Golf: Smokin Hills to Hold Ijesu Festival September 3

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Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja

Golfers from across the country will spice up the activities to mark the Ijesu Festival at Smokin Hills Golf Resort, Ilara Mokin, Ondo State on September 3.

The Marketing and Promotions Manager of the course, Bayo Aderinto, disclosed over the weekend that a field of 60-100 golfers in outlook will be registered for the tournament at the close of registration on Wednesday.

Aderinto said the tournament is mooted as part of efforts to celebrate the host community’s culture and identify with the people.

The amazing Smokin Hills owned by Chief Michael Ade-ojo, the Chairman of Toyota Nigeria, is located next to nature and nestled among the cascading hills of Ilara-Mokin, a few kilometres from Akure. Its rising and descending fairways are defined by water features and pot bunkers, making it one of the best golf courses in Nigeria.

The 18-hole course which was opened in 2011 has played host to two professional events, the CMCL Open Championship and West Africa Golf Tour, won by Sunday Olapade and Kingsley Oparaku.

The special kitty will tee off from 9 am-12noon. Golfers who take part in the kitty, will enjoy hospitality package that will include accommodation for two nights; covering six meals, cart and caddy fees plus facility tour of Elizade University, Ilara- Mokin.

The registration fees vary from Adeojo package, which costs N45,000, to Alba N55,000 and Sunview N65,000.