Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF) is finally set to live to its responsibility by taking golf to the grassroots through a plan to build driving ranges across the country.
NGF Deputy Technical Director, Austin Ojomo said the federation was working on the idea of having driving ranges in each of the country’s six geo political zones.
Though a driving range is where golfers hit a ball and improve on their short game, its availability will easily attract kids from indigent background to golf.
Essentially, Ojomo noted that NGF wanted to install the driving ranges because the Nigerian golf community needs to move away from the caddy system.
Due to lack of driving range and to reasonable extent, a public course, the first point of contact with the game for any youth is the golf club where he will be put on the bag as a caddy. More than 95 per cent of Nigeria’s professional golfers came into association with golf as caddies.
“We plan for driving ranges in each of the geo political zones so that our children can have easy access to golf. We want to put many things in place and move away from the caddy system. Golf should be open for all regardless of class,” Ojomo said.