A former captain of IBB Golf and Country Club, Okechukwu Igweh, has disagreed with the notion that golf is a game meant for only the elites.
According to Igweh said it is only in Nigeria that such notion exists while revealing that the game is accessible to everyone.
“The notion that golf is made for the elite alone is only obtainable in Nigeria and Africa, but in the western countries there are a lot of municipal golf courses where people go to play, but we don’t find such in Nigeria, hence the rationale that golf is only for the elite.
“Another impediment that fuels this notion is also the membership fee and annual subscription, which comes in due to the costly maintenance of a course”.
In a bid to erase this deficit, he highlighted the efforts of the golf association to adopt the use of municipal golf courses.
“The FCT golf association led by Engr Oladapo Olaide Mohammed is trying to establish golf courses at the municipal areas within the nation’s capital so that it becomes accessible for everyone,” he stated.
He further applauded the level of grassroots development of golf in the country while revealing that more efforts are being put in place to develop the game at the grassroots level.
According to him, golf is set to be introduced in public schools to create more awareness about the game.
“The necessary step to grow the game is being put in place now by the Nigeria Golf Association , FCT golf Association and all the clubs within the country are doing their own social responsibility to steer the game in the right direction,” he said .
“The awareness and participation has ramped higher as we have taken the leisure of taking the sports to primary and secondary schools in the grassroots areas to teach and tell students what golf does, within the next two years we can easily look at what we could have achieved.”
“Most of all, the club have clinics for the youths. We now have a lot of children from the ages of five years and above coming to learn the game arranged by the lady captain of the club yearly,” he said.