Senate President David Mark owns Otukpo golf course
By Olawale Ajimotokan
Avid golfer and Chairman of ULO Consultants, Chief Uche Luke Okpuno, has described the Otukpo Golf and Country Club as one of the toughest golf layouts in Nigeria.
The 5,765 metres long course has of recent continued to position itself as one Nigeria's preferred golf destinations.
The uniqueness of the course which plays to par 72 is the straw of mango and orange trees in addition to its well protected and fast greens which amateur players struggle to reach in regulation.
It is such defining character that has prompted many golfers to place Otukpo in the league of Abeokuta, Minna, Calabar, Uyo and Air Assault - all regarded as the most challenging courses in Nigeria.
Otukpo opened its door to three high profile professional tournaments this year in addition to the matchplay between Otukpo and IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja.
The course was also the theatre of drama when the Glo West African Tour, the biggest professional money competition in Nigeria, was played late last year.
Okpuno, who plays off handicap 12, told THISDAY that the 18-hole Otukpo course is a layout that any golfer who wants to assess his skill should consider playing.
''It is one of the most difficult courses in Nigeria - it is a very challenging and tough course. If you are a good golfer and you want to discover yourself on a very tough course, this is a course to play. It is also the reason why I come here whenever there is a competition,'' Okpuno said.
Beside hitting the course, Okpuno is also in the habit of bringing his tournament, ULO Consultants Open Pro Am, to the country home golf course of the President of the Senate David Mark.
Ghanaian Emos Korblah choked the rest of the field last year to win while James Bulus beat Sunday Olapade to win in April.
''Even though we also play our tournament in Asaba and Abuja, Otukpo has become a major golf destination in Nigeria because it is a very good course'', Okpuno said.