Abridged History of the Club
The idea of creating a new capital of Nigeria, of equal proximity to all part of the country, popularly known as the “centre of unity”, was mooted by the government of late General Murtala Mohamed. The idea was consolidated by the subsequent governments, resulting to the creation of the Federal Capital Territory with Abuja as the capital. Its master plan has provision for two golf courses, with the aim of providing recreational facilities for the golfers.
General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, as the then Head of State relocated the Federal Capital from Lagos to Abuja, which could not boast of a golf club. As a result, many key Officers of the government, who were of course avid golfers, desert the City at short notices to Lagos to enjoy their game of golf.
In order to solve this problem of unusual trips to Lagos to play golf, the idea of providing a befitting golf course in the City was conceived by then Col. John Nanzip Shagaya with Alhaji Kazaure, Chief C. A. Mbanefo, C. N. Chigbo, B. I. Eze, O. O. Odunuga Nana H. Aliyu and S. O. Jones. The golf course concept was packaged and presented to General Babginda, who as a lover of the game enthusiastically approved it.
The construction work of the course, which measures about 101 hectares, started on 10th February, 1987 with the driving range, followed by the first 9 holes and the club house. The course was designed and constructed by Julius Berger, which of course, still maintains it with the Ministry of Federal Capital Territory as the supervisor. The first phase was completed in 1992 and celebrated with an inaugural tournament sponsored by Beecham/SmithKline.
The 2nd phase of the project was completed and opened for play in April 1994. Presently, at the apex of the club management is the Board of Trustees while the Executive Committee is saddled with responsibility of the day-to-day administration. The administration is supported by an efficient Club staff headed by a General Manager.
The first Members of the Board of trustees were appointed by the then Head of State, General Babangida and included Gen. D. Y. Bali (Chairman), Gen. MG Nasko, Gen. IBM Haruna, the Late Admiral MAB Elegbede, the late Alhaji Dodo Mustapha, Chief A. O. Kuye, Chief P.C. Asiodu, late Justice Nnaemeka-Agu and Gen. J.N. Shagaya, Alh. D. Mustapha and later replaced by Gen. M. Johnson and Amb. B.G. Kingibe and Dr. A. Wittman.
The pioneering officers who acted as the Executive Committee were inaugurated in October 1992. The officers were Col. J.Y. Madaki (Captain), Ms. Agatha Chukwueke (Lady Captain), Ms. Uche Nebedum (Secretary), the late Francis Chai (Treasurer), Mr. Paul Neugebauer (Course Officer), Mr Ralph C. Ohai (Competition/Caddy Officer) and later in 1993 Hubert Montag (Manager).
Hitherto, Col. J. N. Shagaya was captain till 1991. On April 18 1994, Mr. Hubert Montag left and was replaced by Mr. Rose William. Mr. Ene E.Ene and Mr. Moses Anabui were appointed as club and golf administrators respectively under the tutelage of Mr Rose Williams. Chief ENE E. ENE left in 1995 as substantive club manager resulting to Mr. Moses Odior Anubui taking over as the Club Manager cum Golf Administrator till March, 2000. The Club was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission in 1999 and presently has Mr. Ado Gonji as the General Manager of the club.
The golf course has a par of 72 with a Standard Scratch Score (SSS) of 71, 4 par 5s, 4 par 3s and 10 par 4s measuring 6,079 meters as the crow flies. A superb network of sprinklers with the source of water from Pendam Dam, Asokoro, helps keep the course lush all year round. There are practice putting greens and a flood lit driving range. Both the flora and fauna are very rich. There are wide varieties of birds, snakes, monkeys, crocodiles, among others in the course.
The categories of members of the club include ordinary, honorary, overseas, corporate and junior members. It has Ladies and Lawn tennis sections and regular Wednesday and Sunday kitties apart from other small and big tournaments that are organized frequently by the club and outsiders. The club also regularly organizes public lectures on various issues to keep its members abreast of current national and international issues. The club has a well equipped workshop and modern clubhouse with a pro-shop, two standard car parks, six locker rooms for males and females, administrative offices and standard Bar/Restaurant managed by the popular Sheraton Hotel and Towers.