Nigeria will soon be getting another world class golf course, as a first of its kind golf course is soon to be sited in Osun, close to the renowned Olashore International School.
To increase interest in golf and make Nigeria a potential golf destination, the Olashore family and the Royal Park Hotel are planning the construction of the golf course to be located at Iloko-Ijesha.
The 18 hole Course is 6km long, with 9 holes located on 3km each, situated on 35 hectares of land (area), on about 6 to 6.5km walking distance. It also has Par 3s holes which is 310m long, Par 4s holes which is 350m long, and Par 5s holes which is 500m long.
Speaking at the formal advance presentation of the course at the weekend, the Chairman, Board of Governors, Olashore International School and the Royal Park Hotel, Prince Abimbola Olashore, stated that: “Our goal is to make Iloko-Ijesha, Osun State, a golf tourism destination. From Iloko here, within one hour drive, are various tourist attractions. We have the Osun grove, Ikogosi, Ijesha water-fall, UNESCO heritage, and so on. Iloko, the home of Olashore International School, is strategically in the middle.”
To demonstrate their commitment and sense of purpose, an Interim Committee was set to fast track the completion of the project and bring it to world class standards.
Chairman of the committee, Prince Tayo Haastrup, stated that, “Golf is relaxing and great for networking. We thank God we are having the first of its kind golf course in illoko-ijesha. This will not only boost the interest in golf outside the big cities, but it also promotes leisure and overall well-being. This will be good eventually not only for the people of Osun state, but for the game of golf at large. “.
According to a former Golf Captain, General Victor Odeka, “Most people at this inaugural meeting are from this area, and they have been longing for a Golf course so that home coming residents, corporates, parents of Olashore School and tourists desiring a serene environment will find the proposed golf course in Osun state a major attraction. And Golf is certainly not for the rich alone, or old people!”
On blending education, leisure and lifestyle, Olashore reiterated that the trio is a continuum. He said: “Lifestyle is a blend of what you do socially and family wise, while education is a life -long teaching that doesn’t stop. If you do sports in an education center, it means you are learning in an environment that promotes a very lifestyle. Golf is a social game for networking and character building. Though people see golf as expensive as a game player by the upper class, it teaches patience and peace of mind. And that is why we want to introduce it to our children at a tender age.”
The Principal of Olashore International School, Mr Derek Smith seems to agree. “I think Golf is a great sport for the children to learn, and it’s really interesting,” he said. “On the game, you learn self-control. Now that there’s going to be a Golf here now, everyone has the opportunity to learn lessons in the morning before school hours, in the evenings, and during weekends. In spite of the fact that we have competitions round the school, I think some of our students can partake in the competition.”
The interim committee members include: Prince Tayo Haastrup, Gbenga Onigbogi, Chief Akin Akinola, Dr Akin Moses, Mr Seyi Onajide, Mr Kunle Ogunbufunmi, Mr Tunde Fagbenle, Mr Oluseyi Lufadeju, Mr Femi Feyide, Arc Ayo Onajide, and Prince Lekan Olashore.