IKOYI 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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