doable.

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HOLE-10, Par 4, 417-metres

Golfers beware! If you fade round or go over the three at the beginning of the fairway, you are on safe ground. If you cannot, you’ll find yourself among the trees to the left or those to the right fairway. When you find yourself in either position, retrace yourself to the fairway and look for a third shot to or near the green. A bogey here is not a bad score.

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HOLE-11, Par 4, 364-metres

Plenty of space for a good drive. But make sure you don’t find yourself in a bunker or the tree lined roughs on the right. If the later happens, you will learn that this is not an easy hole. Control your 3-wood for the fairway, and approach with an 8 or 9-Iron, for the green.

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HOLE-12, Par 3, 120-metres

It is a short par 3. It is also a tough one. There is a big bunker before the green. Approaching the green from the bunker is like playing out of a big hole. You best bet is to find the green with your tee shot.

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HOLE-13, Par 4, 267-meters

This hole is Stroke Order 18, and is generally regarded as the easiest hole on the course. Many players consider it cheap. Here anything can happen. A good hitter can at least find the apron. Whatever you do however, spare a thought for the bunkers to the right behind the green. All said, you could earn a birdie here.

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HOLE-14, Par 5, 475-metres

Hole 14 is one of the easy par 5s on the course. If you get your drive on the fairway, you stand a chance of putting your second shot on the green with a 3-Wood. However, if your second shot get into the ditch that runs across, the fairway at about 100-metres to the green you could ruin your game.

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HOLE-15, Par 3, 195-metres

There is a bunker by the left and a hump before the green. It is one of the difficult Par 3s. A 3-Iron will do the magic. With a bunker to the left, control is the watch word. While trying to put the bunker out of play, don’t forget that you could also play out of bounds if your shot stray into the tee box on Hole-16. A combination of skill, caution, and a 3-Iron is all you need to take you over the hump to the green.

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HOLE-16, Par 4, 295-metres

This is another easy Par 4, though care must be taken to avoid the bunkers before and around the green. If you can get your drive on the fairway and approach well, you can get an easy par.

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HOLE-17, Par 4, 353-metres

This is a dogleg left. A pull to the left or a slice to the right would spell trouble. Your best bet is to stay on the straight and narrow part. A 3-Wood will do the job. All you need is a line to the green for your second shot, follow with a pitching wedge.

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HOLE-18, Par 4, 315-metres

This is an open hole. But don’t pull to the left. A 4-Iron can place you on the fairway and 9-Iron on the green. Don’t pull out you driver unless you are sure you can control it. And don’t try to impress. Playing safe on this hole will guarantee easy par.

 
 

About the Course

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Ikoyi Club Golf course is the home of IGCNA.

For most golfers, playing on the Ikoyi Golf Club course conjures an air of consecrated ritual that must be performed with every inch of sanctity.

Golf may not have teed-off in Nigeria from this hallowed course, but the rank of remarkable performances that the course has recorded in the history of golf in Nigeria makes each tee-box a temple that calls for reverence.

Former World Number One, Vijay Singh, had in 1998 referred to his performances (in 1987 and 1988) at the Ikoyi Golf Course as his nursery to capturing his first major that year at the Masters in Augusta.

Ask other top players like Gordon J. Brand, Bill Longimuir, Ian Woosnam and, of course, Nick Faldo. They may not be able to pronounce ‘Ikoyi’ right, but each of them has a living memory of what the course has done to their careers.

Coming home, living legend, Peter Akakasiaka, turned up his best performances here with the Nigerian Open series, holding the admirable record of being, cumulatively, the highest paid Nigerian player in the history of the Open.

If you have a good memory of the Nigeria Open, Lateef Lasisi will easily stand out as the name that holds the highest singular pay cheque won by a black player when he lifted the Nigerian Open trophy in 1993. Of course, he achieved the feat on the hallowed fairways of Ikoyi Club!

Indeed, the young generation of professional golfers looked forward to playing on the Ikoyi course for many reasons, one of which is the impressive attachment the course has with the history of professional golfing in Nigeria.

The second reason is that the frequency with which the professionals have plied their trade at the Ikoyi Club Golf Course has reduced, following the move of the Nigeria Open to the IBB Golf and Country Club, Abuja. Even more so at this time that the Nigeria Open has been discontinued.

Thirdly, the new generation of professional golfers believe that they are better at the game than their first generation predecessors who charted those records, especially when the former compare their international exposure to their age.

For the foregoing reasons, any chance to play at Ikoyi Club 1938 provides the youngsters an unusual rush of adrenalin to excel.

The same chemistry possibly applies to the nation’s amateur golfers. To them, Ikoyi Golf Course is the “Mecca of Golf.” In some sense, the intimidating status of the course creates a sense of awe in the scheme of golf in Nigeria.

Golf enthusiasts, sponsors and friends would line behind the ropes of Ikoyi Golf Course to watch the players conquer the ghost of history that lurks on each of the 18 tee-boxes.

About IGCNA

Ikoyi Golf Community Nigeria Association was set up in 2013. It is an association of Nigerians who are members of the golf section of Ikoyi Club 1938.

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