Fall In Love With Nigeria’s Most Beautiful Golf Courses
While football remains the most sought-after sport in Nigeria, golf is rapidly gaining the attention of many locals who wish to be more active.
There are now over fifty courses across the country, and listed below are some of the most notable, established, and beautiful golf destinations in the country.
Elizade Smokin Hills Golf Resort, Ilara-Mokin
The Smokin Hills Golf Resort is located just outside the university town of Ilara-Mokin. Smokin Hills is an 18-hole course covering 140 acres, carefully carved from the hills and surrounding jungle, featuring a complete golf experience with a practice area and driving range.
The signature 16th hole: a tricky 172-metre, par-3 features a full-carry tee shot over water to an island green, is similar to the famed 17th at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Ibom Golf Resort, Uyo
Located in Uyo, the Ibom Golf Resort features an 18-hole world-class golf course sitting at the top of a rich palm forest in the capital city of the State of Akwa Ibom.
Deemed as one of the most beautiful destinations in Nigeria, the Ibom Hotel and Resort is developed to welcome novice and passionate golfers alike, as well as social travelers who are on the lookout for a relaxing hideaway to reset and unwind close to nature. The course was named by Golfweek magazine in 2012 as one of the best resort courses in the world, marking the first time a course in Africa made it to the global list.
The par-72, 6361-metre track provides golfers with breathtaking views from several holes, featuring lush greens and fairways. It has a 73.5 course rating, offering ample challenge for golfers of all skill levels. The golf course also provides golf lessons too. Should you wish to take your game in a matter of a few practices, we highly suggest investing in a golf launch monitor.
Lakowe Lakes Golf & Country Estate, Lagos
Situated 40km away from the bustling city of Lagos, the Lakowe Lakes Golf & Country Estate is a serene golf course that features an 18-hole championship course, providing challenges for novice and professional golf players alike.
The unspoiled Robert O’Friel-designed golf course provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of Lagos and invites everyone in a luxurious, exclusive golfing experience in West Africa. Encompassing 82 hectares, the course consists of two returning loops of nine holes each, with four par-3s, four par-5s, and ten par-4s with a cart path connecting all 18 holes. Bunkers are strategically placed throughout the generously wide fairways and manicured greens to provide challenges for stray shots.
Ikoyi Club 1938, Lagos
Developed in 1938 as a European club, The Ikoyi Club 1938 is now one of the most active and prestigious recreational clubs in West Africa. In the following years, the European Club united with the Lagos Golf Club. This multiracial club is exclusive for members to enjoy various activities, particularly the 18-hole championship-caliber golf course. Laid out within the large 465-acre property, the tract covers just over 6,000 meters from the back tees.
The signature hole, the par-4, 7th hole features the need for a lake-clearing tee shot to a fairway that narrows as it approaches an elevated green. Besides the prestigious golf course, Ikoyi Club 1938 also offers other sports and relaxation amenities such as a gymnasium, library, tennis court, badminton court, and more.
IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja
Reputed to be one of Africa’s most beautiful parkland courses, the IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja features an 18-hole championship course that occupies about 101 hectares—boasting a lush scenery and playing distance of 6,098 meters.
The resort sits among an undulating green area punctuated with ponds and brushes that overlook the breathtaking scenery of Abuja metropolis. Crocodiles and monkeys are in their natural habitat throughout the resort, providing a unique golfing and wildlife experience you will never forget. The members-only resort features a golf course, 5-star clubhouse restaurant, lawn tennis court, bar, and a driving range.
Nigeria is slowly making waves in the golf industry for a good reason. With their wide selection of premium golf courses, it’s easy to imagine an unparalleled golf experience in this country. So now, pack your golf bags and mark Nigeria as your next golfing destination.
ARTICLE C/O JORDAN FULLER, GOLF INFLUENCE