The Summary of the rich history of Ikeja Golf Club for 50 years and counting

Ikeja Golf Club was founded in 1968 by some prominent Nigerians and Expatriates amongst who were: Mr. A. O. Sandey then Commercial Manager, Nigerian Airways; Major Dickson, then Airport Commandant; Air Cdre Dan Suleiman, then Commanding Officer Nigeria Air Force Base, Pfizer, Bobby Benson and Felix Ibru. Others were Chief A. Sandey, Mrs. Alakijah, Dr Bailey, Duncan Blackwood, Chief Gilbert Olukoya, Chief Sunday Dankoro, John Brown (Pro), Albert Afun Ogidan, Captain John Obianyor and Baba Ahmed.

It started as a 6-hole Golf Course and finally took shape in 1969 when the Matchplay Championship Trophy was donated by Bobby Benson. The competition inspired the founding members to explore the developmental prospects of that time by selflessly committing themselves to ensuring that they succeeded at evolving an enviable golf Club as we have it today. The 6 holes ran from the present Ladies Tee-box, that is, from the road by the Squash Court, to the first brown and then running down to the second brown. Two (2) holes were on the Nigerian Airways’ football pitch.

Field at Ikeja Gold CLub

At that time, only irons were used to Tee off and it was called the ‘pitch’ and ‘putt’ with a very small sized brown. These were managed until 1970 when the members decided to acquire the present day Golf Course under the stewardship of Mr. Sandey as the Chairman of the Implementation Subcommittee. Until 2003, the putting surfaces of the golf course were “Browns” but today all the putting surfaces of the course are Greens. The present day Golf Course ran as holes 3”, 4”, 6” and 7” then while hole 8” brown, used to be near the 17th hole of the present day course.

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