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The Golf Course

Holes in whole

IBB International Golf and Country Club course is an 18-hole course covering about 101 Hectares (1,000,740m2) of land, located at the choice Aso drive area of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. Within the course is a driving range, putting green and practice bunkers with a handful of professional golfers and trainers at the service of the members.

The club retains the services of Julius Berger Plc for the maintenance of the course. Below is the summary of the features of the Holes in the course.

Hole 1

This is a straight par four (4) of approximately 355 metres to the green. Looking down from the tee-box is a clear view of the Abuja Central Business District, showing the Federal Secretariat and other magnificent buildings in the city. Bisecting the hole at 110m from the Tee-box is a ditch, a lateral hazard at the right. At the left of the Hole, to the green is a pond and a lateral water hazard. At the both sides of the hole are assemblage of palm trees, ornamental palms and other trees. There are 7 bunkers on this hole. The first is at the right and at about 220m to the green followed by the second and third at 155m and 75m respectively on the left side of the fairway.

On the left side of the green are two fairly deep bunkers, measuring about 1.1m and on the left are two normal bunkers. Some players prefer laying up instead of attacking the green for the fear of these bunkers. The green is elevated and heaped towards the centre and then slopes downwards to the back.

Hole 2

This hole is a straight par 3 of approximately 157 metres that is parallel to Hole 1. On the left is a pond, a lateral water hazard, which it shares with Hole 1. On the right is a rough made up of shade trees that shield Hole 3 tee box from Hole 2 bad shots. On the right, about 12m to the green is a normal bunker and there is a second bunker behind the green, which a player notices when he/she overdrives the green. The green is egg-shaped and relatively elevated.

Hole 3

This par 5 is a dogleg hole of approximately 467 metres with a total of eight (8) bunkers. On the left side is a thick rough with tall growing trees that are home to beautiful birds and reptiles. On the right is a combination of rough and hazard depending on the final rest of the ball.

From 105m from the green is a succession of 4 pairs of bunkers on both sides of the fairway towards the green, behind the green is a hazard with different species of trees that are home to some migrant birds. The green is parabolic shaped and slopes from left to right.

Hole 4

This par 4 of approximately 352m is a dogleg and probably the most difficult hole in the course. Straight shots can fly through the water hazard on the left over the trees that form part of the hazard, generally referred to as “tiger line” and to the fairway just before the lateral water hazards that is about 30m to the green.

There are 6 bunkers on this hole. The first and second are at the right at about 200m and 150m respectively to the green. The third is also on the right at 95m before the lateral water hazards. On both sides of the green are two (the fourth and fifth) normal bunkers and the sixth is behind the green put slightly on the right side which is about 0.8m deep. This Hole has caused many Golfers much pain due to consistent loss of balls of the water/lateral hazard. Crocodiles are common features in this hole. The green is peer-shaped, elevated, evenly spread, readable breaks with a bunch of shrubs defining the boundary at the rear.

Hole 5

This is a straight par 4 of approximate 285m. On the left is a perimeter fence beyond which is Out of Bounds (OB), further down is a rough and an orchard of mangoes and guava trees. On the right is a water hazard that runs towards the green but turns left, cutting across the fairway at 50m to the green.

There are five bunkers on this hole. The first is 100m on the right, the second and third are at 90m and 80m to the green on the left. The fourth, of about 1.2m deep and the fifth are on the front and left of the green respectively.

The green is egg-shaped and slopes from left to right.

Hole 6

This is a par 4 of approximate 354m that has a snack shop for light refreshment just before the tee-box. There are water hazards on both sides of the fairway; bisecting the hole at about 200m to the green is a lateral hazard.

Five bunkers are on this hole; the first at 195m on the left and the second is on the right and at about 140m to the green. The third and fourth bunkers are on the left side of the green, while the fifth, about 1.3m deep, is on the right side of the green.

The green is regular and almost circular in shape.

Hole 7

This is the second par 5 hole of about 466m that makes use of two different tee boxes. Just about 10m from the tee box is a lateral water hazard that is known as the python’s den. Further on, at about 15m is another lateral hazard. Both sides of the fairway are thick roughs made of orchards that are home to squirrels and birds. The orchard on the right is popularly called the “Love garden” but has been nightmare to many golfers.

There are 7 bunkers on this hole. The first is on the left; the second and the third are on the right, at 300m to the green, the fourth and fifth are at about 100m and 90m to the green respectively; while the sixth and seventh bunkers are on both sides of the green. Standing at 50m, at the centre of the fairway, to the green is an imposing tree that has caused so much pain to many golfers.

The approach to the green is hilly; the green is egg-shaped and gently slopes from back to the front.

Hole 8

This is the second par 3 and is approximately 130m to the green. Dividing the hole is a lateral water hazard that grows some big shrubs and trees. Topped balls are usually stopped by these shrubs. The tee-off is from a Plateau to the green on a valley. The green is egg-shaped and slopes from back to front, with three bunkers.

Hole 9

This is a par 4 hole and probably, the third most difficult hole in the course. It is approximately 386 metres long. In front of the tee box, bisecting the hole, is a lateral water hazard, immediately after the hazards are two trees confronting the line of the green.

At the left of it, is a continuous line of hazard while the right is a rough that harbors a forest of shade trees. The first and second bunkers are at 200m and 165m right; while the third and fourth are 25m left and 15m right respectively to the green. The green is bean-shaped, relatively slopes towards the centre and has an unusual double break.

Hole 10

This is a straight par 4 of approximately 306m with a beautiful and natural scenery; with the imposing Aso rock and many species of trees lining both sides of the fairway. On the left is an OB and the driving range while the right has a long lateral hazard.

Seven bunkers are on this hole; 4 bunkers are clustered at about 100m to the green, while the fifth, sixth and the seventh form a semi-circle on the left of the green. On the right of the green is a lake habited by big but harmless crocodiles.

The green is relatively flat and gently slopes from left to right with a snack shop around the tee-box.

Hole 11

This is a dogleg par 5 of approximately 395m. It is the shortest par 5 on this course. On the left side is an OB and the driving range and further down is a thick rough with big growing trees. On the right forming the dogleg is a rough with tall growing trees. Hard hitters prefer flying across the trees to the fairway.

Four bunkers are on this hole; the first is on the right at approximately 209m to the green; the second and the third are on the left and while the fourth is on the right side of the green. The green is egg-shaped and relatively flat.

Hole 12

This par 3 hole has two distinct tee-boxes, one at about 195m and the other at approximately 120m to the green. Dividing the hole is a wide water hazard that is a spoiler to many golfers.

Slightly on the right side, 7m before the green, on the fairway is an unusual tree that can make mess up a good shot. The 3 bunkers on this hole are around the green; the first is on the right, slightly in front of the green, the second on the left is about 1.4m deep, while the third is a normal bunker in front of the second one. The green is apple-shaped, sloping partly towards the front.

Hole 13

This is a straight par 4 of approximately 262m. On the left side a line of trees shielding the perimeter fence and the OB. On the right is a lateral water hazard that runs towards the green, curving towards the left, and bisects the fairway at 70m to the green.

On the fairway, at about 150m to the green is a shade tree that must be avoided, if good scores must be maintained. The green is surrounded with 4 bunkers, two in the front and two at the rear. The green is relatively flat and spherical.

Hole 14

This is the longest par 4 of approximately 460m to the green. At about 100m is a water hazard bisecting the hole and just before the hazard on the right is a rain shade. On both sides of the fairway is forest of roughs, standing on the fairway is a huge tree that at times stops beautiful tee-shots from gaining distance.

There are 6 bunkers on this hole; on the left, at about 100m to the green are two bunkers; the third and fourth, at about 70m and 50m respectively; confronting the green on both sides are two bunkers, the one on the right of the green is an unusual deep bunker of about 1.6m and popularly nicknamed “the destroyer”. The green is spherical with normal breaks.

Hole 15

This is a par 4 is approximately 357m and has a snack shop before its tee-box. A lateral water hazard bisects the hole at 40m from the tee box, facing the hazard on the left is a group of bamboo trees that is usually an obstruction to a good tee-shot. On both sides of the fairway are rough of different species of trees. There are 5 bunkers on this hole. On the right and left are 2 bunkers, at 135m and 100m respectively to the green. Before the green, slightly to the left is the fourth bunker; while the fifth is on the right side of the green. The green is egg-shaped and relatively flat.

Hole 16

This is a par 3 of approximately 136m. On the left are trees protecting bad shots from the perimeter fence and the OB which stretches to the back of the green. At 15m, right of the green, is a water hazard with a medium grown mango tree at the edge of the green. There are two bunkers by the left of this hole. The green is circular and slopes from back to front.

Hole 17

This is a par 4 of approximately 326m. It enjoys the use of two different tee-boxes. There is water hazard on the left running through to the green.

The crocodiles in this water are usually worth admiring. On the right is a group of trees forming a common hazard for holes 17 and 15. There are 5 bunkers on this hole; two bunkers are on the right, the third on the left side of the fairway, at about 150m to the green. Before the green, on both sides are the fourth and fifth bunkers. The green is bean-shaped and relatively flat.

Hole 18

This hole is also known as the “Home Coming” but can be a spoiler because of its features. It is a par 4 of approximately 335m. Just in front of the tee-box is a lake, a lateral water hazard being shared with Hole 10 green. On the right is a water hazard, sheltered by a group of bamboo trees while the left is a combination of rough and hazard of different species of trees. Ladies tee-off is beside the lake. At 95m to the green, partially to the left, is a huge tree, which most often constitute a nuisance to good shots.

The three bunkers on this hole concentrate around the green; the first is on the left while the second and the third are on the right. The green is unusually stepped and undulating, sloping steeply from back to front.